San Antonio Spurs eliminate Houston Rockets in blowout

The Spurs held the Rockets to less than 100 points for the third time in this series after they been limited to less than 100 points just five times in the regular season.

"Everybody picked it up".

"Patty controlled everything really well. everyone contributed and it was a real team effort", said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. "A bunch of competitive guys, they play way more confident at home.it's going to be about taking care of the ball, playing confident, just trying to minimize our mistakes out there".

The San Antonio Spurs can advance to the Western Conference finals with a win over the Houston Rockets on Thursday night, but they'll have to do so without Kawhi Leonard. They won the second-most games in the National Basketball Association this season (61) and took down the Grizzlies and Rockets in the first two rounds, finishing off Houston without the services of Leonard, an MVP candidate.

And the Spurs didn't need Parker (torn left quadriceps) or Leonard (sore left ankle) to do it.

Jonathon Simmons will replace Leonard in the Game 6 starting lineup as the Spurs look to close out the series in Houston. Those raggedly old San Antonio Spurs - without Kawhi Leonard, mind you - ravaged Houston 114-75, eliminating them from the playoffs. "It is going to hurt and linger", said Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni.

Leading 31-24 entering the second, the Spurs levied the knockout blow with a 19-3 run fueled largely by reserves.

"They did a really good job of crowding, showing bodies, the bigs at the rim, things like that", said Harden, who battled a cold earlier in the West semifinals series but said he was "good" when asked about his health Tuesday night. "I was making passes and we didn't knock down shots".

"Everything falls on my shoulders", he said. The Rockets lost center Nene Hilario in game four with what was originally ruled a groin injury. He had two field goal attempts in the first half and scored only 5 points while committing five turnovers.

Leonard is averaging 27.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists this postseason. Trevor Ariza and Clint Capela were the main scorers for the Rockets and without Harden's numbers, it was hard for them to keep up. I can't say yes, and the only reason I'm giving them a game is the vast amount of respect I have for the Spurs. "I don't want to litigate what just happened". We will have a ton of coverage of the last game of the Rox series, and we will set up everything for GSW vs. SA, with Game 1 this Sunday.

The San Antonio Spurs will go on to play the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. If the Celtics win, they would move on to host the Cleveland Cavaliers to open the Eastern Conference finals.

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