Last night marked the third game between the Houston Rockets and the San Antonio Spurs in their playoff series. The first game was a blowout for the Spurs as the Rockets defeated them, 126 to 99. In that game, Trevor Ariza scored twenty-three points, pulled down four rebounds and dished off two assists. Kawhi Leonard finished with twenty-one points, eleven rebounds and six assists. The Spurs would bounce back in Game 2 as they hand a blowout loss to the Rockets, 121-96. Kawhi Leonard would chalk up thirty-four, seven rebounds and eight assists. Ryan Anderson would settle for eighteen points, eight rebounds and one assist. Each team looked to take a 2-1 lead in the series last night as they faced each other in the Toyota Center.
In the first quarter, James Harden dropped nine points, collecting three of them from behind the arc. Former Wizards player, Trevor Ariza, would contribute with two three-pointers, earning himself six points. He would also collect four rebounds and two assists as he shot fifty percent from the field. On the other end of the court, LaMarcus Aldridge would put up six points of his own, along with three defensive rebounds. Former Memphis player, Pau Gasol, would help out with five points which included a three-pointer but it was the home team that ended the first quarter with a 21 to 19 lead. The Spurs would return the favor with a 24 to 18 run in the second quarter, shooting forty-six percent from the field while the Rockets would be held to thirty-five percent. During that run, Kawhi Leonard would drop eight points, along with four rebounds and one assist. Former Trail Blazers player, Aldridge, would shoot seventy-five percent from the field, receiving six points in return. As for the Rockets, Ariza would knock down three 3-pointers to add nine more points to his scoring total. While Harden would be limited to only four points in the quarter, Eric Gordon would come off the bench to contribute with a three pointer but it was the visiting team that walked into halftime with a 43-39 advantage.
In the third quarter, James Harden would get hot as he lights the floor up with fourteen points, which would contain two three-pointers. Chicago-native, Patrick Beverley, would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field to earn himself five points. Clint Capela and bench player, Eric Gordon, would each be limited to four points. Trevor Ariza would play for the entire quarter, only to be held scoreless. As for the visiting team, Leonard would chalk up nine points, knocking down a three-pointer in the process. Another former PortlTrail Blazers player, Patty Mills, would come off the bench to knock down a three-pointer and three free-throws to earn himself six points as his Texas team would walk into the last quarter with a 72-66 lead. The Spurs would finish things off in the fourth period as Aldridge would put up nine points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field. Kawhi Leonard would contribute with seven points, which would contain one three-pointer and four free-throws. James Harden would try to bring his team back in it as he goes off for sixteen points which included two three-pointers but it was the San Antonio Spurs who pull away with a 103-92 win, taking a 2-1 lead in the series. Kawhi Leonard finished with twenty-six points, ten rebounds and seven assists. LaMarcus Aldridge would finish with twenty-six points, as well, along with seven rebounds and two assists. James Harden would settle for forty-three points, two rebounds and five assists.