The San Antonio Spurs pull away in overtime, taking a 3-2 lead in series

The San Antonio Spurs pull away in overtime, taking a 3-2 lead in series

Last night marked the fifth game between the Houston Rockets and the San Antonio Spurs in their playoff series.  Game 1 would be a victory for the Houston team as they hand the Spurs a 126-99 blowout loss.  In that game, Trevor Ariza scored twenty-three points, pulled down four rebounds and gave out two assists.  Kawhi Leonard would settle for twenty-one points, eleven rebounds and six assists.  The Spurs would bounce back in the Game 2 as they hand the Rockets a 121 to 96 blowout loss.  Kawhi Leonard finished with thirty-four points, seven rebounds and eight assists.  Ryan Anderson would chalk up eighteen points, eight rebounds and one assist.  San Antonio would win the third game, as well, pulling away with a 103-92 score.  In that game, LaMarcus Aldridge scored twenty-six points, pulled down six rebounds and dished off two assists.  Kawhi Leonard would also put up twenty-six points, along with ten rebounds and seven assists.  James Harden would chalk up forty-three points, two rebounds and five assists.  The Houston Rockets would come back as they defeat the Spurs in Game 4 with a 125 to 104 victory.  James Harden finished with twenty-eight points, five rebounds and twelve assists.  Jonathon Simmons would settle for seventeen points, four rebounds and one assist.  Each team looked to take a 3-2 lead in the series as they faced off last night in the AT&T Center.

The game would start off right for the San Antonio team as Tony Parker’s replacement, Patty Mills, would put up eight points which would include two three-pointers.  Jonathon Simmons would come off the bench to chalk up six points as he shot seventy-five percent from the field.  Kawhi Leonard would be limited to five points throughout the entire quarter but he would knock down a three-pointer in the process, while gathering up three rebounds and three assists.  On the other end of the court, James Harden would get hot for fifteen points while shooting seventy-one percent from the field.  He would knock down three 3-pointers in the process, along with five defensive rebounds and three assists.  Former Magic player, Trevor Ariza, would nail two three-pointers while crashing the boards for two defensive rebounds.  Patrick Beverley would also put up six points, three of them coming from behind the arc but it was the home team that ended the first quarter with a 32-29 lead.  The Rockets would respond with a 31 to 26 run in the second quarter as they shoot sixty-one percent from the field as a team, limiting the Spurs to forty percent.  Ryan Anderson would come off the bench to chalk up eight points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He would collect three of those from behind the arc as he jumped up to grab three defensive rebounds.  Harden would put up eight points as he pulled down three defensive rebounds and dished off two assists.  Clint Capela and Patrick Beverley would each contribute with five points as Beverley would earn three of his from behind the arc and the other two from the free-throw line.  On the other end of the court, Leonard would shoot fifty percent from the field to collect seven points while Aldridge would help out with six points but it was the visiting team that went into halftime with a 60-58 lead.

Kawhi Leonard would come out of the locker room to put up ten points in the third quarter as he pulls down seven rebounds.  Patty Mills would collect five more points to add to his scoring total.  He would shoot fifty percent from the field, knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  As for the Houston team, Anderson would throw up seven points, earning three of them from beyond the arc.  Beverley would knock down two three-pointers but it was the Spurs who walk into the last period with a 86-85 lead.  Houston would stay in it as former Clippers player, Eric Gordon, would receive seven points.  He would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, nailing a three-pointer in the process.  James Harden would also gather up seven points as he shot fifty percent from the field.  Aldridge would help his Spurs team out with six points and five offensive rebounds.  With one minute left in the fourth period, both teams would be tied at 99 a piece.  James Harden would knock down two free-throws to give his team a two-point lead.  With thirty-four second left in the game, Manu Ginobili would answer with a two-point jumper to tie the game up.  James Harden would turn the ball over with eleven seconds left in the game as the Spurs call for a timeout.  Out of the timeout, Mills would drill a three-pointer to win the game but would get the shot off right after the buzzer went off, resulting in the game going into overtime.

Both teams would be held scoreless in the first three minutes in overtime until Patrick Beverley knocks down a three-pointer, off of a James Harden assist.  Jonathon Simmons would get sent to the free-throw line as he knocks down both of his foul shots, bringing the Spurs within one.  With fifty-six seconds left in the game, Danny Green would drill a three-pointer, giving the San Antonio Spurs a two-point lead.  The Rockets would quickly regain the lead, thanks to a three-pointer from Ryan Anderson.  Green would get fouled while connecting for two-point shot, sending him to the line to knock down his foul shot.  With that, the San Antonio would hold a two-point lead, forcing Houston to call a timeout.  Gordon would miss a three-point jump shot as Danny Green grabs the rebound.  He would go the free-throw line to knock down one of his two foul shots as Rockets call for a 20-second timeout.  James Harden would come out of the timeout to attempt a three-pointer but is blocked by Ginobili as the Spurs pull away with a 110-107 win.  Kawhi Leonard finished with twenty-two points, fifteen rebounds and four assists.  James Harden would finish with thirty-three points, ten rebounds and ten assists.


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