Leonard sprained his ankle during game 5 and was not available to play in the late stages of the game, missing the entire overtime period.
Spurs at Rockets, Spurs lead series 3-2. Patty Mills had 14 points and seven assists, while Danny Green reached 10. It seems only fitting that this series will be decided in a Game 7 with Houston having one of their offensive outbursts in a Game 6 victory.
"We went to him with Kawhi off the court and asked him to make some things happen, generate some offense". If they want to win Game 6 in Houston, they're going to have to slow down Harden in addition to Houston's bevy of other shooters, especially when Houston goes to the smaller lineup like they did by starting Eric Gordon in Game 5. He converted the second of his two free throws to expand San Antonio's lead to 110-107.
A 3-pointer would have forced the game into double overtime, but in came Manu!
ABOUT THE SPURS (61-31 SU, 48-44 ATS, 47-44-1 O/U): Ginobili had his best game of the series with 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists in addition to the game-saving rejection of Harden. However, he committed a game-high nine turnovers.
"I don't know", he said.
We'll have up-to-the-minute scoring and stats here throughout the game. The lone remaining member of their old-school trio, 39-year-old Manu Ginobili, pulled off a vintage performance in Game 5 that brought them to this point. But we will be ready on Thursday.
The Spurs led by as many as 28 points in the third quarter as LaMarcus Aldridge played like the superstar he was expected to be when he left Portland in 2015 to join the Spurs.
But Ginobili, the second-oldest player in the National Basketball Association, sparked the team throughout the night.
San Antonio had a chance for a final shot in regulation, but with Leonard, the Spurs' usual end-of-game option, on the bench nursing his injury, they looked out of sync and could not get off a shot in time. Patty Mills recorded the first playoff start of his career, played 43 minutes and scored 20 points. Simmons and Ginobili tallied 12 apiece for the Spurs.
Rockets: Houston has lost four straight best-of-seven series when it was tied 2-2.
With the Rockets leading 82-81, officials ruled a ball out of bounds on the Spurs that replays showed was actually off Harden.
But despite the Leonard-less finish, cold shooting and mental errors, the San Antonio Spurs came out on top.
Leonard was pragmatic when asked if he thinks his team is in control of the series after escaping with a win on Tuesday night.