Published: Fri, May 12, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Patty Mills helps Spurs ground the Rockets

Patty Mills helps Spurs ground the Rockets

numberFire's models project Simmons to record 11.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.7 3-pointers in 31.6 minutes tonight in Game 6. The Rockets are 17-5 in elimination games at home over the last 25 years, the best mark in the National Basketball Association over that time frame.

Jonathon Simmons, who is averaging 6.2 points in nearly 18 minutes, will start at small forward.

Leonard's ankle problem wasn't the only injury San Antonio dealt with in this series, as it came after the Spurs lost veteran Tony Parker to a season-ending quadriceps injury in Game 2.

Aldridge posted an impressive double-double with 34 points and 12 rebounds to lead the way, as all five San Antonio starters scored in double figures in the close out game.

Instead, things went wrong early for the Rockets with Aldridge scoring 10 points in the first quarter as San Antonio dashed out to a 31-24.

While San Antonio fought through six games with the Rockets, the Warriors have been off since wrapping up a sweep of the Utah Jazz on Monday.

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Houston, which relied on its 3-point shooting to get this far, couldn't make shots from long-range going 13 of 40.

Patty Mills earned his second consecutive start for the Spurs, finishing with 14 points and seven assists in 27 minutes of action.

Rockets: Ariza received a technical in the third for the scuffle with Ariza.

NEED TO KNOW: As has been the case all series, the Spurs will try to limit Houston's 3-pointers. It will be interesting to see if D'Antoni employs the seven-man rotation on Thursday or if he gives second-year players Sam Dekker or Montrezl Harrell a chance to contribute. The 75 points Houston scored on Thursday night was a season low and the fewest points the franchise had scored in a playoff game since managing just 70 against the Los Angeles Lakers on May 17, 2009. According to a Friday morning report from Michael C. Wright of ESPN, the Spurs expect injured forward Kawhi Leonard to return for Game 1 against the top-seeded Golden State Warriors.

Gasol on the lopsided win: "No one expected a Game 6. win like this, but we just played hard".

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