Published: Tue, May 23, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Spurs steamroll Rockets to advance to Western Conference Finals

Spurs steamroll Rockets to advance to Western Conference Finals

But Curry, Green and Thompson were young players in the 2013 playoffs, when the upstart Warriors attacked the Spurs from the outset and had them on their heels; but then the Spurs regrouped, got some Hall of Fame moments out of Manu Ginobili and Parker, and San Antonio won in six games. The San Antonio Spurs was still able to win the series against the Houston Rockets with a commanding 39-point lead, 114-75. "I take responsibility for it".

Harden - Houston's own MVP candidate - had an opportunity to shine and, instead, was barely a factor. He is averaging 27.8 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.7 steals in the playoffs. Trevor Ariza paced Houston with 20 points, and Clint Capela had 15 points and 12 boards. The All-Star guard scored just 10 points, on 2-of-11 shooting from the field, in Game 6 of the NBA Western Conference Semifinals, including nailing 2-of-9 three-pointers. After exercising franchise playoff demons against the Rockets in dramatic fashion, San Antonio recognizes the looming test. Along with having one of the game's best players in Leonard (he should be fine for the next series), they also have the game's best coach in Gregg Popovich.

While he still keeps in touch with Curry and others, Lee is downplaying any potential nostalgia from his time with Golden State. They jumped to a seven point lead (31-24) in the opening quarter, and never looked back.

"I just didn't have rhythm", Harden said. Many expect Cleveland and Golden State to duke it out again this year, but Golden State first has to contend with San Antonio.

Leonard suffered from a sprained left ankle during their close match with Houston in Game 5 after accidentally landing on James Harden's foot during the third quarter.

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Meanwhile, the San Antonio Spurs were pushed to six games against the Grizzlies in the first round and six games to the Rockets in the second round.

The presence of Aldridge and Pau Gasol in the paint, and the constantly quick rotation of the Spurs defense on the perimeter, bothered Houston all night.

In the absence of Leonard and with point guard Tony Parker out to a leg injury, San Antonio have needed LaMarcus Aldridge to step up and the big man has delivered.

Harden averaged 29.1 points, 11.2 assists and 8.1 rebounds a game - all career bests - in helping Houston to a 55-27 record and the third best record in the National Basketball Association a year after the Rockets squeaked into the playoffs an eighth seed. For his professional tenure, he has averaged 16.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists across 30.5 minutes per game.

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