Spurs overcome Leonard injury, Harden to beat Rockets in OT

The 6-foot-11 player was the star of Game 4 of Houston's first-round series against Oklahoma City when he tied an National Basketball Association record by making all 12 of his shots and scoring career playoff-high 28 points in a 113-109 win.

James Harden triple doubled with 33 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, but went full Russell Westbrook hero ball in the overtime session, and the Spurs responded by stealing a game they had no business winning 110-107 to go up 3-2 in the second round series.

Then with the clock winding down, 39-year-old Ginobili made this huge block to assure the Spurs would come away with a three point win.

Harden is scoring 27.4 points per games, dishing out 10.2 assists per games while grabbing 5 rebounds per game in this series. His absence in overtime was a concern, not only for the result of Game 5 but for his status moving forward. Although nike.com no longer carries the white-and-black colorway worn by Ginobili, other styles can be purchased now for $104.97.

As the final play developed, it fell to Manu Ginobili to make the stop.

Patty Mills started the game and finished with 20 points off 7-f0r-16 shooting from the field.

"He didn't want to come out obviously, we let him a play on a little bit just to see how it went". Popovich has dominated the former Phoenix Suns coach in the playoffs sending him home multiple times.

When Kawhi Leonard went to the bench with an ankle injury, Ginobili became part of the closeout group again. They missed several wide open threes down the stretch that likely would have changed the complexion of the game. Beverley drained a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession, prompting San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich to scream and point at official Derrick Stafford.

"(Mills) is a little bit more risky, so you have to pay more attention to him.

No matter what happens during the remaining games between the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets, Manu Ginobili, 40, will always have this fantastic highlight. He had a chance at a potential tying three-pointer in the final seconds of OT, but was blocked from behind by Manu Ginobili.

This feels like a lot of points to just give a Spurs team that's capable of grinding out a victory on the road. The Spurs led, 91-87, with eight minutes remaining. The Rockets are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Conference Semifinals games, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 home games and 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games overall.

The game was close and very competitive in the first quarter.

SAN ANTONIO-The San Antonio Spurs were in a tough spot after Kawhi Leonard hurt his ankle in the second half.

  • Rosalie Stanley