Leonard sat out much of the fourth quarter of Game 5 on Tuesday and didn't take the court for overtime after he came down on the foot of James Harden while turning to run up the court with 5:37 remaining in the third quarter. The two combined for 28 points in the win and Manu had the game-winning block in the closing seconds.
With their best-of-seven NBA Western Conference semifinal tied at 2, the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs meet in Game 5 on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 (5/9/17) at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.
Game 6 is Thursday in Houston and the victor of the series will take on the Golden State Warriors in the West finals.
"Everybody pulled together and played some good defense without Kawhi being out there", San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "The competitiveness was just off the charts", he said. However, Manu did come up with the biggest play of the game when his team needed him most.
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.
"The way he is and the way he competes", Ginobili said, "when we saw him just sitting to close the game, it was not a great signal". "We weren't going to lose the game being on our heels. Offensively, we just kept the mindset that if we're open, just let it fly".
The Spurs lead the series 3-2.
The Rockets looked exhausted late in the game.
Currently, Simmons is averaging 12 points a game coming off the bench for San Antonio in the series.
MVP candidate Harden posted his usual big stat line (33 points, 10 rebounds and assists) but hit only four of 15 from behind the arc. However, he committed a game-high nine turnovers. Harden, who finished with nine turnovers, said he was not worn out despite playing 43 minutes.
Credit the Celtics' transition defense, vastly improved from Games 3 and 4, for shutting down Washington before it got rolling. He does a ton of things for us. But he insisted that he's fine and will be ready to go on Thursday.
But Ginobili, the second-oldest player in the National Basketball Association, sparked the team throughout the night.
The San Antonio Spurs played a nail-biting game against the Houston Rockets in game 5 of the National Basketball Association playoffs.
Danny Green then drew a foul attempting a layup to give San Antonio a 109-107 buffer, with a further free throw making it 110-107. Patrick Beverley drained five 3-pointers on his way to 20 points, Ryan Anderson scored 19 points while Eric Gordon was promoted to the starting lineup but finished with just 11 points. San Antonio led by as many as 42 points in the second half, administering a thorough beating before a rapidly thinning crowd. The Spurs do not want to chance another shootout with the Rockets, especially with Leonard hurting.