Spurs overcome Leonard injury, Harden to beat Rockets in OT

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"We let one slip away", Harden said. What they've built, however, the concept of the Spurs. that might have achieved sporting immortality.

The Rockets have two wins in San Antonio this year, but the Spurs have three wins in Houston.

San Antonio Spurs' Danny Green (14) drives to the basket as Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) defends during overtime of Game 5 in a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Tuesday, May 9, 2017, in San Antonio.

"No way Kawhi Leonard misses the next game".

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Game 6 is Thursday at Houston.

The now heralded offensive weapon spent only one season at the University of Texas before coming off the board at No. 2 overall back in 2007. "I did what it takes for my team to win tonight". He did not play much during the final few minutes of regulation, and he did not play at all in overtime, dealing with both a right knee issue and a left ankle problem that came when he landed on Harden's foot late in the third quarter. You know the Spurs will. Win Game 5 and the Rockets can close out at home. What might be most remarkable about Popovich is his combination of longevity and flexibility. If you're between sizes go with the larger of the two. The Rockets used nine players in the first quarter of Game 4 after not using more than eight players prior to the fourth quarter in any of their first eight games of the postseason. The pace favored the Rockets but the Spurs held strong. At 6-8 Harrell is undersized to play center, but his athleticism helped him excel when he was getting consistent playing time midway through the regular season.

Here are three takeaways from Game 5. The symphony of passing we saw in the 2014 NBA Finals turned into a series of solos.

The Spurs matched the Rockets with a change to their starting lineup.

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"Competitors are competitors. People want to play", Popovich said Thursday. Gasol has deterred the Rockets at the rim, and Aldridge nearly single-handedly restored the value of the midrange shot.

(AP Photo/Eric Gay). San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili (20) of Argentina celebrates a turnover by Houston Rockets' Eric Gordon (10) during the second half in Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Tuesday, May 9, 2017, in San Antonio. The entire Rockets team made one. They were giggling with each other that I couldn't lift 185 pounds, and I was like, 'All right, keep laughing. We've seen the difficulty in replicating the Spurs' success with Spurs alumni elsewhere, seen in the tenure of general manager Rob Hennigan and coach Jacque Vaughn in Orlando. He also made a foul shot down the stretch. The Golden State Warriors.

Popovich said after the game he was not sure how serious Leonard's injury was. This is what's possible when there's empowerment of people without an emphasis on individuals.

He became Indiana's head coach in 1984 after three seasons as an assistant with the team.

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