Warriors and Spurs to open West Finals on Sunday

Doug Mendoza
May 13, 2017

San Antonio didn't let up in the final frame, with Dejounte Murray providing the spark off the bench, as the Spurs built a 36-point lead with only 4:18 to play, prompting Houston fans inside to the Toyota Center to head out of the arena.

March 29 at San Antonio: Once again on the second night of a back-to-back set, this time after winning at Houston, the Warriors fell behind 15-0 in little more than four minutes and 33-17 after one quarter.

Jonathon Simmons also played superb in his first playoff start with the injured Kawhi Leonard a late scratch, ending up with 13 points at the break while playing solid defense to help San Antonio enter halftime with a 61-42 advantage.

Leonard tallied 25.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game this season while shooting 48.5 percent from the field and 38.1 percent from three-point range.

According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, the Rockets are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -6.5 points against the Spurs.

Morey mentioned that the Rockets place as much responsibility on Harden - the first player in National Basketball Association history to record at least 2,000 points, 900 assists and 600 rebounds in a season - as any player in the league.

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Rockets guard James Harden had a miserable night, scoring just 10 points on 2 of 11 shooting. While Westbrook may have broken a 55-year-old record, Harden won more games.

The Rockets superstar James Harden, who had an terrible overtime, was otherwise excellent in the most recent contest, and many would expect that to keep on kicking.

There will be plenty of time to pick apart the Rockets' collapse, from the too-short playoff rotation used by coach Mike D'Antoni to Harden once more being physically and emotionally spent in the playoffs from carrying so much of the offensive load and padding stats since October.

Spurs at Rockets, Spurs lead series 3-2. And he kept telling me how much Nash evolved as a player each season. I think Capela, for example, I'm not trying to say that he's going to be for sure an All-Star. but he's got a chance.

The Western Conference finals begin Sunday in Oakland.

Leonard tweaked his ankle on Tuesday, missing the end of the fourth quarter and all of overtime in that game. The Houston Rockets are coming off a 110-107 overtime defeat against the Spurs at San Antonio in Game 5.

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