Spurs overcome Leonard injury, Harden to beat Rockets in OT

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It was a superb piece of athleticism from the 39-year-old Argentinian, which gives the Spurs a precious lead as the series heads to Houston for Game 6 on Thursday.

As Jonathon Simmons walked over to the large media scrum at the center of the locker room, a Spurs' employee quietly reminded him to take his hood off before standing in front of the cameras. He still led the Spurs with 22 points and 15 rebounds. The Spurs failed to take a shot on their final possession, with Patty Mills banking in a 3-pointer after the buzzer sounded. Green was reacting to an incident Olynyk had with Kelly Oubre Jr. of Washington, who was suspended for a game after shoving Olynyk after a hard screen.

San Antonio managed to pull off a victory in overtime, but it's very obvious they just aren't the same team without Leonard on the floor.

"It's a little sore", Leonard admitted after the game, before saying, "I'm gonna be able to play". So perhaps there's still drama ahead, starting Tuesday in Game 5 in San Antonio with the teams tied 2-2.

Still, the Spurs got the Game 5 win, and that buys them some leeway if Leonard needs more time to recover. Speaking of Leonard, the Spurs played overtime in Game 5 against the Rockets with him sidelined by an ankle injury and won that, too.

Leonard was pragmatic when asked if he thinks his team is in control of the series after escaping with a win on Tuesday night. "For sure, it's going to be a tough battle over there". He scored 12 points off the bench, nabbed seven boards and dished out five assists, all with zero turnovers. Veteran Manu Ginobili got a key block on MVP candidate James Harden's game-tying three-pointer as time expired to seal the deal.


"We played well enough to win but just didn't finish the job", Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said.

Spurs at Rockets, Spurs lead series 3-2. "I mean (I) know who I am, I know what I do, what I stand for".

But against the Rockets this series, Simmons has averaged 12.2 points, almost doubling his season average of 6.2 points.

The series returns to Houston on Thursday, where the Rockets fight for the opportunity to extend this series to its deciding game.

"I don't know how he can call anybody dirty", Thomas said.

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. Nene averaged 17.9 minutes a game in the team's first nine playoff games, and at 6-foot-11 and 250-pounds he was a strong inside presence to help deal with Pau Gasol and Aldridge.

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