The San Antonio Spurs eliminated the Houston Rockets, 114-75, in game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals, Thursday, May 11, 2017, at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The contest was a complete annihilation of the Rockets by the Spurs.
San Antonio began the game without guards Tony Parker and All-star Kawhi Leonard. Parker is out for the playoffs due to a thigh injury in game 2, and Leonard was out due to an ankle injury during the previous game.
The Rockets came out of the locker room flat and seemed to be a step slow. San Antonio took the early lead, 14-10, and stretched that to a seven-point advantage to end the period leading 31-24.
The second period saw the Spurs step up the defensive pressure and push even further ahead of the Rockets. The Rockets could not get any offensive rhythm going and committed nine turnovers in the first half alone.
San Antonio was quicker to the ball and shot very well. They led by as much as 22 points and finished the half leading 61-42. The MVP candidate for the Rockets, James Harden, looked lost on the floor. He had two field goal attempts in the first half and scored only 5 points while committing five turnovers.
The third quarter continued with the Spurs playing dominant defense and excellent offense. The Rockets had no answer and the quarter began with a 10-4 run by San Antonio. The third ended with the lead pushed to 23 points; 87-64.
The final period was owned by the Spurs. Any chance of a Rockets comeback was dashed by a 7-0 run, resulting in a 94-64 lead for San Antonio with 9:16 remaining. They never looked back from that point. The Spurs finished with their most dominating quarter of the playoffs, outscoring the Rockets, 27-11, to complete the blowout.
San Antonio was led by LaMarcus Aldridge with 34 points and, a game-high, 12 rebounds. The Spurs showcased their total team play, as six players finished scoring in double-digits. The Rockets Trevor Arena led them in scoring with 20 points.
The Spurs now move on to the Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors. The series will begin Sunday, May 14, in Oakland, California.
Written By D.T. Osborn
Edited by Cathy Milne
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