Spurs overcome Leonard injury, Harden to beat Rockets in OT

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These praises are well-deserved because Ginoboli contributed 12 points, 5 assists, and 7 rebounds, not to mention his impressive block against Harden.

The Spurs defeated the Rockets 110-107 in overtime to take a 3-2 series lead and the advantage as it shifts back to Houston. Patrick Beverly and Ryan Anderson, who came off the bench, scored 20 and 19 points respectively.

Despite being held out in crucial minutes of game five put no doubt in the minds of Spurs fans on his availability for Game 6 in Houston on Thursday. Those extra days of prep would give Brown and his staff ample time to plan for Houston if necessary, he said.

No matter what happens during the remaining games between the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets, Manu Ginobili, 40, will always have this fantastic highlight. The Rockets began to pull away towards the end of the fourth quarter - courtesy 6 of 24 shooting performance by the Spurs in the frame - but clutch play by the aforementioned guard trio brought the Spurs back and forced overtime. It seems only fitting that this series will be decided in a Game 7 with Houston having one of their offensive outbursts in a Game 6 victory.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Leonard wanted to keep playing but that the staff made a decision to bench him.

KEEP AN EYE ON: The Spurs' transition defense. When the Rockets got the ball to Harden about eight feet beyond the arc, he used a pick to swing around to the three-point line, and it looked like he had a wide-open chance to tie the game.

Game 5 is Tuesday night in San Antonio with the series tied 2-2.

Patty Mills remembered all too well how crestfallen the Spurs were after Tony Parker suffered a postseason-ending injury last week in Game 2 of the West semifinals against the Rockets. Without Nene, who was lost two minutes into Game 4, Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni opted for a seven-man rotation. He delivered the best dunk of the game, the best assist of the game and eventually the biggest block and play of the game. No need to stay up late for a frantic finish when the outcomes are decided so early.

Reserve guard Jonathon Simmons tallied a team-high 17 points for the Spurs in Game 4 while forwards Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge scored 16 apiece and reserve guard Patty Mills added 10 points for San Antonio, which never led in the game.

Leonard was hurt when he stepped down on the foot of Houston's James Harden while turning to run up the court.

He showed his scoring class and plenty of defensive hussle to help the Spurs get a massive win.

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