Spurs overcome Leonard injury, Harden to beat Rockets in OT

It was Green and Ginobili who led the Spurs to the win. He had a chance at a potential tying 3-pointer in the final seconds of OT, but was blocked from behind by Manu Ginobili.

"It's a little sore", Leonard admitted after the game, before saying, "I'm gonna be able to play".

With Tony Parker out, the Spurs have been relying even more heavily on Kawhi offensively for several games. His defining moment though, came in the waning moments of regulation.

Despite both his ankle and knee bothering him, Leonard still led the way for San Antonio with 22 points and 15 rebounds.

Leonard rolled his ankle with 5:37 remaining in the third quarter Tuesday and while he played half of the fourth quarter he was absent for over-time as the Spurs defeated visiting Houston 110-107.

Game 5 was back and forth all night long and was, by far, the closest game between these two teams this series. He also made a foul shot down the stretch.

"I think we all made a decision to be aggressive", Green said of Leonard's absence, "regardless of what was going to happen". "We never know who is going to have a hot night". Mills then took a deep three- pointer with a hand in his face and made the shot, but the buzzer had sounded and Mills didn't make it in time.

"We have a lot of talent", Curry said. Patty Mills received the ball at the top of the key and looked to pass the ball in to Pau Gasol who had his back to Mills. "I tried to bother him as much as I could".

Without star Kawhi Leonard, Green took over in the final minute with Spurs trailing by 1.

"I just missed shots", Harden said. The San Antonio Spurs have lost five of their last seven road games.

Spurs' Patty Mills (08) scores against Houston Rockets' Trevor Ariza (01) and Eric Gordon (10) at the Toyota Center on Friday, May 5, 2017. Check the scoreboard above and click on the stats link.

The Rockets did outperform the Spurs in numerous overall game categories.

National Basketball Association trade rumors: Carmelo to Heat? They averaged just 11.5 3s in the two losses, shooting 31.5 percent. Otherwise, the Spurs need to refocus on defense.

"Harden was the primary defender on a team-high 20 possessions, according to ESPN Stats and Information tracking, and the Spurs got only seven buckets out of those trips".

Reuters/Russ Isabella-USA TODAY SportsSan Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) defends against Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15). "A bunch of competitive guys, they play way more confident at home.it's going to be about taking care of the ball, playing confident, just trying to minimize our mistakes out there".

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