San Antonio advance to Western Conference finals with Game 6 blowout of James Hardens Rockets
LaMarcus Aldridge had a season-high 34 points and included 12 rebounds in his 2nd huge video game of the of the Western Conference semifinal series to get the scoring slack with Leonard out after rolling his ankle in San Antonios overtime success in Game 5 on Tuesday.
The Spurs were up by 19 by halftime in a video game that was over rapidly, and didnt slowed down to reach the Western Conference finals for the very first time because winning the title in 2014. The 4-2 series win sends them to conference finals versus the Golden State Warriors .
Trevor Ariza led Houston with 20 points on a night when MVP confident Harden topped his excellent season by connecting a season low with 10 points on 2-of-11 shooting prior to fouling out with 3:15 left.
Jonathon Simmons filled out well for Leonard, scoring 18 points and pestering the Rockets on defense.
San Antonio was up by 23 after the 3rd quarter and scored the very first 7 points of the 4th to make it 94-64 and send out a number of the house fans streaming to the exits.
Already without veteran Tony Parker, who suffered a season-ending quadriceps injury in Game 2, the Spurs seemed the underdog entering this one without Leonards scoring and defense.
Instead, things failed early for the Rockets with Aldridge scoring 10 points in the very first quarter as San Antonio rushed out to a 31-24. When Harden took his very first shot midway through the 2nd quarter, Houston was currently down 50-29. He made that 3-pointer to whittle the lead a bit, however it didnt get the Rockets going.
The Spurs opened the 3rd quarter with an 8-1 run, with 6 points from Aldridge, to extend their currently huge cause 69-43 with about 91/2 minutes left.
The Rockets utilized a 7-2 spurt after that with 3-pointers from Ariza and Eric Gordon to cut the cause 71-50 with about 7 minutes staying in the 3rd.
A 3-pointer by Harden not long after that got Houston within 20, however San Antonio scored the next 4 indicate make it 77-53 a number of minutes later on.
Houston, which count on its 3-point shooting to obtain this far, couldnt make shots from long-range going 13 of 40. The Rockets likewise had problem scoring in basic, making simply 28.6 percent (22 of 77) of their shots in general.
When there had to do with 4 minutes left, big portions of empty seats filled the arena dotted by pockets of San Antonio fans who cheered and stood while the staying Rockets fans sat dejected.
During a timeout not long after that a number of Spurs danced near the bench to music piped through the arena as Aldridge positioned a towel over his shoulders and accepted congratulations from his colleagues with his work was provided for the night.