Mills provides offensive boost in first playoff start

With the Rockets set to host Game 6 at Toyota Center on Thursday night, they will have to live with the fact that they could have closed out the Spurs at home instead of facing their first elimination game of this postseason. "The diving on loose balls, coming up with whatever it may be, you're throwing your body on the line in those situations". San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich hopes he will not have to find out. The victor of Game 5 will win this series.

"I was trying to keep them in front of me", Harden said.

"It's going to be tough", Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge said. When the Spurs would start to make their shots then the Rockets did too. "You just try to soak it up and play hard". But he seemed to run out of gas in an overtime where he was held scoreless, and had a 3-pointer which could have tied the game blocked by 39-year-old Manu Ginobili just before the buzzer. The small forward might not be 100 percent at tip off in the potential clincher, but his prediction is that he will take the floor in the team's most important game of the season. If the San Antonio Spurs don't have Leonard, it should be obvious the Spurs won't win anything.

Green finished with 16 points, including the final seven San Antonio points in overtime, while Mills - starting in place of the injured Tony Parker - had 20 points. "We just didn't finish the job". "They're a great offensive team", Leonard said of Game 6.

Leonard initially said he wasn't sure if he was able to play, but obviously he got the all clear to say he could later on.

Houston Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni spoke afterwards about the crushing overtime loss his Rockets suffered in the crucial Game 5 of their second round series.

Denied! During the closing moments of Game 5 between the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs, James Harden went for a game-tying shot - only to have Manu come in and smack the ball away at literally the last second!

Popovich, however, did not rule out sitting Leonard to have him gain more rest for a Game 7.

(AP Photo/Eric Gay). San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili (20) of Argentina celebrates a turnover by Houston Rockets' Eric Gordon (10) during the second half in Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Tuesday, May 9, 2017, in San Antonio. Victory at the AT&T Center today would ensure the Spurs have two bites at the cherry to progress to the Western Conference Finals in Games 6 and 7.

So far in the series against the Rockets, Leonard is averaging 23.8 points, 9.8 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game, while playing almost 36 minutes per night.

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