Spurs rout James Harden, Rockets 114-75 to win series

Popovich found a way to win a postseason game with Patty Mills and Jonathon Simmons in the starting lineup, and the pair combined to score 32 points. It's tough, especially the way we lost a game six at home.

Harden said the Rockets did not take the Spurs lightly even though San Antonio were without Leonard due to an ankle injury.

Before Thursday, the Rockets had been 17-5 at home when facing elimination over the past 25 postseasons, the best record in the National Basketball Association in that span.

He did not even attempt a shot before knocking down a three-pointer with 6:18 remaining in the second quarter.

"I really just didn't have a rhythm at the beginning of the game", Harden said.

San Antonio was up by 23 after the third quarter and scored the first seven points of the fourth to make it 94-64 and send numerous home fans streaming to the exits. San Antonio compiled a 60-37 rebounding edge and limited Houston to 28.6 percent shooting. He passed on good shots, gave the ball up when he had a lane to the rim, and had trouble getting on the same page with the teammates that surrounded him, and for that he credited the Spurs. "Pau (Gasol) did a really good job of using his length at the rim, so hats off to them".

"We need to get better as a group", he said.

When the Spurs opened the second half with an 8-1 burst sparked by six points from Aldridge, their advantage ballooned to 26 points. Clint Capela finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds. The Spurs have thrived in countless situations, but this effort, given the circumstances, resonated. "Every guy on the team puts in extra time to be ready to play".

NOTES: Spurs F Kawhi Leonard hopes to return to action Sunday for Game 1 of the Western Conference finals at Golden State, but G Tony Parker will miss the remainder of the playoffs.

The Spurs were up by 19 by halftime in a game that was over quickly, and didn't let up to reach the Western Conference finals for the first time since winning the title in 2014. The 25-year-old told reporters that he would play in Game 6 shortly after the Spurs claimed a 3-2 edge in the series following a 110-107 win on Tuesday. Houston fell to 7-5 when facing elimination since G James Harden joined the franchise in 2012-13.

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