Spurs rout Rockets 114-75 to win series

LaMarcus Aldridge, who has struggled for parts of this postseason, scored 34 points on 16-for-26 shooting. "That's the team to beat", said Aldridge from the podium in Houston. Harden often had free rein anywhere inside the three-point line, but no one to kick it out to. Gordon added a rebound, an assist, a steal, and a block, while Anderson brought down six rebounds.

"I apologize to James harden I'm ready to talk and end the curse... it's time to talk and be the leader everyone believes you are", the Based God wrote on Twitter shortly after Houston's devastating loss. For years, we kept talking about how the Spurs seamlessly shifted players in and out and depended on Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili to anchor their system, and in five games against the Heat, it was on full display.

This one stat the Spurs referenced following Thursday's win represents that to a T.

Thursday's win was another reminder of that. Pau Gasol paired 10 points with 11 boards for San Antonio. San Antonio compiled a 60-37 rebounding edge and limited Houston to 28.6 percent shooting. They had only seven turnovers on the evening. Because they're the Spurs. Harden appeared to be worn out at the end of the Western Conference Semifinals.

And while criticism that his style of basketball can't work in the playoffs is foolish - the way D'Antoni's Phoenix Suns teams played has become the blueprint for offenses around the league - this failure, and particularly how it unfolded, will follow the Rockets into the summer.

The Spurs opened the third quarter with an 8-1 run, with six points from Aldridge, to extend their already big lead to 69-43 with about 9 1/2 minutes left.

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Sobral sang his Amar Pelos Dois ( Love For Both ) in a high, clear tenor accompanied by quiet strings and a piano. Amid heightened security, some 10,000 police were deployed on the streets, some carrying semi-automatic weapons.

The second-seeded Spurs beat the top-seeded Warriors in two of three meetings this season, with the victor in all three being the team that had better success on 3-pointers. They found solutions and took control and clinched the series without Leonard.

Usually when us fans refer to a Game 6, we think about back in 2015 when the Houston Rockets came back from a near-insurmountable deficit on the Los Angeles Clippers to take Game 6 to eventually win the series.

The Spurs led by 19 points at halftime and kept extending their advantage throughout the second half as they advanced to the Western Conference finals for the first time since winning the title in 2014. But Pop adjusted his defensive schemes, and started dictating the pace of the series. Record-wise, the Warriors 67-15 regular season mark represents the best to go up against Popovich during his stint in San Antonio. They will be playing the Golden State Warriors, a team that has finished just ahead of the Spurs in their past few seasons.

"This is going to hurt and linger, but hopefully it will spur us on to what we know where we've got to go". They tried to do everything they could to make it a great year. And telling your bench guys that you trust them and you expect them to do the right thing, whether during a meaningless game in Sacramento in February, or a playoff game in Houston where your best player is not even in uniform. But so are the Warriors, albeit a more fluid one - but not one without its own questions. The talent gap might be too wide for San Antonio to overcome. They've been overwhelmed by talent before.

For D'Antoni, being ousted by coach Gregg Popovich and the Spurs is nothing new. They're a fast-paced team that likes to shoot on the perimeter.

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