The San Antonio Spurs took down the Houston Rockets, 110-107, in a game-5 overtime thriller in their Western Conference semifinals matchup. The contest took place Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.
These teams matched the number one defense in the NBA, the Spurs, against the number one scoring offense of the Rockets. The play on the court reflected these rankings, delivering the best game of the series so far.
The game was close and very competitive in the first quarter. Both teams were executing well and the period ended with a 32-29 lead for the Spurs.
The second quarter was more of the same. The Rockets all-star guard James Harden was extraordinarily prolific, scoring 23 points in the first half, which concluded with the Rockets leading 60-58.
The Rockets pushed ahead in the first part of the third, leading by as much as nine points, 72-63, with seven minutes left. The Spurs counter-punched with an excellent defense and a timely 3-pointer by Danny Green to take a one-point lead, 86-85, finishing the period.
The fourth quarter continued the back, and forth game, and regulation play proved not to be enough for this contest. The Spurs led, 91-87, with eight minutes remaining. The Rockets retook the lead, 92-91, with 6:50 left. At the end of regulation play, it was 101-101 to force overtime.
Guard Danny Green was the hero for the home team in overtime. He scored the final seven points for the Spurs to lead them to victory. All-star Kawhi Leonard did not play in the overtime period. He appeared to injure his ankle in the third quarter.
Houston was led by MVP candidate James Harden, who had a triple-double with 33 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists. San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 22 points. Patty Mills contributed 20 points to the winning effort.
The Spurs now take a 3-2 advantage in this best-of-seven series. The series will resume in Houston, Thursday, May 11.
Written By D.T. Osborn
Edited by Cathy Milne
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