All signs pointed to the Houston Rockets as the favorites to force a game seven. Kawhi Leonard was held out of game six due to an ankle injury which seemed as a default to force a game seven back to San Antonio. The question would be who could step-up and give San Antonio a 39-point win in Houston?
It was night where LaMarcus Alridge would get a chance to show his dominance similar to his days as a Portland Trailblazer. It was his turnaround jumpers and high percentage shots that propelled the Spurs offensively. Alridge would finish with 34 points on 16-of-26 alongside 12 rebounds. Jonathon Simmons and Patty Mills would resume the role of back court starters. The Spurs would get six of their players in double digit scoring while the team shot 53-percent. The battle of the boards ended up on San Antonio’s side with 60 rebounds to Houston’s 37.
It was the all the opportunity of for James Harden to show why he deserved the MVP this season. The complete opposite would exist in game six. Harden finished with 10 points on 2-of-11 shooting from the field accompanied by seven assist and six turnovers. The Spurs defense flashed its skill set by forcing Harden to throw errant passes and contested shots. Houston shot 28-percent from the field while only hitting on 22 attempts in 48 minutes. The 22-made field goals is amongst the fourth lowest amount in the shot clock era since 1954.
This marks the fifth time that Mike D’Antoni has faced Greg Popovich in the playoffs. D’Antoni is now 0-5 against Popovich in the playoffs with Thursday’s series loss. The Spurs will move on to face the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.