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Spurs Return to Western Conference Finals

19 Mai 2017

The Spurs eliminated the sluggish James Harden and Houston Rockets with a 114-75 victory in Game 6 on Thursday night behind a season-high 34 points from LaMarcus Aldridge in a game they played without All-Star Kawhi Leonard.

Rebounding has been a dominant theme for the Warriors ever since they learned San Antonio would be their finals opponent, and Curry picked up the beat in the final practice before Game 1.

"Everything falls on my shoulders", said Harden, who finished second in scoring during the regular season at 29.1 points per game behind Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook.

The regular season MVP candidate also dished out seven assists, but was heavily criticized after the game after several pundits called out the star guard for quitting on his team.

As heavily favoured as the Warriors are, the Spurs have proven they're capable of at least making the road more challenging for the team from the Bay. But as a team, as a unit, we really didn't have a rhythm, and they capitalized on that."It's frustrating, definitely, especially the way we were resilient all year long and we've been fighting through adversity, we've been really good at bouncing back". "The Spurs are coming in with some momentum, with the way they shared the ball the last game". The Spurs won all four quarters, with Houston getting within four points in third. While the Warriors are at their best when they go small and play Draymond Green at centre, San Antonio prefer to utilise their size and do damage in the paint and on the glass.

Popovich was asked about Brown's Friday response when discussing the San Antonio coach's intimidation factor. D'Antoni, who helped Houston to a 14-game improvement in his first season, believes the Rockets might have been worn down by dealing with a team that lacks a clear weakness to exploit.

They lost Tim Duncan to retirement last summer, then saw veteran point guard Tony Parker go down with a season-ending quadriceps tendon tear in Game 2. Dejounte Murray, who came on in his place, delivered 11 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in 24 minutes, as the Spurs outscored the Rockets by 33 points with the Rookie PG on the floor.

His trey trimmed the Spurs' lead to 18 points.

"We've seen him in different jerseys since he's left here (Boston and Dallas before San Antonio)", Curry said.

"I just came here ready to play", he said.

While San Antonio fought through six games with the Rockets, the Warriors have been off since wrapping up a sweep of the Utah Jazz on Monday. Their previous low was 92 in their Game 3 loss to the Spurs, when Harden scored 43.

I don't know what's wrong with the Houston Rockets, but it's probably not good.

Spurs Return to Western Conference Finals