The San Antonio Spurs pulled off a nail biter Tuesday night, defeating the Houston Rockets 110-107 in overtime to take a 3-2 lead in the series. Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with a double-double, finishing with 22 points and 15 rebounds, followed by Patty Mills with 20 points and 18 points from LaMarcus Aldrigde.
The hero of the night however was 39 year old Manu Ginobili, who sealed the game after blocking a last second shot attempt from James Harden. Ginobili only finished with 12 points but his presence was made throughout this entire game especially when Kawhi Leonard was benched in the last seconds of regulation and overtime due to an ankle injury.
James Harden triple doubled with 33 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists. Houston was leading in both regulation and overtime after forcing the Spurs to play at their pace but the Rockets went downhill after a series of turnovers and missed shots. Harden had 3 turnovers in overtime and as stated above was not even able to get off his last second shot to tie the game, thanks to Ginobili and his unrelentless defense.
What’s surprising is that the Spurs were able to take control of this game without their leader, Kawhi Leonard who was on the bench during the most crucial moments of this game. The clutch play of Patty Mills, Danny Green, and Manu Ginobili got the Spurs over the hump. With Tony Parker out and maybe now Kawhi Leonard, will the Spurs be able to survive the series? The Spurs will be hoping to close out this series in Game 6 on Thursday, May 11 in Houston.