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Spurs dismantle Rockets 114-75 and Rockets' season
Posted: May 11, 2017 -- 11:59 pm CST.
HOUSTON, TX (Toyota Center) -- The Houston Rockets picked the worst time of the season to have one of their worst performances; and the Spurs took advantage and dismantled the Rockets 114-75. With the loss, the Rockets' season ends with a 4-2 series loss.
Hours before the game, the Spurs announced Kawhi Leonard would not play in Game 6 due to his sore left ankle.
With Leonard out, the Rockets began the game lifeless and listless. The Spurs were aggressive. The Spurs jumped to a 14-7 lead; but, Clint Capela and Pat Beverley sparked the Rockets to a 7-0 run to tie the game at 14.
Then, Jonathon Simmons and LaMarcus Aldridge keyed an 11-2 run. The Rockets never recovered.
The Rockets trailed the Spurs 31-24 after the first quarter.
James Harden attempted zero field goals in the opening quarter.
Harden's first field goal attempt occurred at the 6:19 mark of the second quarter. At that point, the Rockets trailed 50-29.
"I really just didn't have any rhythm from the beginning of the game," Harden said after the game. I felt like I was making some passes; and, we just didn't knock down shots or whatever the case may be."
The Rockets trailed 61-42 at halftime.
The Spurs started the third quarter with a 10-1 run to eliminate any hopes a Rockets' comeback.
The Rockets trailed by as much as 42 points in the second half.
A trilling season ended with a massive thud.
"Very disappointing to end the way we ended. That's it," Trevor Ariza lamented after the game.