Harden, Rockets rout Spurs 125-104 to tie series

San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili shoots as Houston Rockets forward Ryan Anderson defends during the first half in Game 4 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Sunday

I guess that's where all the passion comes out, at those moments.

Houston Rockets center Nene Hilario (42) smiles after making a basket agains the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first half in game five of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. He averaged 9.1 points and 4.2 rebounds in 17.9 minutes per game during the regular season.

The Spurs already were without Tony Parker, who will miss the rest of the playoffs after surgery to fix a ruptured left quadriceps tendon. Now I see the Spurs returning the favor with some good adjustments for Game 5.

The Spurs were further diminished in game five when MVP candidate Kawhi Leonard rolled his ankle late in regulation and could not play for the rest of the night.

The Rockets hit 19 of 43 three-point attempts on Sunday, levelling the series heading into Game Five at San Antonio today. "The first shot's there - now it might be like the third pass, and we've got to do a better job moving it".

Making a prediction in the 2017 National Basketball Association playoff series between the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets has been just about impossible with both teams winning two games by comfortable margins. "I'm excited about us getting an opportunity to represent our franchise in the Eastern Conference finals to go play for the big one". Popovich certainly is not going to answer that question before the game starts. His family convinced him to play in the game.

Perhaps more importantly, the Rockets weren't killed on the boards when playing the small lineup.

With Capela and Nene, the Rockets had the slight edge on the Spurs' Dwayne Demond-Pau Gasol combo.

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But the defensive effort and facilitating Houston's offense appeared to take a toll on Harden.

Curry finished with 23 points on 6-for-20 shooting. Harden played 46 minutes and looked drained in a turnover-riddled, scoreless overtime. "Guys just have to have confidence and knock down these shots and be aggressive". "That's something to keep an eye on".

Game 5: Rockets at Spurs, 5 p.m.

By now the Rockets have some heightened expectations because they know they can hang with the Spurs and the loss of Parker's skills as a floor general cannot be measured.

The Rockets have gotten back in the series after dropping games 2 and 3. Not only do the Rockets have to win the next two games, they'll have to buck history.

There's seemingly no rhyme or reason why there have been three blowouts between the Spurs and Rockets just as there's no legitimate explanation why there have been so many laughers in all the other series halfway through the 2017 NBA Playoffs. "This was his best game, obviously", Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told reporters of Aldridge.

Spurs: Ginobili has 313 3-pointers in his postseason career, which is third in league history behind Ray Allen (385) and Reggie Miller (320). It's a shot that can bail a team out when first and second options are taken away by the defense. "Some guys are going to have to play a little more minutes". If you'd seen the clips of our transition D, you would've traded all the players and fired me by the end of the game. The issue is defensively with the three-guard lineup the Rockets trot out.

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