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A pair of Harden free throws with 54.1 seconds to play staked the Rockets to a two-point lead but Ginobili answered with a tough, running one-handed layup to knot the game at 101 with 34.1 remaining. "The diving on loose balls, coming up with whatever it may be, you're throwing your body on the line in those situations".

They are just one victory away from eliminating the Rockets to set up a conference finals series against the Golden State Warriors. His absence in overtime was a concern, not only for the result of Game 5 but for his status moving forward. Ginobili says he doesn't even want to think about the idea of not having Leonard out there on the floor in a closeout game. "It was tough because when they put a small on you, you have a tendency to go in". The two-time Defensive Player of the Year has played phenomenal defense on Harden in the fourth quarter throughout this Spurs-Rockets series. He went on to play in a team-high 43 points, scoring 20 points. He had a chance to tie the game at the end but was eventually blocked from behind by Manu Ginobili.

Looking ahead to Game 6, the injury to Leonard could have a significant impact.

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Nene, a 15-year veteran in his first season with the Rockets, averaged 10 points and 4.7 rebounds in nine postseason games this year.

Patty Mills (8) tried to elevate the Spurs' spirits after the loss of Tony Parker, and he helped that cause by soaring to a 20-point performance in Game 5. The Rockets all-star guard James Harden was extraordinarily prolific, scoring 23 points in the first half, which concluded with the Rockets leading 60-58.

Kawhi Leonard sat the last few minutes of regulation and all of overtime with a (probably) ankle sprain. After the game, Stripling said he was just running as fast as he could, as if he were "trying to run away from a bear".

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The platform for the Lions win was set by the opening pair of Smith and Ishan Kishan, who added 91 runs at almost 10 runs an over. Once again, the inconsistency in the Kings XI squad hampered their performance as their chance to qualify for playoffs weakened.

"Patty did tonight what he's done for us the entire time he's been here and given the circumstances we just wanted to start out better offensively and not get in a hole against these guys, because if you get behind you've got big problems", Popovich said.

Leonard said he will play in Game 6 on Thursday in Houston.

The percentage of teams that win the series after winning Game 5 when things are tied at 2-2 is huge, which means both teams will be going all out to get their noses in front today. Following back-to-back comeback wins by the East's top seed in the first two games in Boston, Washington returned the favor with a pair of dominant wins on its home court.

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Mills added four assists, helping orchestrate an offence that was fuelled by 22 points and 15 rebounds from star Kawhi Leonard and 18 points and 14 boards from LaMarcus Aldridge.

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