SAN ANTONIO – Final update: The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Houston Rockets 110-107 in Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference Semifinals. The Spurs are now 3-2 against the Rockets.
End of 3rd quarter: Spurs lead Rockets 86-85. Kawhi Leonard has 22 points and 12 rebounds while Patty Mills has added 16 points. Wild game so far. Should be a great finish.
End of 2nd quarter: Spurs trail Rockets 58-60 at halftime. Kawhi, LaMarcus and Patty Mills have combined for 33 points, but James Harden has 23 points. Very tight game at AT&T Center.
End of 1st quarter: Spurs lead Rockets 32-29. San Antonio got off to strong start led by Patty Mills who scored 8 points. Jonathon Simmons added 6 off the bench. Fun start to Game 5.
Pregame update: Patty Mills will start in place of Dejounte Murray during Game 5 Spurs-Rockets.
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San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich elected to not practice Monday or Tuesday before game five Tuesday night.
With the series tied 2-2, the Houston Rockets worked out both days, they needed to make a few adjustment since they are down to just one solid big man having lost Nene for the rest of the playoffs with that groin injury.
Guarding the paint now falls squarely on shoulders of Clint Capela who will more than likely be asked to play more than his usual 24 or 25 minutes.
"I am going to enjoy it, that's fun its always exciting, I am going to give my best definitely to have good memories about it," Capela said.
He will have the challenge of trying to guard LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol, whoever comes down low for the Spurs.
"I am going to have to step up and be ready to be even be more than a presence defensively and offensively to finish strong from the defensive side," Capela said.
Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni said he will go with a smaller starting lineup for game five.
The one he used to start the second half of game four, Eric Gordon starting in place of Ryan Anderson, along with James Harden, Trevor Ariza, Patrick Beverley and Capela, that way he can bring Anderson off the bench.
The Rockets care coming off that game four win 125-104.
They hit 19 our of 43 three's and they will be trying to bring that same energy and that same shooting sharpness in game five that they had in game four to get the lead in the series heading back to Houston.
"We just got to play hard, play hard, we understand what is at stake here, this is obviously going to be a very big challenge for us," said Lou Williams.