Spurs rout James Harden, Rockets 114-75 to win series

Spurs face Golden State next in West finals

(AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
(AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

HOUSTON – The Spurs pulled off one of the greatest wins in franchise history Thursday night.

It was a Game 6 on the road against a sharpshooting Houston Rockets team. 

The Spurs were without Tony Parker and MVP candidate, not to mention the best two way player in the league, Kawhi Leonard, who was out with a sprained ankle.

San Antonio still managed to pull off a win 114-75 to head to the Western Conference Finals.

The way the Spurs won it even caught them by surprise. Nobody expected that, especially no Kawhi (Leonard) and no Tony (Parker).

"It just goes to show you on any given night, anything can happen in the NBA, even in the playoffs," said Danny Green, who scored 10 points.

The main thing that happened for the Spurs was LaMarcus Aldridge did exactly what the Spurs needed.

He scored a season-high 34 points on 16-26 shooting. He also grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked two shots.

"They guarded me great, they had a good game plan. I just touched the ball a little bit more tonight so I had a chance to figure it out," Aldridge said.

Jonathon Simmons filled in nicely for Leonard, scoring 18 points and hounding the Rockets on defense.

After a tough Memphis series and then a game bout with Houston, Golden State awaits, but they will have to wait till Sunday.

"That's the team to beat. I'm not going to get into it. I'm going to enjoy this win for now, but they've dominated dominated the West. So that's the team to beat. It's going to be a tough task for us for sure," Aldridge said.  

The Spurs reached the Western Conference finals for the first time since winning the title in 2014. 

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