With Nene, Tony Parker Gone, Spurs-Rockets Battle Man Down

With Nene, Tony Parker Gone, Spurs-Rockets Battle Man Down

The Spurs bested the Rockets' offensive rating by putting up 125.3 points per 100 possessions. The Wizards led by as many as 26 and outscored the Celtics (237-191) in the two games in D.C.

"That's probably too many minutes we played him", D'Antoni admitted. "We got caught in the middle trying to find guys and not really locking them up tonight". It's always a risk to go that small against a team that usually plays big, but so far it is paying off for Houston. When we continue to play fast and score over 120 points, it's our day to win. "I think we have to communicate better in transition and try to get to shooters better", Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge said after Game 4.

Meanwhile, it's devastating how Houston's 3-point shooting has worked in its victories over the Spurs in this series.

The main critique of the Rockets usually devastating offense is what happens when the three-point shots don't fall.

HOUSTON (AP) - After fighting through a awful chest cold for the last few days, James Harden finally felt like himself on Sunday night. Popovich went with the reserves with 8:11 left, when the Spurs trailed by 16 (105-89). By increasing the pace, you don't allow San Antonio to get comfortable defensively, which increases the chances of getting a mismatch or confusion. The injury came as the Spurs are locked in a second-round battle with Houston, a series tied 1-1 with Game 3 on the road coming up Friday. San Antonio led by 14 at the time, but there was a still plenty of time for the Rockets to jack up 10-straight 3-pointers and mount a stirring comeback.

The Spurs led by six when Aldridge scored all of their points in a 7-2 run to make it 85-74 with about five minutes left. Five Spurs players did the same, including Patty Mills' 15 points off the bench.

Celtics beat Bulls 108-97, take 3-2 lead in series
Bulls guard Jimmy Butler had just 14 points on six-of-15 shooting and Chicago were minus-11 with their star on the floor. Isaiah Canaan , he of the team-leading 29 "Did Not Play, Coach's Decision" designations, is the Bulls' starter.

The Spurs shot 49.4 percent overall (44/89) and 30.4 percent (7/13) from beyond the arc. James Harden had 28 points and Eric Gordon 22, as Houston found is rhythm again and proceeded to make this west semi a dogfight. Ryan Anderson wrapped up the scoring in that quarter with a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

"Make him take tough shots", Spurs guard Manu Ginobili said.

"He's a great source for me to read what we're doing that night in that game and what might be needed". Three-point, paint, fouls - that's when he's at his best. "We've got to win one in San Antonio". The Rockets are 41-of-93 (44.1 percent) from range in their two victories in the series, and they're shooting 31.5 percent (23-of-73) in the defeats. They nailed 22 threes in their Game 1 win.

TORONTO - LeBron James scored 35 points, Kevin Love had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Toronto Raptors and take a 3-0 lead in their second-round playoff series. Anderson hit three treys and Ariza and Beverley had two each.

Ballin' baby! The San Antonio Spurs will travel across Texas to battle the Houston Rockets during game 4 of their National Basketball Association playoff series.