Spurs wrap up series with rout

The Houston Rockets saw their 2016-17 season come to an end on Thursday night, as they were hammered at home by the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals, 114-75.

The Spurs play Golden State in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Golden State. The 25-year-old told reporters that he would play in Game 6 shortly after the Spurs claimed a 3-2 edge in the series following a 110-107 win on Tuesday night.

Harden took only 1 shot in the 1st quarter and 11 shots total to finish 2-11 from the field with 10 points, 6 turnovers, and he fouled out just to add to his bad stat sheet. The Spurs made the Rockets look like twelfth-graders, blowing Houston out with a 39-point massacre, despite not having San Antonio star Kawhi Leonard in the lineup. I mean, he's had a historic year, and you can't just say, 'OK, one game.' and all of the sudden, social media goes insane.

"I don't know if it's true or not, but it's nearly like mentally it just zapped us", he said.

Story line: Unbeaten and mostly untested in the postseason, the Warriors are four wins from a third straight trip to the NBA Finals as they play a banged-up San Antonio team. Rookie point guard Dejounte Murray was also outstanding, scoring 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting and finishing with 10 rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block in 23 minutes.

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Jonathon Simmons scored 18 points in place of Leonard, but the MVP candidate's return is likely a necessity in order for San Antonio to compete with the Golden State juggernaut.

"Everybody picked it up", Popovich said after the Game 6 win.

Harden was not at Toyota Center for his exit interview Friday, but he took the blame for the Rockets game six loss right after it finished. Pau Gasol paired 10 points with 11 boards for San Antonio, who trailed 5-4 in the first quarter before rolling to victory. San Antonio compiled a 60-37 rebounding edge and limited Houston to 28.6 percent shooting. When the Rockets got good looks from deep, they actually shot well, hitting 47.1% on open and wide open threes.

D'Antoni said he expects the Rockets to have the best offense in National Basketball Association history next season, saying they can "add layers" to the system to help Harden. While this season was a success - the Rockets surpassed expectations and clearly have built a team that allows Harden to flourish - the final two games of this series will add to the doubts that already follow Harden and D'Antoni.

"We've got a whole summer.to put it behind us", Harden said.

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