With Tony Parker out for the remainder of the playoffs with a leg injury, the Spurs needed Aldridge to play to his potential if they want to have any shot of advancing in this series. The Spurs big man dominated on both ends of the court, finishing with 26 points, seven rebounds, two assists and four blocks as San Antonio stole Game 3 from the Rockets in Houston.
Parker's left leg appeared to go limp as he rose to attempt a short jumper in the paint over Houston's Patrick Beverley with 8:52 remaining. The Rockets have showcased this postseason an ability to thrive offensively without Harden playing at peak levels.
ABOUT THE ROCKETS: Harden hasn't played like an MVP candidate during the first two games and is averaging 16.5 points on 9-of-30 shooting.
This post was syndicated from 360Nobs.com. Leonard's stats helped a lot to seal a win for his team, 121-96. He also became the fourth player in National Basketball Association history (after Ray Allen, Reggie Miller, Manu Ginobili) to make 300 playoff three-pointers.
Rockets: Houston had scored 100 points in every playoff game this season. Patty Mills was the primary point guard without Parker and Ginobili served as the lead backup.
The Spurs led by six until Aldridge scored all of their points in a 7-2 run to make it 85-74 with about five minutes left.
Mills had earlier indicated he would be willing to step up if Parker was indeed put on the long-term injury list. On Friday, the Spurs and Rockets face each other again for their third semifinals game at the latter's home court.
The Spurs seem to have a good plan to limit this offense to a season-low 92 points, so basically the Rockets will need to make tons of threes to win this series. May. But he averaged 15.9 points on 53 percent shooting in eight playoff games, including a vintage 27-point night in Game 6 against Memphis to clinch that series.
"What he brings to their team, I don't know how you replace that", Rockets forward Trevor Ariza told reporters in Houston.
The Spurs might be able to survive the loss of Parker, considering they no longer rely on him like they once did. In Game 2, the Spurs adjusted and James Harden struggled massively, invalidating Houston's huge advantage when their superstar starts cooking against their slow-footed bigs.