HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – The Houston Rockets that took the floor against the San Antonio Spurs in game six on Thursday night at Toyota Center was far from the team that dominated the Spurs 126-99 in game one. The Rockets were bludgeoned by old playoff nemesis LaMarcus Aldridge to the tune of 34 points and 12 rebounds in 114-75 loss, among the worst in franchise history ending their season with a 4-2 series defeat.
The Spurs looked outmatched 10 days ago as the Rockets buried 22 threes on the AT&T Center floor. The Rockets had many opportunities to step on the throats of the Spurs, and found themselves making poor decisions, and watching San Antonio role players make game changing and series altering plays.
On Tuesday the Spurs rallied from a late deficit in the fourth quarter and despite chances to win late in the game the Rockets could not capitalize and found themselves with a heartbreaking overtime loss and on the ropes after a shot to the body by the Spurs.
“We should have won that game,” Rockets forward Ryan Anderson said of the overtime loss to the Spurs in game five. ” Yeah that kind of was a little jab. We still feel like we’re the better team. When we play the way we want to play and we know we can play we feel like we’re better than them. It’s just tough to see them going to the next round and we didn’t bring it all tonight.”
The Spurs dominated despite not having star forward Kawhi Leonard, nor star point guard Tony Parker playing. Parker was lost for the series in game two, and Leonard was a game time scratch.
“That’s a good team over there,” Rockets forward Trevor Ariza said not wanting to discredit the shorthanded Spurs. “Everybody from 1-12 plays hard no matter what the situation is. They came here and they showed why they are always in contention to be a champion.”
The Rockets never found their shots from their role players like Anderson. He and fellow three-point specialist Eric Gordon, both free agent acquisitions in the last offseason were a combined 2-for-11 from three in game six.
“You’ve got to keep your composure throughout the whole way,” Gordon said. “We just didn’t play well We didn’t have a flow going. When we don’t have a flow, we don’t play our type of game.”
Alex Del Barrio covers the Houston Texans for Sportsradio610.com and is the color commentator for the Houston Dynamo. He also hosts “ADB and Murph” with Matt Murphy which can be heard on Saturday afternoons 4-7 pm Follow Alex Del Barrio on Twitter: @alexdelbarrio