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Harden's triple-double helps Rockets over Wolves, 113-102


By KRISTIE RIEKEN
Posted Feb 24 2015 12:12AM

HOUSTON (AP) James Harden focused on getting his teammates involved until he got himself going.

Harden had 31 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his second triple-double this season, leading the Houston Rockets to a 113-102 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.

Harden missed his first seven shots but got going late in the first quarter. He said when his shots aren't falling, it helps him to find his teammates open.

"When I get my teammates confident to shoot their shots and be aggressive and get them in their rhythm, I can get into mine and that makes everything easy," Harden said.

Harden had 13 points at halftime and was a rebound away from wrapping up his fourth career triple-double entering the fourth. When he juked Ricky Rubio with a crossover that sent the defender stumbling to the court and stepped back to swish a 3-pointer to end the third, it was clear that it was his night.

Houston led by nine at the start of the final period, but Andrew Wiggins led a charge that cut the lead to one point with less than 4 minutes left.

The Rockets took over after that, using a 14-2 run, with five points from Harden, to make it 111-98 with less than a minute to go.

"We had to get good shots and rebound the basketball and get stops and we did that at the right time," Harden said of the run that closed it out.

Wiggins scored 30 for the Timberwolves, who lost for the third time in four games.

"They kept getting us down, but we kept on fighting," coach Flip Saunders said. "But we just didn't have enough there at the end."

It was the 25th 30-point game this season for Harden, the league's leading scorer. He also helped out on defense, finishing with four blocks to tie a career high.

"He was amazing for others and for himself," Houston's Terrence Jones said. "He's just been that leader this whole year that's been carrying the team."

Houston scored six straight points to extend its lead to 92-78 early in the fourth quarter. Then Wiggins got going, scoring seven points in a 10-0 run that cut the lead to 92-88.

A 3-pointer by Jason Terry about a minute later pushed Houston's lead to eight, before a three-point play by Wiggins started a 7-0 run for Minnesota that made it to 97-96 with about 3 1/2 to play.

Adreian Payne, who made his first NBA start Monday, made a 3 for Minnesota before Wiggins got a steal and finished with a layup for the first five points of a 7-1 run by the Wolves in the third quarter that cut the lead to 76-72.

But the Rockets closed out the period with an 8-3 spurt to extend the lead to 84-75. Harden's 3 over Rubio capped that run.

"We tried to stop him, but ... he has confidence and he's playing so good right now," Rubio said. "He's almost unstoppable."

Harden's first basket came with about 3 1/2 minutes left in the second quarter. He was fouled on the shot and made the free throw to put Houston up 45-44.

TIPS-INS

Timberwolves: Kevin Garnett, who was traded from the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday for Thaddeus Young, will be in uniform for the Timberwolves at home on Wednesday night. Garnett spent his first 12 seasons in Minnesota. ... F Shabazz Muhammad had season-ending surgery on the middle finger on his left hand on Monday. He was injured when his finger got caught in a teammate's jersey in Wednesday's practice.

Rockets: Starting point guard Pat Beverley (flu-like symptoms) and F Kostas Papanikolaou (sprained right ankle) both missed the game. ... Josh Smith had 17 points for Houston.

THAT'S A START: Jones made his first start since returning from a leg injury that kept him out from Nov. 4 to Jan. 28. Jones started 71 games for Houston last season and the first four this year before he was sidelined with nerve inflammation in his left leg. He's played nine games since his return, but missed two games earlier this month with the flu. He finished with 15 points and a season-high 15 rebounds.

"It took him a while, but I see him getting more lively," coach Kevin McHale said. "I see him getting his feet underneath him."

UP NEXT:

Timberwolves: Host Washington on Wednesday.

Rockets: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.


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MIN
HOU
     
    • 33.3%

    • 41.5%

    • 27.8%

    • 31.6%

    • 89.7%

    • 67.6%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
MIN HOU
Total Rebounds 58 56
Offensive Rebounds 20 22
Turnovers 20 16
Fast Break Pts: 27 23
Biggest Lead: 7 14
Points in the Paint: 38 54
MIN HOU
p Wiggins   30 Harden   31
rb Dieng   14 Jones   15
a Rubio   7 Harden   10
s Rubio   4 Ariza   4
b 3 players   1 Harden   4
 
  • 11/12 - HOU 113 @ MIN 101
  • 12/05 - HOU 114 @ MIN 112
  • 02/23 - MIN 102 @ HOU 113
  • 03/27 - MIN 110 @ HOU 120
Minnesota Timberwolves (12-43)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
A. Wiggins F 41:04 12-24 1-3 5-5 -6 3 3 6 1 5 1 5 1 3 30
A. Payne F 29:07 4-15 1-2 2-4 -15 5 5 10 0 0 0 0 1 1 11
N. Pekovic C 34:24 6-18 0-0 4-4 -8 7 6 13 2 4 2 4 0 2 16
K. Martin G 39:20 5-18 3-7 8-8 0 0 1 1 2 3 1 6 0 1 21
R. Rubio G 38:45 2-9 0-4 10-10 0 0 9 9 7 1 4 5 0 0 14
G. Dieng   27:02 1-4 0-0 5-6 +1 5 9 14 4 5 1 0 1 1 7
C. Budinger   11:32 0-1 0-0 1-2 -14 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Z. LaVine   14:04 1-4 0-2 0-0 -15 0 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 2
G. Robinson   03:54 0-0 0-0 0-0 +2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
L. Brown   00:48 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
A. Bennett NWT - Sprained right ankle
G. Neal DND - Sprained right ankle
Total   240 31-93 5-18 35-39   20 38 58 17 22 9 20 3 8 102
  33.3% 27.8% 89.7%   team rebs: 12 total to: 20
Houston Rockets (38-18)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
T. Ariza F 36:07 4-11 2-8 0-0 -1 1 7 8 3 3 4 2 0 0 10
T. Jones F 31:35 6-9 0-0 3-5 +2 9 6 15 0 2 1 1 2 0 15
D. Motiejunas C 30:20 5-10 0-1 2-5 +10 0 3 3 2 4 1 2 1 1 12
J. Harden G 38:39 7-20 5-11 12-15 +13 1 10 11 10 3 1 3 4 1 31
J. Terry G 28:08 3-8 3-8 0-0 +3 0 3 3 2 4 1 2 0 0 9
C. Brewer   22:26 3-12 0-1 5-8 +12 4 2 6 2 3 0 5 0 0 11
J. Smith   26:34 7-15 2-6 1-1 +5 3 1 4 3 6 3 1 1 0 17
P. Prigioni   19:25 1-4 0-3 0-0 +8 2 0 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 2
J. Dorsey   05:58 3-4 0-0 0-0 +3 2 2 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 6
K. McDaniels   00:48 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
P. Beverley DND - Flu-like symptoms
N. Johnson DNP - Coach's Decision
K. Papanikolaou DND - Right ankle sprain
Total   240 39-94 12-38 23-34   22 34 56 23 28 11 16 8 3 113
  41.5% 31.6% 67.6%   team rebs: 6 total to: 16

inactive

  • Timberwolves: Garnett, Hummel, Muhammad
  • Rockets: Capela, Howard

technical fouls

  • Timberwolves: Wiggins
  • Rockets: Terry

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 11
  • Times Tied: 9

arena stats

  • Arena: Toyota Center, Houston, TX
  • Officials: #49 Tom Washington, #74 Curtis Blair, #65 Sean Wright
  • Attendance: 18240
  • Duration: 2:24
Minnesota Timberwolves (16-59) Houston Rockets (51-24)
Start of 1st Quarter
(12:00) Jump Ball Jones vs Payne (Pekovic gains possession)
Wiggins Jump Shot: Missed Block: Harden (1 BLK)  11:45  
  11:43 Ariza Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  11:38 Ariza Layup Shot: Missed 
Rubio Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  11:37  
Payne Running Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Wiggins (1 AST)  11:19
[MIN 2-0]
 
  11:08 Ariza Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) 
Pekovic Jump Hook Shot: Made (2 PTS)  10:51
[MIN 4-0]
 
  10:40
[HOU 3-4]
Ariza 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Harden (1 AST) 
Payne Layup Shot: Missed  10:20  
Pekovic Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  10:19  
Pekovic Tip Shot: Made (4 PTS)  10:19
[MIN 6-3]
 
  09:59 Harden Step Back Jump shot: Missed 
  09:58 Jones Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  09:58 Jones Tip Shot: Missed 
Payne Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:54  
Rubio Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Motiejunas (1 ST)  09:47  
  09:27
[HOU 5-6]
Motiejunas Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Wiggins Step Back Jump shot: Made (2 PTS)  09:09
[MIN 8-5]
 
  09:02
[HOU 7-8]
Jones Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Terry (1 AST) 
Payne Jump Shot: Missed Block: Jones (1 BLK)  08:44  
Payne Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  08:42  
Payne Reverse Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS)  08:40
[MIN 10-7]
 
  08:20 Harden Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Rubio (1 ST) 
Wiggins Alley Oop Layup shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Martin (1 AST)  08:14
[MIN 12-7]
 
  07:56 Motiejunas 3pt Shot: Missed 
  07:55 Jones Rebound (Off:2 Def:0) 
  07:54
[HOU 9-12]
Jones Putback Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Martin Turnover : Traveling (1 TO)  07:44  
  07:27 Terry 3pt Shot: Missed 
Rubio Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  07:25  
Wiggins Driving Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Rubio (1 AST)  07:20
[MIN 14-9]
 
  07:07 Terry Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Pekovic (1 ST) 
  07:02 Terry Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) 
  07:02 Team Timeout : Regular 
Rubio Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  07:02
[MIN 15-9]
 
Rubio Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS)  07:02
[MIN 16-9]
 
  06:49 Harden 3pt Shot: Missed 
Rubio Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  06:48  
Rubio Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO)  06:45  
  06:24
[HOU 11-16]
Motiejunas Running Hook Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Harden (2 AST) 
Pekovic Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (1 FTA)  06:24  
  06:24
[HOU 12-16]
Motiejunas Free Throw 1 of 1 (5 PTS) 
Martin Pullup Jump shot: Missed  06:12  
Payne Rebound (Off:2 Def:1)  06:10  
Payne Jump Hook Shot: Made (6 PTS)  06:09
[MIN 18-12]
 
  05:54 Motiejunas Layup Shot: Missed Block: Payne (1 BLK) 
Pekovic Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  05:52  
Martin Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Ariza (1 ST)  05:48  
  05:39
[HOU 14-18]
Jones Dunk Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Motiejunas (1 AST) 
Rubio 3pt Shot: Missed  05:21  
Team Rebound  05:20  
  05:20 Motiejunas Foul: Loose Ball (1 PF) 
Pekovic Substitution replaced by Dieng  05:20  
Rubio 3pt Shot: Missed  05:08  
  05:06 Harden Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  05:00 Harden Driving Layup Shot: Missed Block: Wiggins (1 BLK) 
Rubio Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  05:00  
Martin 3pt Shot: Missed  04:51  
  04:49 Jones Rebound (Off:2 Def:1) 
  04:41 Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed 
  04:39 Jones Rebound (Off:3 Def:1) 
  04:39 Jones Tip Shot: Missed 
  04:36 Jones Rebound (Off:4 Def:1) 
  04:33 Harden 3pt Shot: Missed 
  04:31 Ariza Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  04:13 Terry 3pt Shot: Missed 
Dieng Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  04:12  
Rubio Pullup Jump shot: Made (4 PTS)  04:06
[MIN 20-14]
 
  03:54
[HOU 16-20]
Motiejunas Jump Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Ariza (1 AST) 
Dieng Layup Shot: Missed Block: Motiejunas (1 BLK)  03:36  
Team Rebound  03:36  
  03:36 Ariza Substitution replaced by Brewer 
  03:36 Jones Substitution replaced by Smith 
  03:36 Terry Substitution replaced by Prigioni 
Martin Substitution replaced by Budinger  03:36  
  03:35 Jump Ball Motiejunas vs Dieng 
Budinger Jump Shot: Missed  03:31  
  03:31 Team Rebound 
  03:18 Brewer Step Back Jump shot: Missed 
  03:16 Prigioni Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
Wiggins Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  03:11  
  03:11
[HOU 17-20]
Harden Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Regular  03:11  
  03:11 Motiejunas Substitution replaced by Dorsey 
  03:11
[HOU 18-20]
Harden Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS) 
Payne Jump Shot: Missed  02:56  
  02:55 Harden Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  02:48 Harden 3pt Shot: Missed 
  02:48 Dorsey Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
Dieng Foul: Loose Ball (1 PF)  02:48  
  02:33 Dorsey Hook Shot: Missed Block: Dieng (1 BLK) 
  02:30 Smith Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  02:28
[HOU 20-20]
Smith Jump Bank Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Wiggins Step Back Jump shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Rubio (2 AST)  02:10
[MIN 22-20]
 
Budinger Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  02:04  
  02:04 Brewer Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  02:04 Team Rebound 
  02:04 Brewer Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Budinger Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  02:04  
Wiggins Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed Block: Harden (2 BLK)  01:42  
  01:42 Harden Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  01:39
[HOU 22-22]
Dorsey Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Harden (3 AST) 
  01:22 Dorsey Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) 
Budinger Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  01:22  
Team Rebound  01:22  
Budinger Free Throw 2 of 2 (1 PTS)  01:22
[MIN 23-22]
 
  01:06 Brewer 3pt Shot: Missed 
Wiggins Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  01:04  
  01:01 Smith Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) 
Dieng Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  01:01
[MIN 24-22]
 
Rubio Substitution replaced by LaVine  01:01  
Dieng Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS)  01:01
[MIN 25-22]
 
  00:49.9
[HOU 24-25]
Dorsey Dunk Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Harden (4 AST) 
Wiggins 3pt Shot: Missed  00:39.9  
  00:37.9 Dorsey Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  00:29.8 Harden 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:27.9 Dorsey Rebound (Off:2 Def:1) 
Dieng Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA)  00:26.2  
  00:26.2
[HOU 25-25]
Harden Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  00:26.2 Prigioni Substitution replaced by Ariza 
Dieng Substitution replaced by Pekovic  00:26.2  
  00:26.2
[HOU 26-25]
Harden Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
Payne Running Hook Shot: Missed  00:02.9  
  00:01.7 Dorsey Rebound (Off:2 Def:2) 
End of 1st Quarter
Minnesota Timberwolves (16-59) Houston Rockets (51-24)
Start of 2nd QuarterBack to Top
  11:47 Brewer Jump Shot: Missed 
Pekovic Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  11:46  
Pekovic Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed  11:33  
  11:31 Ariza Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  11:24
[HOU 28-25]
Brewer Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Smith (1 AST) 
Wiggins Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Smith (1 ST)  11:06  
  11:01
[HOU 30-25]
Dorsey Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Smith (2 AST) 
Team Timeout : Short  11:00  
Wiggins Substitution replaced by Martin  11:00  
Pekovic Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Ariza (2 ST)  10:41  
  10:38
[HOU 32-25]
Ariza Dunk Shot: Made (5 PTS) 
  10:17 Ariza Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) 
Martin Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  10:17
[MIN 26-32]
 
Martin Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS)  10:17
[MIN 27-32]
 
  10:10 Brewer Turnover : Traveling (1 TO) 
Payne Substitution replaced by Robinson  10:10  
LaVine Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  10:01
[MIN 29-32]
 
  09:42 Brewer Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Pekovic (2 ST) 
LaVine 3pt Shot: Missed  09:30  
  09:28 Ariza Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  09:20 Prigioni 3pt Shot: Missed 
Budinger Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  09:19  
  09:13 Ariza Foul: Shooting Block (2 PF) (2 FTA) 
Martin Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS)  09:13
[MIN 30-32]
 
  09:13 Dorsey Substitution replaced by Motiejunas 
Martin Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS)  09:13
[MIN 31-32]
 
  08:54 Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed 
LaVine Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  08:52  
Martin 3pt Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Pekovic (1 AST)  08:37
[MIN 34-32]
 
  08:28
[HOU 34-34]
Smith Driving Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Robinson Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (1 FTA)  08:28  
  08:28  
  08:28 Prigioni Substitution replaced by Terry 
  08:28
[HOU 35-34]
Smith Free Throw 1 of 1 (5 PTS) 
Pekovic Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: LaVine (1 AST)  08:13
[MIN 36-35]
 
  07:54 Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed 
Pekovic Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  07:52  
  07:46 Brewer Foul: Personal (1 PF) 
  07:46 Ariza Substitution replaced by Harden 
Budinger Substitution replaced by Wiggins  07:46  
Pekovic Turnover : Traveling (2 TO)  07:36  
  07:29 Brewer Jump Shot: Missed 
  07:28 Smith Rebound (Off:2 Def:0) 
  07:27
[HOU 37-36]
Smith Putback Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS) 
Martin Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Smith (2 ST)  07:08  
Robinson Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA)  07:04  
  07:04
[HOU 38-36]
Brewer Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
Robinson Substitution replaced by Dieng  07:04  
LaVine Substitution replaced by Rubio  07:04  
  07:04 Smith Substitution replaced by Jones 
  07:04
[HOU 39-36]
Brewer Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
Rubio Jump Shot: Missed  06:41  
  06:39 Harden Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  06:34 Terry 3pt Shot: Missed 
Rubio Rebound (Off:0 Def:5)  06:32  
Martin Running Jump Shot: Missed  06:11  
Dieng Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  06:09  
Dieng Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS)  06:09
[MIN 38-39]
 
  05:53 Terry 3pt Shot: Missed 
Rubio Rebound (Off:0 Def:6)  05:51  
Pekovic Jump Shot: Missed  05:40  
  05:38 Jones Rebound (Off:4 Def:2) 
Martin Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  05:33  
  05:33 Team Timeout : Regular 
  05:33 Motiejunas Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  05:33 Team Rebound 
  05:33 Motiejunas Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Dieng Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  05:33  
Wiggins Layup Shot: Missed Block: Harden (3 BLK)  05:12  
Team Rebound  05:12  
Martin Layup Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Pekovic (2 AST)  05:09
[MIN 40-39]
 
  04:45 Harden 3pt Shot: Missed 
Dieng Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  04:43  
Wiggins Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (2 TO)  04:39  
  04:29 Terry Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Rubio (2 ST) 
Wiggins Slam Dunk Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Dieng (1 AST)  04:24
[MIN 42-39]
 
  04:05
[HOU 42-42]
Terry 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Harden (5 AST) 
Pekovic Turnaround Fadeaway shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Martin (2 AST)  03:50
[MIN 44-42]
 
  03:33
[HOU 44-44]
Harden Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) 
Wiggins Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (1 FTA)  03:33  
  03:33 Brewer Substitution replaced by Ariza 
  03:33 Motiejunas Substitution replaced by Smith 
Team Timeout : Regular  03:33  
  03:33
[HOU 45-44]
Harden Free Throw 1 of 1 (7 PTS) 
Pekovic Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO)  03:13  
Pekovic Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA)  03:04  
  03:04
[HOU 46-44]
Harden Free Throw 1 of 2 (8 PTS) 
  03:04 Harden Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Dieng Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  03:04  
Martin Jump Shot: Missed  02:50  
Pekovic Rebound (Off:2 Def:3)  02:48  
Pekovic Layup Shot: Missed  02:45  
Pekovic Rebound (Off:3 Def:3)  02:44  
Pekovic Tip Shot: Missed Block: Smith (1 BLK)  02:44  
Dieng Rebound (Off:2 Def:4)  02:43  
Dieng Tip Shot: Missed  02:43  
Dieng Rebound (Off:3 Def:4)  02:40  
Wiggins Jump Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Dieng (2 AST)  02:32
[MIN 46-46]
 
  02:25
[HOU 49-46]
Smith 3pt Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Harden (6 AST) 
Martin Turnover : Bad Pass (4 TO) Steal:Ariza (3 ST)  02:10  
  02:05
[HOU 51-46]
Ariza Dunk Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Terry (2 AST) 
Wiggins Layup Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Rubio (3 AST)  01:50
[MIN 48-51]
 
  01:36 Smith 3pt Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  01:33  
  01:26 Terry Foul: Personal (2 PF) 
Rubio Pullup Jump shot: Made (6 PTS)  01:21
[MIN 50-51]
 
  01:02 Smith Layup Shot: Missed 
Dieng Rebound (Off:3 Def:5)  01:01  
Rubio Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Jones (1 ST)  00:56.9  
  00:47.9 Harden Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Martin (1 ST) 
Martin Layup Shot: Made (11 PTS)  00:45.6
[MIN 52-51]
 
  00:45.6 Terry Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (1 FTA) 
  00:45.6 Terry Technical 
Martin Free Throw Technical (12 PTS)  00:45.6
[MIN 53-51]
 
  00:45.6 Ariza Substitution replaced by Brewer 
  00:45.6 Terry Substitution replaced by Prigioni 
Wiggins Substitution replaced by Payne  00:45.6  
Dieng Substitution replaced by Budinger  00:45.6  
Martin Free Throw 1 of 1 (13 PTS)  00:45.6
[MIN 54-51]
 
  00:34.0
[HOU 53-54]
Harden Driving Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) 
  00:14.6 Prigioni Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) 
Rubio Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS)  00:14.6
[MIN 55-53]
 
Rubio Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS)  00:14.6
[MIN 56-53]
 
  00:00.3
[HOU 56-56]
Harden 3pt Shot: Made (13 PTS) 
End of 2nd Quarter
Minnesota Timberwolves (16-59) Houston Rockets (51-24)
Start of 3rd QuarterBack to Top
  11:45
[HOU 58-56]
Motiejunas Layup Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Harden (7 AST) 
Payne Running Jump Shot: Missed  11:27  
Payne Rebound (Off:3 Def:1)  11:25  
Wiggins Pullup Jump shot: Missed  11:16  
  11:14 Ariza Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
  11:04 Motiejunas Layup Shot: Missed 
Payne Rebound (Off:3 Def:2)  11:02  
Payne Jump Shot: Missed  10:53  
  10:52 Harden Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
  10:38
[HOU 60-56]
Motiejunas Jump Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Ariza (2 AST) 
Martin 3pt Shot: Missed  10:19  
Pekovic Rebound (Off:4 Def:3)  10:17  
Martin 3pt Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: Rubio (4 AST)  10:13
[MIN 59-60]
 
Martin Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA)  09:58  
  09:58 Jones Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  09:58 Team Rebound 
Payne Substitution replaced by Dieng  09:58  
  09:58 Jones Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Pekovic Rebound (Off:4 Def:4)  09:58  
Wiggins 3pt Shot: Missed  09:41  
Team Rebound  09:40  
Pekovic Hook Shot: Missed  09:29  
Pekovic Rebound (Off:5 Def:4)  09:24  
Pekovic Layup Shot: Missed Block: Harden (4 BLK)  09:22  
  09:19 Terry Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  09:16 Harden Layup Shot: Missed 
Pekovic Rebound (Off:5 Def:5)  09:13  
Wiggins Turnover : Traveling (3 TO)  09:10  
  08:52 Motiejunas Jump Shot: Missed 
Pekovic Rebound (Off:5 Def:6)  08:51  
Pekovic Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Dieng (3 AST)  08:40
[MIN 61-60]
 
  08:40 Harden Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (1 FTA) 
  08:40 Team Timeout : Regular 
Pekovic Free Throw 1 of 1 (11 PTS)  08:40
[MIN 62-60]
 
  08:28 Motiejunas Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) 
Pekovic Jump Shot: Missed  08:14  
  08:12 Motiejunas Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  08:09
[HOU 62-62]
Jones Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Harden (8 AST) 
Rubio Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (1 FTA)  08:09  
  08:09
[HOU 63-62]
Jones Free Throw 1 of 1 (9 PTS) 
Wiggins Running Jump Shot: Missed  07:54  
Wiggins Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  07:53  
Wiggins Tip Shot: Missed  07:53  
  07:52 Ariza Rebound (Off:1 Def:5) 
Martin Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA)  07:46  
  07:46 Harden Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  07:46 Team Rebound 
  07:46
[HOU 64-62]
Harden Free Throw 2 of 2 (14 PTS) 
Rubio 3pt Shot: Missed  07:26  
Pekovic Rebound (Off:6 Def:6)  07:25  
Rubio 3pt Shot: Missed  07:18  
  07:17 Jones Rebound (Off:4 Def:3) 
  07:11
[HOU 67-62]
Terry 3pt Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Harden (9 AST) 
Pekovic Turnaround Hook Shot: Missed  06:48  
  06:46 Terry Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  06:41 Harden Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (3 TO) 
Dieng Jump Shot: Missed  06:24  
  06:23 Motiejunas Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  06:18 Jones Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Dieng (1 ST) 
Martin 3pt Shot: Missed  06:12  
Dieng Rebound (Off:4 Def:5)  06:10  
  06:10 Terry Foul: Shooting (4 PF) (2 FTA) 
Dieng Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS)  06:10
[MIN 63-67]
 
  06:10 Motiejunas Substitution replaced by Smith 
  06:10 Terry Substitution replaced by Prigioni 
Pekovic Substitution replaced by Payne  06:10  
Dieng Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  06:10  
  06:10 Harden Rebound (Off:0 Def:6) 
  06:00
[HOU 69-63]
Smith Running Hook Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Harden (10 AST) 
Wiggins Foul: Offensive Charge (3 PF)  05:45  
Wiggins Turnover : Foul (4 TO)  05:45  
Team Timeout : Regular  05:45  
  05:34 Prigioni 3pt Shot: Missed 
Wiggins Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  05:32  
Martin Jump Shot: Missed  05:18  
  05:17 Jones Rebound (Off:4 Def:4) 
  05:11 Harden Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
Dieng Rebound (Off:4 Def:6)  05:09  
Wiggins Layup Shot: Missed  05:02  
  05:01 Harden Rebound (Off:0 Def:7) 
  04:43
[HOU 72-63]
Harden 3pt Shot: Made (17 PTS) 
  04:22 Smith Foul: Personal (2 PF) 
Wiggins Jump Shot: Missed  04:13  
Team Rebound  04:13  
  04:13 Harden Foul: Loose Ball (2 PF) 
  04:04 Jones Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) 
Dieng Free Throw 1 of 2 (6 PTS)  04:04
[MIN 64-72]
 
Martin Substitution replaced by LaVine  04:04  
Dieng Free Throw 2 of 2 (7 PTS)  04:04
[MIN 65-72]
 
  03:56 Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed 
Dieng Rebound (Off:4 Def:7)  03:54  
Payne Jump Shot: Missed  03:46  
  03:45 Harden Rebound (Off:0 Def:8) 
Dieng Foul: Personal (3 PF)  03:45  
  03:45 Ariza Substitution replaced by Brewer 
  03:45 Jones Substitution replaced by Motiejunas 
  03:28 Brewer Jump Shot: Missed 
  03:25 Harden Rebound (Off:1 Def:8) 
  03:21 Motiejunas Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Rubio (3 ST) 
Rubio Turnover : Bad Pass (4 TO) Steal:Smith (3 ST)  03:17  
  03:12 Prigioni 3pt Shot: Missed 
  03:09 Prigioni Rebound (Off:2 Def:0) 
  03:05 Smith 3pt Shot: Missed 
  03:04 Brewer Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  03:00
[HOU 75-65]
Harden 3pt Shot: Made (20 PTS) Assist: Brewer (1 AST) 
Payne 3pt Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Rubio (5 AST)  02:38
[MIN 68-75]
 
  02:24 Brewer Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Wiggins (1 ST) 
Wiggins Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (16 PTS)  02:20
[MIN 70-75]
 
Dieng Foul: Shooting Block (4 PF) (2 FTA)  02:05  
  02:05
[HOU 76-70]
Motiejunas Free Throw 1 of 2 (12 PTS) 
Dieng Substitution replaced by Pekovic  02:05  
  02:05 Motiejunas Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Rubio Rebound (Off:0 Def:7)  02:05  
  02:04 Brewer Foul: Personal (2 PF) (2 FTA) 
Rubio Free Throw 1 of 2 (9 PTS)  02:04
[MIN 71-76]
 
Rubio Free Throw 2 of 2 (10 PTS)  02:04
[MIN 72-76]
 
  01:52 Brewer Layup Shot: Missed 
  01:51 Brewer Rebound (Off:2 Def:0) 
Pekovic Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA)  01:51  
  01:51
[HOU 77-72]
Brewer Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS) 
  01:51
[HOU 78-72]
Brewer Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS) 
Payne 3pt Shot: Missed  01:36  
Wiggins Rebound (Off:2 Def:2)  01:34  
Wiggins Turnover : Lost Ball (5 TO) Steal:Harden (1 ST)  01:29  
  01:25 Smith Layup Shot: Missed 
LaVine Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  01:23  
Pekovic Hook Shot: Missed  01:16  
Payne Rebound (Off:4 Def:2)  01:15  
Payne Layup Shot: Missed  01:15  
Wiggins Rebound (Off:3 Def:2)  01:12  
Wiggins Layup Shot: Missed  01:12  
Payne Rebound (Off:5 Def:2)  01:12  
  01:12 Smith Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA) 
Payne Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  01:12  
Team Rebound  01:12  
Wiggins Technical  01:12  
  01:12
[HOU 79-72]
Harden Free Throw Technical (21 PTS) 
Payne Free Throw 2 of 2 (10 PTS)  01:12
[MIN 73-79]
 
  01:04 Harden 3pt Shot: Missed 
LaVine Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  01:03  
LaVine Pullup Jump shot: Missed  00:41.8  
Pekovic Rebound (Off:7 Def:6)  00:40.9  
Pekovic Layup Shot: Missed  00:37.9  
  00:35.7 Brewer Rebound (Off:2 Def:1) 
  00:33.8
[HOU 81-73]
Brewer Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) 
  00:26.5 Prigioni Foul: Personal (2 PF) (2 FTA) 
Rubio Free Throw 1 of 2 (11 PTS)  00:26.5
[MIN 74-81]
 
Wiggins Substitution replaced by Budinger  00:26.5  
Rubio Free Throw 2 of 2 (12 PTS)  00:26.5
[MIN 75-81]
 
  00:03.6
[HOU 84-75]
Harden 3pt Shot: Made (24 PTS) 
LaVine 3pt Shot: Missed  00:00.0  
Team Rebound  00:00.0  
End of 3rd Quarter
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Martin Jump Shot: Missed  11:37  
  11:35 Ariza Rebound (Off:1 Def:6) 
  11:23
[HOU 86-75]
Smith Turnaround Hook Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Ariza (3 AST) 
  11:08 Smith Foul: Personal Block (4 PF) 
Pekovic Reverse Layup Shot: Made (13 PTS)  10:59
[MIN 77-86]
 
  10:59 Motiejunas Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (1 FTA) 
Pekovic Free Throw 1 of 1 (14 PTS)  10:59
[MIN 78-86]
 
LaVine Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA)  10:36  
  10:36
[HOU 87-78]
Brewer Free Throw 1 of 2 (9 PTS) 
  10:36 Brewer Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
  10:36 Smith Rebound (Off:3 Def:0) 
  10:31 Brewer Floating Jump shot: Missed 
Payne Rebound (Off:5 Def:3)  10:29  
Payne Jump Shot: Missed  10:11  
  10:09 Motiejunas Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  09:54
[HOU 90-78]
Smith 3pt Shot: Made (17 PTS) Assist: Prigioni (1 AST) 
Martin Turnover : Lost Ball (5 TO) Steal:Ariza (4 ST)  09:36  
  09:30
[HOU 92-78]
Prigioni Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Brewer (2 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  09:30  
Payne Substitution replaced by Dieng  09:30  
Budinger Substitution replaced by Rubio  09:30  
LaVine Substitution replaced by Wiggins  09:30  
Pekovic Jump Hook Shot: Missed  09:09  
Team Rebound  09:09  
  09:09 Motiejunas Foul: Loose Ball (3 PF) 
Martin Pullup Jump shot: Missed  08:54  
  08:52 Brewer Rebound (Off:2 Def:2) 
  08:47 Brewer Turnover : Bad Pass (4 TO) Steal:Rubio (4 ST) 
Martin 3pt Shot: Made (19 PTS) Assist: Rubio (6 AST)  08:41
[MIN 81-92]
 
  08:21 Motiejunas Jump Bank Shot: Missed 
Dieng Rebound (Off:4 Def:8)  08:19  
Pekovic Jump Hook Shot: Missed  08:10  
  08:08 Ariza Rebound (Off:1 Def:7) 
  08:02 Smith Turnover : Traveling (1 TO) 
  07:52 Brewer Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA) 
Wiggins Free Throw 1 of 2 (17 PTS)  07:52
[MIN 82-92]
 
  07:52 Motiejunas Substitution replaced by Jones 
Pekovic Substitution replaced by Payne  07:52  
Wiggins Free Throw 2 of 2 (18 PTS)  07:52
[MIN 83-92]
 
  07:41 Brewer Turnover : Traveling (5 TO) 
  07:41 Brewer Substitution replaced by Harden 
Wiggins Jump Shot: Made (20 PTS)  07:31
[MIN 85-92]
 
  07:06 Harden Running Jump Shot: Missed 
  07:05 Jones Rebound (Off:5 Def:4) 
  07:02 Jones Layup Shot: Missed 
Dieng Rebound (Off:4 Def:9)  07:01  
Martin Jump Shot: Missed  06:57  
Dieng Rebound (Off:5 Def:9)  06:54  
Martin 3pt Shot: Missed  06:52  
  06:48 Harden Rebound (Off:1 Def:9) 
  06:43 Smith Jump Shot: Missed 
  06:42 Jones Rebound (Off:6 Def:4) 
  06:41 Smith Layup Shot: Missed 
Payne Rebound (Off:5 Def:4)  06:37  
Rubio Jump Shot: Missed  06:28  
  06:27 Jones Rebound (Off:6 Def:5) 
  06:21 Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed 
Wiggins Rebound (Off:3 Def:3)  06:19  
Wiggins 3pt Shot: Made (23 PTS) Assist: Dieng (4 AST)  06:12
[MIN 88-92]
 
  06:12 Team Timeout : Regular 
  06:12 Prigioni Substitution replaced by Terry 
Wiggins Foul: Shooting (4 PF) (2 FTA)  05:50  
  05:50
[HOU 93-88]
Harden Free Throw 1 of 2 (25 PTS) 
  05:50
[HOU 94-88]
Harden Free Throw 2 of 2 (26 PTS) 
Wiggins Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed  05:35  
  05:32 Harden Rebound (Off:1 Def:10) 
  05:26 Smith 3pt Shot: Missed 
Martin Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  05:24  
Martin Running Jump Shot: Missed  05:18  
  05:16 Terry Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  05:10 Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed 
Payne Rebound (Off:5 Def:5)  05:09  
  05:09 Jones Foul: Personal (2 PF) (2 FTA) 
Payne Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  05:09  
Team Rebound  05:09  
Payne Free Throw 2 of 2 (11 PTS)  05:09
[MIN 89-94]
 
  04:56
[HOU 97-89]
Terry 3pt Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Smith (3 AST) 
Payne Running Layup Shot: Missed  04:27  
  04:26 Smith Rebound (Off:3 Def:1) 
  04:08 Harden Fadeaway Jump Shot: Missed 
Rubio Rebound (Off:0 Def:8)  04:06  
Wiggins Layup Shot: Made (25 PTS) Assist: Rubio (7 AST)  04:03
[MIN 91-97]
 
  04:03 Smith Foul: Shooting (5 PF) (1 FTA) 
Payne Substitution replaced by Pekovic  04:03  
Wiggins Free Throw 1 of 1 (26 PTS)  04:03
[MIN 92-97]
 
  03:51 Smith 3pt Shot: Missed 
Rubio Rebound (Off:0 Def:9)  03:49  
  03:41 Smith Foul: Personal (6 PF) (2 FTA) 
  03:41 Smith Substitution replaced by Motiejunas 
Rubio Free Throw 1 of 2 (13 PTS)  03:41
[MIN 93-97]
 
Rubio Free Throw 2 of 2 (14 PTS)  03:41
[MIN 94-97]
 
  03:32 Ariza Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (2 TO) 
  03:21 Motiejunas Foul: Personal (4 PF) (2 FTA) 
Pekovic Free Throw 1 of 2 (15 PTS)  03:21
[MIN 95-97]
 
Pekovic Free Throw 2 of 2 (16 PTS)  03:21
[MIN 96-97]
 
  03:06 Terry 3pt Shot: Missed 
  03:05 Jones Rebound (Off:7 Def:5) 
  03:05
[HOU 99-96]
Jones Tip Shot: Made (11 PTS) 
Rubio Jump Shot: Missed  02:51  
  02:49 Jones Rebound (Off:7 Def:6) 
  02:42 Harden Fadeaway Jump Shot: Missed 
  02:40 Jones Rebound (Off:8 Def:6) 
Dieng Foul: Shooting (5 PF) (2 FTA)  02:39  
  02:39  
  02:39
[HOU 100-96]
Jones Free Throw 1 of 2 (12 PTS) 
  02:39
[HOU 101-96]
Jones Free Throw 2 of 2 (13 PTS) 
Pekovic Foul: Offensive (4 PF)  02:31  
Pekovic Turnover : Foul (4 TO)  02:31  
  02:10
[HOU 104-96]
Ariza 3pt Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Motiejunas (2 AST) 
  01:56 Ariza Foul: Personal (3 PF) (2 FTA) 
Martin Free Throw 1 of 2 (20 PTS)  01:56
[MIN 97-104]
 
Martin Free Throw 2 of 2 (21 PTS)  01:56
[MIN 98-104]
 
  01:33
[HOU 107-98]
Harden 3pt Shot: Made (29 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Short  01:33  
Dieng Substitution replaced by LaVine  01:33  
  01:33 Motiejunas Substitution replaced by Brewer 
Martin Running Hook Shot: Missed Block: Jones (2 BLK)  01:27  
Team Rebound  01:26  
Martin Turnover : Bad Pass (6 TO)  01:21  
Wiggins Foul: Shooting (5 PF) (3 FTA)  01:01  
  01:01
[HOU 108-98]
Harden Free Throw 1 of 3 (30 PTS) 
  01:01 Harden Free Throw 2 of 3 Missed 
  01:01 Team Rebound 
  01:01
[HOU 109-98]
Harden Free Throw 3 of 3 (31 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Regular  01:01  
Rubio Turnover : Bad Pass (5 TO) Steal:Terry (1 ST)  00:59.9  
  00:54.9 Brewer Jump Shot: Missed 
  00:53.0 Brewer Rebound (Off:3 Def:2) 
  00:53.0 Brewer Tip Shot: Missed 
  00:53.0 Jones Rebound (Off:9 Def:6) 
  00:51.0
[HOU 111-98]
Jones Tip Shot: Made (15 PTS) 
  00:47.7 Harden Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA) 
Wiggins Free Throw 1 of 2 (27 PTS)  00:47.7
[MIN 99-111]
 
  00:47.7 Harden Substitution replaced by McDaniels 
Pekovic Substitution replaced by Brown  00:47.7  
Rubio Substitution replaced by Robinson  00:47.7  
Wiggins Free Throw 2 of 2 (28 PTS)  00:47.7
[MIN 100-111]
 
  00:30.6 McDaniels Jump Shot: Missed 
  00:29.6 Brewer Rebound (Off:4 Def:2) 
  00:29.6
[HOU 113-100]
Brewer Layup Shot: Made (11 PTS) 
Wiggins Driving Layup Shot: Made (30 PTS)  00:15.7
[MIN 102-113]
 
End of 4th Quarter
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standings
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MIN
5th Northwest
16
66
0-10
9-32
7-34
HOU
1st Southwest
56
26
7-3
30-11
26-15
 
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HOU
2 players 28.4
Howard 14.4
Harden 8.1
Howard 3.0
Harden 2.4