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Harden scores 27 to lead Rockets to 107-104 win over 'Wolves


By KRISTIE RIEKEN
Posted Jan 14 2016 12:55AM

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Rockets are finally on a roll, playing the way they expected to - but didn't - to start the season.

James Harden had 27 points and 11 assists and the Rockets got their season-high fifth straight win, 107-104 over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.

"We're playing for each other. That's the most important thing," Harden said. "So if a guy messes up, guys got his back. Everything isn't going to be perfect all the time and that's what we're starting to realize and we're just helping each other out."

Minnesota lost its season-worst eighth in a row.

The Timberwolves stuck around the entire second half. They trailed by three when Jason Terry made a 3-pointer with about two minutes left to extend Houston's lead to 105-99.

Harden followed with a jump shot before Minnesota got a layup from Kevin Martin and a pair of free throws from Karl-Anthony Towns to get within 107-104.

Minnesota had a chance to tie it just before the buzzer, but Martin's 3-point attempt didn't even touch the rim.

Harden believes the Rockets would have lost a game like this early in the season when they got off to such a terrible start that it cost coach Kevin McHale his job.

"I think we would have let this game slip away, but no matter how bad we struggled, especially in the first three quarters, we locked in and we got stops when we needed to and we just scored," he said.

Andrew Wiggins had 28 points and Towns had 12 points and 16 rebounds for the Timberwolves.

"We had too many turnovers," Minnesota coach Sam Mitchell said of his team's 20. "Every time we turned the ball over they got a layup or a dunk. Where those turnovers come from, I don't know. There were things that we just don't normally do."

Dwight Howard added 15 points and 10 rebounds and Terrence Jones came off the bench to score 16 with nine rebounds for the Rockets.

The Timberwolves opened the fourth quarter with a 6-1 run, capped by a 3-pointer from Nemanja Bjelica to take an 83-82 lead with 10 1/2 minutes remaining.

They wouldn't have the lead for long as the Rockets scored the next 10 points to make it 92-83. Howard started that stretch with a reverse dunk that he was fouled on. He missed the free throw, but Jones tipped in the rebound for Houston and also made a 3-pointer in that span.

Harden later made a free throw for the 10,000th point in his career.

Houston led 57-50 at halftime and 81-77 after three quarters.

TIP-INS

Timberwolves: F Kevin Garnett sat out for rest after playing Tuesday night. ... Nikola Pekovic had eight points and five rebounds in his fourth game back after missing the first 35 games while recovering from surgery on his right Achilles tendon on April 8. ... Ricky Rubio had nine points and 12 assists.

Rockets: PG Ty Lawson had six points and three assists in his return after serving a three-game suspension for driving under the influence in California last July. ... PG Patrick Beverley missed the game for personal reasons. ... F/C Donatas Motiejunas has missed the last six games with lower back soreness.

HARDEN 10K

Harden now has 10,005 points in his career, reaching the 10,000-point mark in his 492nd game. He knew he was close to the mark, but didn't realize exactly when he reached it and looked confused when the crowd cheered extra loud on the free throw where he reached it. A few minutes later the Rockets noted the achievement on the video boards and announced that he'd hit 10,000 points and he smiled and gestured to the crowd.

"It's definitely a great individual achievement," Harden said. "Credit to this organization for helping me get there. But that's just the beginning. I've got a long way to go."

CLOSE, BUT NO WINS

The Timberwolves haven't gotten a win in 2016, but they seem to be playing a bit better lately. Since being blown out by 26 points to Cleveland last Friday their three losses have all been by six points or fewer.

"It's very frustrating not being able to win," Wiggins said. "Every game we play good, but it's something that we're not doing right or a mistake we made and we just have to fix it."

UP NEXT

Timberwolves: Visit Oklahoma City on Friday.

Rockets: Host Cleveland on Friday.


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MIN
HOU
     
    • 46.2%

    • 49.3%

    • 47.1%

    • 23.3%

    • 80.0%

    • 68.4%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
MIN HOU
Total Rebounds 43 39
Offensive Rebounds 14 8
Turnovers 20 16
Fast Break Pts: 8 20
Biggest Lead: 5 11
Points in the Paint: 46 44
MIN HOU
p Wiggins   28 Harden   27
rb Towns   16 Howard   10
a Rubio   12 Harden   11
s Rubio   4 3 players   2
b Rubio   1 Howard   2
 
  • 01/13 - MIN 104 @ HOU 107
  • 03/18 - MIN 111 @ HOU 116
  • 04/11 - HOU 129 @ MIN 105
Minnesota Timberwolves (12-28)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
T. Prince F 19:15 3-4 0-0 0-0 +6 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 6
K. Towns F 33:22 4-10 1-1 3-4 +12 6 10 16 3 2 2 3 0 0 12
N. Pekovic C 15:52 4-9 0-0 0-0 +3 4 1 5 1 3 0 1 0 0 8
A. Wiggins G 35:36 9-16 2-3 8-9 +9 1 1 2 1 3 1 1 0 1 28
R. Rubio G 32:48 3-4 0-0 3-5 +13 0 5 5 12 3 4 8 1 0 9
G. Dieng   24:36 3-10 0-1 3-4 -11 1 4 5 1 4 3 1 0 1 9
S. Muhammad   15:50 1-5 0-1 0-0 -15 1 1 2 1 0 1 2 0 0 2
N. Bjelica   18:31 2-4 2-3 0-0 -11 1 2 3 1 5 0 0 0 0 6
Z. LaVine   15:20 1-6 0-1 0-0 -17 0 2 2 4 2 0 2 0 1 2
K. Martin   28:50 6-10 3-7 7-8 -9 0 2 2 1 4 0 2 0 0 22
A. Miller DNP - Coach's Decision
A. Payne DNP - Coach's Decision
D. Rudez DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   240 36-78 8-17 24-30   14 29 43 25 27 11 20 1 3 104
  46.2% 47.1% 80.0%   team rebs: 5 total to: 21
Houston Rockets (21-19)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
T. Ariza F 33:29 4-8 1-5 1-2 -5 1 5 6 0 4 2 0 0 0 10
C. Capela F 26:25 3-4 0-0 1-2 -3 2 5 7 2 2 0 1 1 1 7
D. Howard C 35:30 5-7 0-0 5-10 -2 4 6 10 0 5 1 2 2 0 15
J. Harden G 34:35 8-22 2-10 9-11 -6 0 3 3 11 1 1 6 0 0 27
J. Terry G 25:39 3-6 2-5 2-2 -2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 10
T. Jones   34:05 7-11 1-4 1-2 +13 1 8 9 1 3 1 2 0 0 16
T. Lawson   21:47 2-6 1-1 1-2 +5 0 1 1 3 0 2 2 0 0 6
C. Brewer   15:05 3-5 0-2 1-1 +10 0 3 3 0 1 2 0 0 0 7
M. Thornton   13:25 2-6 0-3 5-6 +10 0 0 0 1 3 1 3 0 0 9
P. Beverley NWT - Personal Reasons
M. Harrell DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   240 37-75 7-30 26-38   8 31 39 19 19 11 16 3 1 107
  49.3% 23.3% 68.4%   team rebs: 11 total to: 16

inactive

  • Timberwolves: Garnett, Jones
  • Rockets: Dekker, McDaniels, Motiejunas

technical fouls

  • Timberwolves: --
  • Rockets: Howard

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 9
  • Times Tied: 5

arena stats

  • Arena: Toyota Center, Houston, TX
  • Officials: #33 Sean Corbin, #9 Derrick Stafford, #68 Aaron Smith
  • Attendance: 17115
  • Duration: 2:21
Minnesota Timberwolves (12-28) Houston Rockets (21-19)
Start of 1st Quarter
(12:00) Jump Ball Howard vs Towns
(12:00) [MIN] Towns Violation:Jump Ball (D Stafford)
  11:51 Harden Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Towns (1 ST) 
Wiggins Jump Shot: Missed  11:35  
  11:34 Ariza Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  11:29 Harden Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Rubio (1 ST) 
Towns Turnaround Hook Shot: Made (2 PTS)  11:18
[MIN 2-0]
 
Pekovic Foul: Personal (1 PF) (D Stafford)  10:58  
  10:42 Harden 3pt Shot: Missed 
Towns Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  10:42  
Pekovic Hook Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Rubio (1 AST)  10:32
[MIN 4-0]
 
  10:12 Howard Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Towns (2 ST) 
Towns Running Layup Shot: Missed  10:06  
  10:05 Ariza Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  09:58 Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed 
  09:57 Team Rebound 
Rubio Foul: Personal (1 PF) (A Smith)  09:55  
  09:47
[HOU 2-4]
Ariza Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Terry (1 AST) 
Towns 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Wiggins (1 AST)  09:22
[MIN 7-2]
 
Pekovic Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) (S Corbin)  09:02  
  09:02
[HOU 3-7]
Terry Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS) 
  09:02
[HOU 4-7]
Terry Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS) 
Towns Floating Jump shot: Missed  08:48  
Pekovic Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  08:47  
Pekovic Tip Layup Shot: Missed  08:47  
  08:45 Harden Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  08:36
[HOU 6-7]
Harden Step Back Jump shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Pekovic Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Harden (1 ST)  08:16  
Towns Violation:Kicked Ball (S Corbin)  08:03  
  07:55
[HOU 8-7]
Harden Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Wiggins Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (1 FTA) (A Smith)  07:55  
  07:55
[HOU 9-7]
Harden Free Throw 1 of 1 (5 PTS) 
Wiggins Pullup Jump shot: Missed  07:41  
Towns Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  07:40  
Towns Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Ariza (1 ST)  07:38  
  07:33 Harden Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Rubio (2 ST) 
Rubio Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  07:25
[MIN 9-9]
 
  07:10 Capela Substitution replaced by Jones 
  07:10 Terry Substitution replaced by Lawson 
Pekovic Substitution replaced by Dieng  07:10  
  07:03 Harden Step Back Jump shot: Missed 
Towns Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  07:02  
Rubio Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Lawson (1 ST)  06:59  
  06:45 Jones 3pt Shot: Missed 
Rubio Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  06:44  
Team Timeout : Regular  06:40  
Dieng Hook Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Towns (1 AST)  06:27
[MIN 11-9]
 
  06:11 Lawson Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Dieng (1 ST) 
Prince Jump Shot: Missed  06:03  
Towns Rebound (Off:2 Def:2)  06:02  
Towns Turnaround Fadeaway shot: Missed  05:58  
  05:57 Harden Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
Prince Substitution replaced by Muhammad  05:54  
  05:44 Howard Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Rubio (3 ST) 
Wiggins Running Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Rubio (2 AST)  05:39
[MIN 13-9]
 
  05:23 Lawson Jump Shot: Missed 
Rubio Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  05:22  
Rubio Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Howard (1 ST)  05:18  
  05:04 Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed 
Towns Rebound (Off:2 Def:3)  05:04  
Towns Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO)  05:01  
  04:37
[HOU 11-13]
Ariza Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Harden (1 AST) 
Towns Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO)  04:24  
Towns Substitution replaced by Bjelica  04:24  
  04:24 Howard Substitution replaced by Capela 
  04:10 Jones Turnover : Traveling (1 TO) 
  03:54 Ariza Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (D Stafford) 
Wiggins Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS)  03:54
[MIN 14-11]
 
Rubio Substitution replaced by LaVine  03:54  
Wiggins Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS)  03:54
[MIN 15-11]
 
  03:36 Harden 3pt Shot: Missed 
  03:35 Team Rebound 
Bjelica Foul: Personal (1 PF) (2 FTA) (D Stafford)  03:30  
  03:30 Ariza Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  03:30 Team Rebound 
  03:30
[HOU 12-15]
Ariza Free Throw 2 of 2 (5 PTS) 
Muhammad 3pt Shot: Missed  03:16  
  03:15 Jones Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  03:08
[HOU 14-15]
Capela Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Lawson (1 AST) 
Muhammad Floating Jump shot: Missed  02:53  
Muhammad Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  02:52  
Muhammad Tip Layup Shot: Missed  02:52  
  02:50 Capela Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  02:42
[HOU 17-15]
Ariza 3pt Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Harden (2 AST) 
  02:28 Capela Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (D Stafford) 
  02:28 Team Timeout : Regular 
  02:28 Ariza Substitution replaced by Brewer 
  02:28 Harden Substitution replaced by Thornton 
Wiggins Substitution replaced by Martin  02:28  
Dieng Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS)  02:28
[MIN 16-17]
 
Dieng Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS)  02:28
[MIN 17-17]
 
  02:09 Lawson Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
LaVine Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  02:08  
Martin Running Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: LaVine (1 AST)  02:03
[MIN 19-17]
 
  01:50 Thornton Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Dieng (2 ST) 
LaVine 3pt Shot: Missed  01:42  
Dieng Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  01:41  
Dieng Dunk Shot: Made (6 PTS)  01:39
[MIN 21-17]
 
  01:25 Capela Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) 
Martin Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Thornton (1 ST)  01:15  
Martin Foul: Personal (1 PF) (2 FTA) (S Corbin)  01:15  
  01:15
[HOU 18-21]
Thornton Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS) 
  01:15
[HOU 19-21]
Thornton Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS) 
Dieng Dunk Shot: Missed Block: Capela (1 BLK)  00:55.4  
  00:53.9 Capela Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  00:40.8
[HOU 21-21]
Jones Floating Jump shot: Made (2 PTS) 
LaVine Pullup Jump shot: Missed  00:16.9  
  00:15.9 Brewer Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  00:11.6
[HOU 23-21]
Brewer Running Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Bjelica 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS)  00:00.0
[MIN 24-23]
 
End of 1st Quarter
Minnesota Timberwolves (12-28) Houston Rockets (21-19)
Start of 2nd QuarterBack to Top
LaVine Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Lawson (2 ST)  11:50  
  11:46 Thornton Foul: Offensive Charge (1 PF) (S Corbin) 
  11:46 Thornton Turnover : Foul (2 TO) 
Dieng Jump Shot: Missed  11:22  
  11:21 Jones Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
LaVine Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (S Corbin)  11:11  
  11:11
[HOU 24-24]
Thornton Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  11:11
[HOU 25-24]
Thornton Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
Dieng Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO)  11:00  
  10:44
[HOU 27-24]
Jones Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Dieng 3pt Shot: Missed  10:24  
Bjelica Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  10:23  
Bjelica Tip Layup Shot: Missed  10:23  
  10:21 Jones Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  10:13 Thornton 3pt Shot: Missed 
Dieng Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  10:12  
Muhammad Jump Shot: Missed  10:05  
  10:04 Jones Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
Martin Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) (S Corbin)  09:46  
  09:46 Lawson Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  09:46 Team Rebound 
  09:46 Capela Substitution replaced by Howard 
  09:46
[HOU 28-24]
Lawson Free Throw 2 of 2 (1 PTS) 
Muhammad Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Brewer (1 ST)  09:33  
  09:28
[HOU 30-24]
Brewer Running Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Lawson (2 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  09:22  
  09:22 Lawson Substitution replaced by Terry 
Muhammad Reverse Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Dieng (1 AST)  09:10
[MIN 26-30]
 
  08:55 Thornton Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) 
LaVine Pullup Jump shot: Missed  08:43  
  08:42 Brewer Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  08:34
[HOU 33-26]
Terry 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Thornton (1 AST) 
Dieng Jump Shot: Missed  08:07  
  08:06 Jones Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
  08:04
[HOU 35-26]
Brewer Running Reverse Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) 
LaVine Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (1 FTA) (A Smith)  08:04  
Muhammad Substitution replaced by Towns  08:04  
Bjelica Substitution replaced by Wiggins  08:04  
LaVine Substitution replaced by Rubio  08:04  
  08:04 Jones Substitution replaced by Capela 
  08:04
[HOU 36-26]
Brewer Free Throw 1 of 1 (7 PTS) 
Martin 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS)  07:52
[MIN 29-36]
 
  07:31 Thornton Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
  07:30 Howard Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
Dieng Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (D Stafford)  07:30  
  07:30 Team Timeout : Short 
  07:30 Brewer Substitution replaced by Harden 
  07:30 Thornton Substitution replaced by Ariza 
  07:30 Howard Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  07:30 Team Rebound 
  07:30
[HOU 37-29]
Howard Free Throw 2 of 2 (1 PTS) 
Rubio Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Ariza (2 ST)  07:11  
  07:07
[HOU 39-29]
Capela Running Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Harden (3 AST) 
Dieng Turnaround Hook Shot: Missed  06:47  
Towns Rebound (Off:3 Def:3)  06:46  
Towns Putback Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS)  06:45
[MIN 31-39]
 
Towns Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (S Corbin)  06:30  
  06:30 Howard Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  06:30 Team Rebound 
Dieng Substitution replaced by Pekovic  06:30  
  06:30
[HOU 40-31]
Howard Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS) 
Wiggins Pullup Jump shot: Missed  06:15  
  06:14 Capela Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  06:08
[HOU 42-31]
Harden Driving Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS) 
Martin 3pt Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Rubio (3 AST)  05:54
[MIN 34-42]
 
  05:42 Harden Turnover : Lost Ball (4 TO) Steal:Rubio (4 ST) 
Martin Dunk Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Rubio (4 AST)  05:37
[MIN 36-42]
 
  05:22  
  05:14 Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed 
Towns Rebound (Off:3 Def:4)  05:13  
Wiggins Pullup Jump shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Rubio (5 AST)  05:01
[MIN 38-42]
 
  04:45 Terry 3pt Shot: Missed 
  04:44 Howard Rebound (Off:2 Def:0) 
  04:39 Howard Hook Shot: Missed 
  04:38 Capela Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  04:38
[HOU 44-38]
Capela Putback Dunk Shot: Made (6 PTS) 
  04:22 Capela Foul: Defense 3 Second (1 PF) (S Corbin) 
Rubio Free Throw Technical (3 PTS)  04:22
[MIN 39-44]
 
  04:22 Howard Substitution replaced by Jones 
Towns Layup Shot: Missed  04:11  
Pekovic Rebound (Off:2 Def:0)  04:10  
Pekovic Layup Shot: Missed  04:09  
Towns Rebound (Off:4 Def:4)  04:08  
Towns Layup Shot: Missed  04:03  
Pekovic Rebound (Off:3 Def:0)  04:02  
Pekovic Tip Layup Shot: Missed  04:02  
Towns Rebound (Off:5 Def:4)  04:00  
Pekovic Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Rubio (6 AST)  03:50
[MIN 41-44]
 
  03:25 Harden 3pt Shot: Missed 
Towns Rebound (Off:5 Def:5)  03:23  
Rubio Cutting Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Martin (1 AST)  03:15
[MIN 43-44]
 
  03:04
[HOU 46-43]
Ariza Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Harden (4 AST) 
Martin 3pt Shot: Missed  02:48  
  02:47 Ariza Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  02:40 Harden 3pt Shot: Missed 
Martin Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  02:40  
Pekovic Layup Shot: Missed  02:23  
Wiggins Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  02:20  
Wiggins Layup Shot: Missed  02:20  
  02:19 Jones Rebound (Off:0 Def:6) 
  02:14
[HOU 49-43]
Harden 3pt Shot: Made (10 PTS) 
  01:58 Ariza Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (3 FTA) (S Corbin) 
  01:58 Team Timeout : Regular 
  01:58 Capela Substitution replaced by Howard 
  01:58 Terry Substitution replaced by Lawson 
Martin Free Throw 1 of 3 Missed  01:58  
Team Rebound  01:58  
Martin Free Throw 2 of 3 (11 PTS)  01:58
[MIN 44-49]
 
Martin Free Throw 3 of 3 (12 PTS)  01:58
[MIN 45-49]
 
Rubio Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) (S Corbin)  01:46  
  01:46
[HOU 50-45]
Harden Free Throw 1 of 2 (11 PTS) 
  01:46
[HOU 51-45]
Harden Free Throw 2 of 2 (12 PTS) 
Wiggins Driving Dunk Shot: Made (8 PTS)  01:31
[MIN 47-51]
 
  01:04
[HOU 53-47]
Harden Jump Shot: Made (14 PTS) 
Wiggins Pullup Jump shot: Made (10 PTS)  00:47.5
[MIN 49-53]
 
Towns Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) (D Stafford)  00:33.8  
  00:33.8
[HOU 54-49]
Harden Free Throw 1 of 2 (15 PTS) 
Towns Substitution replaced by Dieng  00:33.8  
  00:33.8 Lawson Substitution replaced by Brewer 
  00:33.8
[HOU 55-49]
Harden Free Throw 2 of 2 (16 PTS) 
Rubio Turnover : Bad Pass (4 TO) Steal:Brewer (2 ST)  00:14.9  
  00:11.2
[HOU 57-49]
Jones Running Dunk Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Harden (5 AST) 
  00:02.7 Brewer Foul: Personal (1 PF) (2 FTA) (A Smith) 
Rubio Free Throw 1 of 2 (6 PTS)  00:02.7
[MIN 50-57]
 
Rubio Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  00:02.7  
  00:02.7 Jones Rebound (Off:0 Def:7) 
End of 2nd Quarter
Minnesota Timberwolves (12-28) Houston Rockets (21-19)
Start of 3rd QuarterBack to Top
  11:45 Howard Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (A Smith) 
Wiggins Free Throw 1 of 2 (11 PTS)  11:45
[MIN 51-57]
 
Wiggins Free Throw 2 of 2 (12 PTS)  11:45
[MIN 52-57]
 
  11:30
[HOU 59-52]
Howard Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Harden (6 AST) 
  11:19 Jones Foul: Personal (1 PF) (D Stafford) 
Rubio Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (5 TO)  11:09  
  10:58
[HOU 61-52]
Howard Floating Jump shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Harden (7 AST) 
Rubio Pullup Jump shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Pekovic (1 AST)  10:44
[MIN 54-61]
 
  10:35 Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed 
Towns Rebound (Off:5 Def:6)  10:34  
Pekovic Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Rubio (7 AST)  10:27
[MIN 56-61]
 
  10:01 Jones 3pt Shot: Missed 
Rubio Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  10:01  
Rubio Turnover : Bad Pass (6 TO) Steal:Jones (1 ST)  09:52  
Pekovic Violation:Kicked Ball (D Stafford)  09:48  
  09:36
[HOU 63-56]
Jones Turnaround Bank Hook Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Harden (8 AST) 
  09:17 Ariza Foul: Personal (3 PF) (D Stafford) 
Wiggins Cutting Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Rubio (8 AST)  09:13
[MIN 58-63]
 
  09:13 Jones Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (1 FTA) (S Corbin) 
Wiggins Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed  09:13  
  09:13 Harden Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  08:49 Terry 3pt Shot: Missed 
Rubio Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  08:49  
Pekovic Turnaround Fadeaway shot: Missed  08:38  
  08:37 Howard Rebound (Off:2 Def:1) 
  08:26 Harden Fadeaway Jump Shot: Missed 
  08:25 Howard Rebound (Off:3 Def:1) 
  08:25
[HOU 65-58]
Howard Tip Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) 
Rubio Driving Layup Shot: Missed  08:07  
  08:06 Jones Rebound (Off:0 Def:8) 
  07:52 Harden 3pt Shot: Missed 
Pekovic Rebound (Off:3 Def:1)  07:51  
Wiggins Pullup Jump shot: Missed  07:39  
Pekovic Rebound (Off:4 Def:1)  07:38  
Pekovic Putback Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS)  07:37
[MIN 60-65]
 
Pekovic Foul: Personal (3 PF) (S Corbin)  07:28  
Pekovic Substitution replaced by Dieng  07:28  
  07:28 Jones Substitution replaced by Capela 
Team Timeout : Regular  07:28  
  07:16
[HOU 67-60]
Harden Step Back Jump shot: Made (18 PTS) 
Wiggins 3pt Shot: Made (17 PTS) Assist: Rubio (9 AST)  06:47
[MIN 63-67]
 
  06:30
[HOU 69-63]
Howard Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Capela (1 AST) 
Dieng Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (1 FTA) (D Stafford)  06:30  
  06:30 Terry Substitution replaced by Lawson 
  06:30
[HOU 70-63]
Howard Free Throw 1 of 1 (11 PTS) 
Dieng Jump Shot: Missed  06:11  
  06:10 Lawson Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  06:03
[HOU 73-63]
Lawson 3pt Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Harden (9 AST) 
  05:42 Capela Foul: Personal (2 PF) (2 FTA) (D Stafford) 
Wiggins Free Throw 1 of 2 (18 PTS)  05:42
[MIN 64-73]
 
Wiggins Free Throw 2 of 2 (19 PTS)  05:42
[MIN 65-73]
 
  05:25 Harden Turnover : Bad Pass (5 TO) Steal:Wiggins (1 ST) 
Prince Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Towns (2 AST)  05:12
[MIN 67-73]
 
  04:58 Lawson Floating Jump shot: Missed 
  04:57 Howard Rebound (Off:4 Def:1) 
  04:55 Howard Hook Shot: Missed 
  04:53 Capela Rebound (Off:2 Def:3) 
  04:48 Lawson Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Dieng (3 ST) 
Prince Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Rubio (10 AST)  04:38
[MIN 69-73]
 
  04:23
[HOU 76-69]
Harden 3pt Shot: Made (21 PTS) Assist: Capela (2 AST) 
Wiggins Jump Shot: Made (21 PTS) Assist: Towns (3 AST)  04:05
[MIN 71-76]
 
  03:47 Harden Floating Jump shot: Missed 
Towns Rebound (Off:5 Def:7)  03:46  
Prince Pullup Jump shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Rubio (11 AST)  03:30
[MIN 73-76]
 
  03:28 Team Timeout : Regular 
  03:28 Ariza Substitution replaced by Brewer 
  03:28 Howard Substitution replaced by Jones 
Rubio Substitution replaced by LaVine  03:28  
Prince Foul: Personal (1 PF) (D Stafford)  03:13  
  03:02 Jones Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
Dieng Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  03:01  
Wiggins 3pt Shot: Missed  02:46  
  02:45 Capela Rebound (Off:2 Def:4) 
  02:35 Harden Pullup Jump shot: Missed 
Prince Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  02:34  
  02:22 Jones Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA) (D Stafford) 
Towns Free Throw 1 of 2 (8 PTS)  02:22
[MIN 74-76]
 
Prince Substitution replaced by Martin  02:22  
  02:22 Harden Substitution replaced by Thornton 
Towns Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  02:22  
  02:22 Capela Rebound (Off:2 Def:5) 
Wiggins Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) (A Smith)  02:06  
  02:06
[HOU 77-74]
Thornton Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS) 
Wiggins Substitution replaced by Muhammad  02:06  
  02:06 Thornton Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Towns Rebound (Off:5 Def:8)  02:06  
Muhammad Turnover : Out of Bounds - Bad Pass Turnover (2 TO)  01:50  
Towns Substitution replaced by Bjelica  01:50  
  01:35
[HOU 79-74]
Lawson Pullup Jump shot: Made (6 PTS) 
LaVine Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO)  01:27  
  01:13
[HOU 81-74]
Thornton Floating Jump shot: Made (7 PTS) 
  00:51.8 Thornton Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) (D Stafford) 
Dieng Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS)  00:51.8
[MIN 75-81]
 
Dieng Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  00:51.8  
  00:50.8 Brewer Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  00:33.9 Brewer 3pt Shot: Missed 
LaVine Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  00:32.9  
Dieng Turnaround Hook Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: LaVine (2 AST)  00:10.1
[MIN 77-81]
 
  00:01.5 Lawson Pullup Jump shot: Missed 
Dieng Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  00:00.5  
End of 3rd Quarter
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  11:43 Brewer 3pt Shot: Missed 
  11:42 Team Rebound 
Martin Foul: Personal (3 PF) (D Stafford)  11:38  
  11:31 Thornton 3pt Shot: Missed 
Dieng Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  11:31  
LaVine Pullup Jump shot: Missed  11:19  
  11:18 Howard Rebound (Off:4 Def:2) 
  11:04 Jones Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Muhammad (1 ST) 
LaVine Running Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Muhammad (1 AST)  11:00
[MIN 79-81]
 
Dieng Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA) (A Smith)  10:47  
  10:47 Howard Technical (A Smith) 
Martin Free Throw Technical (13 PTS)  10:47
[MIN 80-81]
 
  10:47
[HOU 82-80]
Howard Free Throw 1 of 2 (12 PTS) 
  10:47 Howard Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Team Rebound  10:47  
Bjelica 3pt Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: LaVine (3 AST)  10:35
[MIN 83-82]
 
  10:21
[HOU 84-83]
Howard Running Reverse Dunk Shot: Made (14 PTS) 
Dieng Foul: Shooting (4 PF) (1 FTA) (S Corbin)  10:21  
  10:21 Howard Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed 
  10:20 Jones Rebound (Off:1 Def:8) 
  10:20
[HOU 86-83]
Jones Tip Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) 
Dieng Jump Shot: Missed  10:00  
  10:00 Howard Rebound (Off:4 Def:3) 
Bjelica Foul: Shooting Block (2 PF) (2 FTA) (A Smith)  09:56  
  09:56 Jones Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  09:56 Team Rebound 
  09:56
[HOU 87-83]
Jones Free Throw 2 of 2 (11 PTS) 
Bjelica 3pt Shot: Missed  09:42  
  09:42 Howard Rebound (Off:4 Def:4) 
  09:36 Thornton 3pt Shot: Missed 
Muhammad Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  09:35  
LaVine Driving Layup Shot: Missed Block: Howard (1 BLK)  09:28  
  09:27 Howard Rebound (Off:4 Def:5) 
  09:20
[HOU 89-83]
Thornton Layup Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Jones (1 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  09:19  
Martin Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO)  09:01  
  08:43
[HOU 92-83]
Jones 3pt Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Lawson (3 AST) 
Martin 3pt Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: LaVine (4 AST)  08:30
[MIN 86-92]
 
  08:07 Jones 3pt Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  08:07  
  08:07 Howard Foul: Loose Ball (2 PF) (S Corbin) 
Dieng Substitution replaced by Wiggins  08:06  
Muhammad Substitution replaced by Towns  08:06  
LaVine Substitution replaced by Rubio  08:06  
  07:55 Thornton Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA) (A Smith) 
Martin Free Throw 1 of 2 (17 PTS)  07:55
[MIN 87-92]
 
  07:55 Jones Substitution replaced by Ariza 
  07:55 Lawson Substitution replaced by Harden 
  07:55 Brewer Substitution replaced by Capela 
  07:55 Thornton Substitution replaced by Terry 
Martin Free Throw 2 of 2 (18 PTS)  07:55
[MIN 88-92]
 
  07:35 Capela Layup Shot: Missed Block: Rubio (1 BLK) 
Rubio Rebound (Off:0 Def:5)  07:34  
Wiggins 3pt Shot: Made (24 PTS) Assist: Bjelica (1 AST)  07:24
[MIN 91-92]
 
Wiggins Foul: Personal (3 PF) (2 FTA) (S Corbin)  07:11  
  07:11 Harden Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  07:11 Team Rebound 
  07:11
[HOU 93-91]
Harden Free Throw 2 of 2 (22 PTS) 
  06:51 Howard Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA) (S Corbin) 
Martin Free Throw 1 of 2 (19 PTS)  06:51
[MIN 92-93]
 
Martin Free Throw 2 of 2 (20 PTS)  06:51
[MIN 93-93]
 
Bjelica Foul: Personal Take (3 PF) (2 FTA) (D Stafford)  06:51  
  06:51
[HOU 94-93]
Capela Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS) 
  06:51 Capela Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Bjelica Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  06:51  
Wiggins Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Terry (1 ST)  06:37  
  06:32 Capela Substitution replaced by Jones 
  06:29 Harden 3pt Shot: Missed 
Bjelica Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  06:28  
  06:09 Howard Foul: Personal (4 PF) (S Corbin) 
Martin 3pt Shot: Missed  05:54  
  05:53 Ariza Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
Bjelica Foul: Shooting (4 PF) (2 FTA) (D Stafford)  05:48  
  05:48  
  05:48 Harden Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  05:48 Team Rebound 
  05:48
[HOU 95-93]
Harden Free Throw 2 of 2 (23 PTS) 
Towns Jump Shot: Missed  05:25  
  05:25 Howard Rebound (Off:4 Def:6) 
  05:19
[HOU 97-93]
Jones Running Layup Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: Harden (10 AST) 
Towns Floating Jump shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Rubio (12 AST)  05:00
[MIN 95-97]
 
Bjelica Foul: Personal (5 PF) (2 FTA) (S Corbin)  04:38  
  04:38
[HOU 98-95]
Harden Free Throw 1 of 2 (24 PTS) 
  04:38
[HOU 99-95]
Harden Free Throw 2 of 2 (25 PTS) 
Rubio Turnover : Bad Pass (7 TO)  04:29  
  04:18 Harden Turnover : Bad Pass (6 TO) 
Wiggins Pullup Jump shot: Made (26 PTS)  04:06
[MIN 97-99]
 
  03:52 Harden 3pt Shot: Missed 
Martin Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  03:51  
Bjelica Substitution replaced by Prince  03:39  
Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover  03:27  
  03:17
[HOU 101-97]
Terry Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS) 
Wiggins Driving Floating Jump Shot: Missed Block: Howard (2 BLK)  02:57  
  02:56 Ariza Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
  02:32 Harden 3pt Shot: Missed 
Towns Rebound (Off:5 Def:9)  02:32  
  02:30 Harden Foul: Personal (1 PF) (2 FTA) (S Corbin) 
  02:30 Team Timeout : Regular 
Wiggins Free Throw 1 of 2 (27 PTS)  02:30
[MIN 98-101]
 
Wiggins Free Throw 2 of 2 (28 PTS)  02:30
[MIN 99-101]
 
Martin Foul: Personal Take (4 PF) (2 FTA) (D Stafford)  02:27  
  02:27
[HOU 102-99]
Howard Free Throw 1 of 2 (15 PTS) 
  02:27 Howard Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Team Rebound  02:26  
Rubio Foul: Offensive (3 PF) (A Smith)  02:12  
Rubio Turnover : Foul (8 TO)  02:12  
  01:56
[HOU 105-99]
Terry 3pt Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Harden (11 AST) 
  01:51 Ariza Foul: Personal (4 PF) (2 FTA) (S Corbin) 
Rubio Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  01:51  
Team Rebound  01:51  
Rubio Free Throw 2 of 2 (9 PTS)  01:51
[MIN 100-105]
 
  01:37
[HOU 107-100]
Harden Step Back Jump shot: Made (27 PTS) 
Martin Driving Layup Shot: Made (22 PTS)  01:27
[MIN 102-107]
 
  01:04 Harden Jump Shot: Missed 
Wiggins Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  01:03  
Martin 3pt Shot: Missed  00:54.9  
Towns Rebound (Off:6 Def:9)  00:52.9  
  00:51.2 Howard Foul: Personal (5 PF) (2 FTA) (A Smith) 
Towns Free Throw 1 of 2 (11 PTS)  00:51.2
[MIN 103-107]
 
Towns Free Throw 2 of 2 (12 PTS)  00:51.2
[MIN 104-107]
 
  00:34.9 Terry 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:34.7 Ariza Rebound (Off:1 Def:5) 
  00:11.9 Harden Step Back Jump shot: Missed 
Towns Rebound (Off:6 Def:10)  00:09.8  
Team Timeout : Regular  00:07.7  
Prince Substitution replaced by LaVine  00:07.7  
Martin 3pt Shot: Missed  00:01.4  
  00:01.4 Team Rebound 
End of 4th Quarter
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MIN
5th Northwest
29
53
5-5
14-27
15-26
HOU
4th Southwest
41
41
6-4
23-18
18-23
 
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HOU
2 players 26.6
2 players 14.0
2 players 7.6
2 players 1.4
2 players 2.6