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Harden leads Rockets past Timberwolves, 116-111


By JORDAN GODWIN
Posted Mar 18 2016 11:52PM

HOUSTON (AP) After an emotional players-only meeting, Houston Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley said he felt sorry for the next opponent.

Beverley didn't seem to show any sympathy for the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night as the refocused Rockets avenged an ugly loss with a 116-111 victory.

James Harden had 29 points and 14 assists, and Beverley added a season-high 18 points and career-high 10 assists.

"He's the fire starter," Rockets coach J.B. Bickerstaff said of Beverley. "The guys feed off of his energy, and they feed off of his fight."

After allowing a season-high 72 points in the first half of a 122-106 blowout at the hands of the Clippers, the Rockets held Minnesota to 52 first-half points, including just 23 in the first quarter. Houston ranks among the league's worst in first-quarter points allowed.

Houston has won 10 of its last 11 games against Minnesota, including seven straight at home.

Karl-Anthony Towns led Minnesota with 32 points and 11 rebounds. Andrew Wiggins had 21 points and Shabazz Muhammad scored 12 off the bench.

In their season full of turmoil that included the early firing of coach Kevin McHale, the Rockets have held multiple players-only meetings. The latest came Thursday and hey regained their defensive focus and rediscovered their offensive chemistry against the Wolves. The Rockets had two players with 10 or more assists in the same game for the first time since 2012.

For Houston, Donatas Motiejunas scored 17, Trevor Ariza added 15, and Dwight Howard had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Michael Beasley scored 17 points off the bench and has quickly become Houston's second-leading scorer (15.4 ppg) over the last five games.

The Rockets held a two-point lead at the half, thanks to Beverley's 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point range.

After missing his first two 3-point attempts of the second half, Beverley made one from the corner, just in front of Minnesota veteran Kevin Garnett, who has been sidelined for nearly two months by a sore knee. After gesturing, Beverley stared at Garnett as he ran down the court.

"He's my idol," Beverley said. "Growing up, I wore No. 21 in high school, and they called me KG. This is really my first game playing when he was out there, so I was just ecstatic to see him."

In the third quarter. Howard had a thunderous dunk that rallied the crowd, and it was followed by a Minnesota turnover that led to Ariza's dunk in transition after a behind-the-back pass from Harden. The Rockets took a nine-point lead after those dunks and entered the fourth quarter up 10.

Houston shot a season-high 56.5 percent from the floor and improved to 18-8 when scoring 110 or more points.

"After a long road trip, I just thought we kind of ran out of gas," Timberwolves coach Sam Mitchell said. "Houston made some tough shots."

TIP-INS

Timberwolves: Gorgui Dieng had 13 points, nine rebounds and five assists. . Minnesota ended its four-game road trip in Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Memphis and Houston with a 2-2 record before hosting Golden State and Sacramento on Monday and Wednesday.

Rockets: Houston improved to 21-5 when outrebounding opponents this season. The Rockets led the Timberwolves 42-35 on the boards, including 13 on the offensive end. . Veteran PG Jason Terry missed five of six shot attempts, including all three 3-pointers attempted.

MEETING THE DREAM

After the game, several Timberwolves players were greeted by Houston Rockets Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon, who attended the game and sat courtside at midcourt. A few of the young Timberwolves, including Zach LaVine and Karl-Anthony Towns even took pictures with Olajuwon.

"Even after a loss, you have to take advantage of meeting a legend like that," LaVine said. "The career he had - he was such an honor to even be around."

GREEN LIGHT

Despite LaVine's recent streak of hot shooting, Minnesota coach Sam Mitchell said before the game that he's not exactly ready to give LaVine the freedom of shooting at will. LaVine tied a career high with six 3-pointers in a win over Memphis on Wednesday. "I don't think anybody in the history of the league has had the green light," Mitchell said. "We want guys to take good shots. If that were the case, we'd let them put shots up at half court."

LaVine was three of five from beyond the arc on Friday night but made just six of 15 shots for 15 points.

SMITH'S STATUS

Former Rocket and current Minnesota forward Greg Smith played seven minutes and had two rebounds as he continues to audition for an extended contract. Smith was signed to a second 10-day contract with the Timberwolves on Saturday.

UP NEXT

Timberwolves: Host Golden State on Monday.

Rockets: Visit Atlanta on Saturday.


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MIN
HOU
     
    • 50.6%

    • 56.5%

    • 37.5%

    • 37.9%

    • 79.2%

    • 64.3%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
MIN HOU
Total Rebounds 35 42
Offensive Rebounds 11 13
Turnovers 12 17
Fast Break Pts: 24 22
Biggest Lead: 3 13
Points in the Paint: 58 56
MIN HOU
p Towns   32 Harden   29
rb Towns   11 Howard   11
a Rubio   6 Harden   14
s LaVine   4 Harden   3
b 4 players   1 Motiejunas   2
 
  • 01/13 - MIN 104 @ HOU 107
  • 03/18 - MIN 111 @ HOU 116
  • 04/11 - HOU 129 @ MIN 105
Minnesota Timberwolves (22-47)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
A. Wiggins F 36:24 8-12 1-2 4-4 -9 1 1 2 5 1 3 4 0 1 21
G. Dieng F 35:46 3-11 0-0 7-8 -9 3 6 9 5 4 2 1 1 1 13
K. Towns C 40:01 13-22 0-2 6-7 -9 4 7 11 1 2 2 1 1 2 32
Z. LaVine G 35:20 6-15 3-5 0-0 -12 1 1 2 3 3 4 0 1 2 15
R. Rubio G 32:22 6-9 1-4 1-1 -12 0 3 3 6 1 0 5 1 0 14
G. Smith   07:33 0-0 0-0 0-2 +6 0 2 2 0 2 1 1 0 0 0
T. Jones   15:38 1-4 0-1 0-0 +7 0 2 2 4 1 0 0 0 0 2
S. Muhammad   17:46 5-7 1-1 1-2 +7 1 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 1 12
T. Prince   12:47 1-3 0-1 0-0 +4 0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 2
A. Payne   06:23 0-2 0-0 0-0 +2 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
N. Bjelica DNP - Coach's Decision
D. Rudez DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   240 43-85 6-16 19-24   11 24 35 30 14 14 12 4 7 111
  50.6% 37.5% 79.2%   team rebs: 6 total to: 12
Houston Rockets (35-34)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
T. Ariza F 34:46 5-10 1-5 4-6 +9 0 2 2 4 2 1 0 0 0 15
D. Motiejunas F 26:12 8-12 1-2 0-0 +9 3 6 9 1 3 1 1 2 1 17
D. Howard C 29:24 5-7 0-0 0-2 +12 5 6 11 1 3 1 2 1 2 10
J. Harden G 38:28 11-20 3-8 4-4 +10 0 5 5 14 2 3 9 0 1 29
P. Beverley G 35:31 6-10 5-9 1-2 +12 2 3 5 10 5 1 3 1 0 18
M. Beasley   26:03 8-14 1-1 0-0 -8 1 5 6 0 3 0 0 1 0 17
C. Capela   14:21 4-5 0-0 0-0 -3 1 2 3 0 0 1 0 1 0 8
C. Brewer   07:33 0-0 0-0 0-0 -6 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
J. Terry   22:01 1-6 0-3 0-0 -12 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 2
K. McDaniels   05:41 0-1 0-1 0-0 +2 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
M. Harrell DNP - Coach's Decision
T. Jones DNP - Coach's Decision
J. Smith DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   240 48-85 11-29 9-14   13 29 42 31 19 9 17 7 4 116
  56.5% 37.9% 64.3%   team rebs: 6 total to: 17

inactive

  • Timberwolves: Garnett, Pekovic
  • Rockets: Dekker, Goudelock

technical fouls

  • Timberwolves: --
  • Rockets: --

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 1
  • Times Tied: 3

arena stats

  • Arena: Toyota Center, Houston, TX
  • Officials: #23 Jason Phillips, #37 Eric Dalen, #73 Tre Maddox
  • Attendance: 18142
  • Duration: 2:05
Minnesota Timberwolves (22-47) Houston Rockets (35-34)
Start of 1st Quarter
(12:00) Jump Ball Howard vs Towns (Dieng gains possession)
LaVine 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Wiggins (1 AST)  11:40
[MIN 3-0]
 
  11:29
[HOU 2-3]
Motiejunas Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Harden (1 AST) 
Wiggins Running Layup Shot: Missed Block: Motiejunas (1 BLK)  11:22  
Wiggins Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  11:21  
Towns Cutting Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Dieng (1 AST)  11:06
[MIN 5-2]
 
  10:53
[HOU 5-5]
Beverley 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) 
  10:38 Howard Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (E Dalen) 
Dieng Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  10:38
[MIN 6-5]
 
Dieng Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS)  10:38
[MIN 7-5]
 
Wiggins Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (E Dalen)  10:26  
  10:26
[HOU 6-7]
Ariza Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS) 
  10:26
[HOU 7-7]
Ariza Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS) 
Dieng Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Beverley (1 ST)  10:25  
  10:11
[HOU 9-7]
Howard Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Motiejunas (1 AST) 
Wiggins Pullup Jump shot: Missed  09:54  
Dieng Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  09:53  
Dieng Layup Shot: Missed  09:52  
  09:51 Howard Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  09:43 Motiejunas Jump Shot: Missed Block: Rubio (1 BLK) 
Rubio Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:40  
Rubio Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Harden (1 ST)  09:37  
  09:31
[HOU 12-7]
Beverley 3pt Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Ariza (1 AST) 
Dieng Dunk Shot: Missed Block: Motiejunas (2 BLK)  09:21  
  09:20 Beverley Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  09:15 Ariza Running Layup Shot: Missed 
  09:14 Howard Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  09:08 Howard Dunk Shot: Missed Block: LaVine (1 BLK) 
  09:07 Howard Rebound (Off:2 Def:1) 
  09:03 Howard Layup Shot: Missed Block: Dieng (1 BLK) 
Dieng Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  09:03  
Towns Driving Layup Shot: Missed  08:51  
  08:50 Howard Rebound (Off:2 Def:2) 
  08:44
[HOU 14-7]
Motiejunas Floating Jump shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Harden (2 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  08:36  
Towns Turnaround Hook Shot: Missed  08:22  
  08:21 Motiejunas Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  08:09 Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed 
  08:08 Howard Rebound (Off:3 Def:2) 
  08:01 Beverley Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Towns (1 ST) 
LaVine Pullup Jump shot: Missed  07:53  
  07:52 Beverley Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  07:37
[HOU 17-7]
Beverley 3pt Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Harden (3 AST) 
  07:29 Beverley Foul: Personal (1 PF) (E Dalen) 
  07:29 Motiejunas Substitution replaced by Beasley 
Wiggins Pullup Jump shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Dieng (2 AST)  07:13
[MIN 9-17]
 
  06:50
[HOU 19-9]
Beasley Pullup Jump shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Ariza (2 AST) 
  06:33 Beasley Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (T Maddox) 
Wiggins Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS)  06:33
[MIN 10-19]
 
Wiggins Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS)  06:33
[MIN 11-19]
 
  06:20
[HOU 21-11]
Harden Driving Floating Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Rubio 3pt Shot: Missed  06:03  
  06:03 Howard Rebound (Off:3 Def:3) 
  05:49
[HOU 24-11]
Beasley 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Howard (1 AST) 
  05:27 Howard Substitution replaced by Capela 
Wiggins Driving Layup Shot: Missed  05:22  
  05:21 Beasley Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  05:05 Harden Step Back Jump shot: Missed 
  05:04 Beasley Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  05:00 Beasley Turnaround Fadeaway shot: Missed 
Dieng Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  04:59  
LaVine Running Layup Shot: Missed  04:53  
LaVine Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  04:52  
LaVine Putback Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS)  04:52
[MIN 13-24]
 
  04:40 Harden Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:LaVine (1 ST) 
Wiggins Reverse Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Towns (1 AST)  04:30
[MIN 15-24]
 
  04:15 Beasley Cutting Layup Shot: Missed 
  04:15 Capela Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  04:15
[HOU 26-15]
Capela Tip Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Dieng Hook Shot: Missed  03:53  
  03:52 Team Rebound 
Dieng Substitution replaced by Smith  03:52  
  03:52 Ariza Substitution replaced by Brewer 
LaVine Foul: Personal (1 PF) (E Dalen)  03:42  
  03:33 Beverley 3pt Shot: Missed 
Rubio Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  03:32  
Wiggins Running Dunk Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Rubio (1 AST)  03:28
[MIN 17-26]
 
  03:17 Capela Cutting Layup Shot: Missed 
Smith Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  03:16  
Rubio Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Capela (1 ST)  03:08  
  03:02
[HOU 28-17]
Beasley Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Harden (4 AST) 
  02:51 Harden Foul: Personal (1 PF) (E Dalen) 
  02:51 Team Timeout : Regular 
Rubio Substitution replaced by Jones  02:51  
  02:51 Beverley Substitution replaced by Terry 
Jones Jump Shot: Missed  02:42  
  02:41 Harden Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  02:29 Terry Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
Smith Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  02:29  
  02:29 Terry Foul: Personal (1 PF) (2 FTA) (E Dalen) 
Smith Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  02:29  
Team Rebound  02:29  
Smith Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  02:29  
  02:29 Harden Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  02:12 Harden 3pt Shot: Missed 
Towns Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  02:12  
Towns Turnaround Hook Shot: Made (4 PTS)  01:55
[MIN 19-28]
 
  01:32 Capela Substitution replaced by Howard 
Wiggins Substitution replaced by Muhammad  01:32  
  01:28
[HOU 31-19]
Harden 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Terry (1 AST) 
Towns Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: LaVine (1 AST)  01:12
[MIN 21-31]
 
  00:58.6 Beasley Turnaround Fadeaway shot: Missed 
Jones Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  00:57.9  
Muhammad Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  00:43.8
[MIN 23-31]
 
  00:26.9 Beasley Jump Shot: Missed 
  00:26.6 Howard Rebound (Off:4 Def:3) 
  00:03.9 Harden 3pt Shot: Missed 
Towns Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  00:02.9  
LaVine 3pt Shot: Missed  00:00.0  
Team Rebound  00:00.0  
End of 1st Quarter
Minnesota Timberwolves (22-47) Houston Rockets (35-34)
Start of 2nd QuarterBack to Top
  11:37
[HOU 33-23]
Howard Turnaround Hook Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Towns Driving Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Jones (1 AST)  11:16
[MIN 25-33]
 
  11:16 Motiejunas Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (1 FTA) (J Phillips) 
Towns Free Throw 1 of 1 (9 PTS)  11:16
[MIN 26-33]
 
Smith Foul: Personal (1 PF) (J Phillips)  11:00  
  10:47 Terry 3pt Shot: Missed 
  10:47 Howard Rebound (Off:5 Def:3) 
Smith Foul: Loose Ball (2 PF) (E Dalen)  10:47  
  10:44 Brewer Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Smith (1 ST) 
Muhammad Running Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Jones (2 AST)  10:38
[MIN 28-33]
 
  10:18
[HOU 35-28]
Motiejunas Turnaround Hook Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Beverley (1 AST) 
Prince Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Muhammad (1 AST)  09:59
[MIN 30-35]
 
  09:39 Beverley 3pt Shot: Missed 
Towns Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  09:38  
Muhammad Jump Shot: Missed Block: Brewer (1 BLK)  09:19  
Team Rebound  09:19  
Towns Substitution replaced by Dieng  09:19  
  09:18 Motiejunas Foul: Personal (2 PF) (J Phillips) 
Smith Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Howard (1 ST)  09:11  
  08:56
[HOU 37-30]
Motiejunas Floating Jump shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Beverley (2 AST) 
Muhammad Pullup Jump shot: Made (6 PTS)  08:42
[MIN 32-37]
 
  08:26 Motiejunas Jump Shot: Missed 
Jones Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  08:25  
Team Timeout : Regular  08:19  
  08:19 Brewer Substitution replaced by Ariza 
Smith Substitution replaced by Payne  08:19  
Jones Floating Jump shot: Missed  08:08  
  08:07 Motiejunas Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  07:52
[HOU 39-32]
Terry Driving Floating Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Dieng Fadeaway Jump Shot: Missed  07:26  
  07:25 Motiejunas Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  07:19 Beverley Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Muhammad (1 ST) 
Dieng Running Dunk Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Jones (3 AST)  07:13
[MIN 34-39]
 
  06:55 Terry 3pt Shot: Missed 
Dieng Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  06:54  
Muhammad Dunk Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Payne (1 AST)  06:31
[MIN 36-39]
 
  05:59
[HOU 42-36]
Beverley 3pt Shot: Made (12 PTS) 
Dieng Jump Shot: Missed  05:45  
  05:44 Motiejunas Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  05:36 Motiejunas Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Prince (1 ST) 
Jones Running Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Prince (1 AST)  05:30
[MIN 38-42]
 
  05:30 Team Timeout : Regular 
  05:30 Howard Substitution replaced by Harden 
  05:30 Terry Substitution replaced by Capela 
Jones Substitution replaced by LaVine  05:30  
Muhammad Substitution replaced by Rubio  05:30  
Prince Substitution replaced by Wiggins  05:30  
  05:12
[HOU 44-38]
Motiejunas Cutting Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Harden (5 AST) 
Dieng Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Payne (2 AST)  04:52
[MIN 40-44]
 
  04:35 Harden Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Wiggins (1 ST) 
  04:31 Motiejunas Violation:Defensive Goaltending (E Dalen) 
Rubio Running Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Wiggins (2 AST)  04:31
[MIN 42-44]
 
  04:13 Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed 
LaVine Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  04:12  
Payne Driving Floating Jump Shot: Missed  04:02  
  04:01 Motiejunas Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
  03:51 Motiejunas 3pt Shot: Missed 
Payne Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  03:51  
  03:43 Ariza Foul: Personal (1 PF) (E Dalen) 
  03:43 Motiejunas Substitution replaced by Beasley 
  03:35 Beasley Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) (E Dalen) 
Dieng Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS)  03:35
[MIN 43-44]
 
Dieng Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS)  03:35
[MIN 44-44]
 
  03:19
[HOU 46-44]
Ariza Driving Floating Bank Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Harden (6 AST) 
Rubio Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Ariza (1 ST)  02:53  
  02:35
[HOU 48-44]
Harden Jump Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Beverley (3 AST) 
LaVine Step Back Jump shot: Missed  02:17  
Payne Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  02:16  
Payne Layup Shot: Missed  02:15  
Dieng Rebound (Off:2 Def:3)  02:12  
  01:56 Ariza Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) (J Phillips) 
  01:56  
Payne Substitution replaced by Towns  01:56  
  01:56 Capela Substitution replaced by Howard 
Dieng Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  01:56  
Team Rebound  01:56  
Dieng Free Throw 2 of 2 (9 PTS)  01:56
[MIN 45-48]
 
LaVine Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) (J Phillips)  01:40  
  01:40
[HOU 49-45]
Harden Free Throw 1 of 2 (8 PTS) 
LaVine Substitution replaced by Muhammad  01:40  
  01:40
[HOU 50-45]
Harden Free Throw 2 of 2 (9 PTS) 
Towns Layup Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Dieng (3 AST)  01:22
[MIN 47-50]
 
  01:09
[HOU 52-47]
Beasley Pullup Jump shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Harden (7 AST) 
Muhammad 3pt Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Wiggins (3 AST)  00:44.7
[MIN 50-52]
 
  00:34.6
[HOU 54-50]
Beasley Cutting Dunk Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Beverley (4 AST) 
  00:22.5 Beverley Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) (T Maddox) 
Towns Free Throw 1 of 2 (12 PTS)  00:22.5
[MIN 51-54]
 
Towns Free Throw 2 of 2 (13 PTS)  00:22.5
[MIN 52-54]
 
  00:01.9 Harden 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:01.0 Beverley Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
End of 2nd Quarter
Minnesota Timberwolves (22-47) Houston Rockets (35-34)
Start of 3rd QuarterBack to Top
  11:45
[HOU 56-52]
Ariza Step Back Jump shot: Made (6 PTS) 
Rubio 3pt Shot: Missed  11:26  
  11:25 Motiejunas Rebound (Off:0 Def:6) 
  11:23 Beverley Turnover : Out of Bounds - Bad Pass Turnover (3 TO) 
LaVine Fadeaway Jump Shot: Missed  11:02  
Dieng Rebound (Off:3 Def:3)  11:01  
Dieng Turnaround Hook Shot: Missed  11:00  
  10:59 Harden Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  10:51 Beverley 3pt Shot: Missed 
Towns Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  10:50  
LaVine Jump Shot: Missed Block: Beverley (1 BLK)  10:44  
  10:43 Ariza Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  10:34
[HOU 59-52]
Ariza 3pt Shot: Made (9 PTS) 
  10:17 Motiejunas Foul: Personal (3 PF) (J Phillips) 
Towns Driving Floating Jump Shot: Made (15 PTS)  10:01
[MIN 54-59]
 
  09:40
[HOU 61-54]
Harden Step Back Jump shot: Made (11 PTS) 
Wiggins 3pt Shot: Missed  09:28  
  09:28 Howard Rebound (Off:5 Def:4) 
  09:15
[HOU 63-54]
Motiejunas Turnaround Hook Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Beverley (5 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  09:15  
LaVine Driving Layup Shot: Missed  08:57  
  08:56 Howard Rebound (Off:5 Def:5) 
  08:50
[HOU 66-54]
Harden 3pt Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Beverley (6 AST) 
Wiggins Driving Floating Jump Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Dieng (4 AST)  08:29
[MIN 56-66]
 
  08:07 Howard Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Towns (2 ST) 
Rubio Running Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS)  08:02
[MIN 58-66]
 
  07:46 Harden Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Dieng (1 ST) 
Rubio Driving Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS)  07:38
[MIN 60-66]
 
  07:38 Howard Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (1 FTA) (T Maddox) 
Rubio Free Throw 1 of 1 (7 PTS)  07:38
[MIN 61-66]
 
  07:25 Beverley 3pt Shot: Missed 
  07:24 Motiejunas Rebound (Off:1 Def:6) 
  07:22 Howard Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) 
Towns Floating Jump shot: Made (17 PTS) Assist: Wiggins (4 AST)  07:06
[MIN 63-66]
 
Towns Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (T Maddox)  06:56  
  06:56
[HOU 67-63]
Harden Free Throw 1 of 2 (15 PTS) 
  06:56
[HOU 68-63]
Harden Free Throw 2 of 2 (16 PTS) 
Dieng Jump Shot: Missed  06:38  
  06:37 Howard Rebound (Off:5 Def:6) 
  06:26
[HOU 70-63]
Howard Cutting Dunk Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Beverley (7 AST) 
Rubio Turnover : Bad Pass (4 TO) Steal:Harden (2 ST)  06:04  
  05:59
[HOU 72-63]
Ariza Cutting Dunk Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Harden (8 AST) 
Team Timeout : Short  05:58  
Towns Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Missed Block: Howard (1 BLK)  05:47  
Towns Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  05:46  
Towns Foul: Offensive Charge (2 PF) (T Maddox)  05:46  
Towns Turnover : Foul (1 TO)  05:46  
  05:34 Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed 
  05:34 Team Rebound 
Dieng Foul: Loose Ball (1 PF) (T Maddox)  05:34  
  05:34 Motiejunas Substitution replaced by Beasley 
  05:26
[HOU 74-63]
Harden Driving Hook Shot: Made (18 PTS) 
Towns Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Made (19 PTS) Assist: Rubio (2 AST)  05:07
[MIN 65-74]
 
  04:52
[HOU 77-65]
Beverley 3pt Shot: Made (15 PTS) Assist: Harden (9 AST) 
Wiggins Dunk Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Rubio (3 AST)  04:38
[MIN 67-77]
 
  04:28
[HOU 79-67]
Harden Cutting Layup Shot: Made (20 PTS) Assist: Beverley (8 AST) 
  04:09 Harden Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) (J Phillips) 
Dieng Free Throw 1 of 2 (10 PTS)  04:09
[MIN 68-79]
 
  04:09 Howard Substitution replaced by Capela 
Dieng Free Throw 2 of 2 (11 PTS)  04:09
[MIN 69-79]
 
  03:55 Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed 
Towns Rebound (Off:1 Def:5)  03:54  
Dieng Jump Shot: Missed  03:43  
Towns Rebound (Off:2 Def:5)  03:42  
Towns Putback Layup Shot: Made (21 PTS)  03:41
[MIN 71-79]
 
Dieng Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) (T Maddox)  03:36  
  03:36
[HOU 80-71]
Ariza Free Throw 1 of 2 (12 PTS) 
  03:36 Beverley Substitution replaced by Terry 
  03:36
[HOU 81-71]
Ariza Free Throw 2 of 2 (13 PTS) 
Wiggins 3pt Shot: Made (15 PTS) Assist: Dieng (5 AST)  03:23
[MIN 74-81]
 
  03:12 Harden Turnover : Bad Pass (4 TO) Steal:Dieng (2 ST) 
LaVine Running Dunk Shot: Made (7 PTS)  03:07
[MIN 76-81]
 
  02:51
[HOU 83-76]
Capela Driving Reverse Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Ariza (3 AST) 
  02:39 Capela Violation:Kicked Ball (T Maddox) 
  02:39 Team Timeout : Regular 
Wiggins Substitution replaced by Jones  02:39  
Dieng Substitution replaced by Muhammad  02:39  
Rubio Substitution replaced by Prince  02:39  
  02:39 Ariza Substitution replaced by McDaniels 
LaVine 3pt Shot: Missed  02:26  
  02:25 Capela Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  02:18
[HOU 86-76]
Harden 3pt Shot: Made (23 PTS) 
Prince Jump Shot: Missed  01:58  
  01:57 Beasley Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  01:51
[HOU 88-76]
Capela Running Alley Oop Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Harden (10 AST) 
Muhammad Driving Layup Shot: Missed  01:22  
  01:21 Capela Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  01:10 Harden Turnover : Bad Pass (5 TO) Steal:LaVine (2 ST) 
Jones 3pt Shot: Missed  01:03  
  01:02 Beasley Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  00:48.9 Harden 3pt Shot: Missed 
Prince Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  00:47.5  
LaVine Driving Layup Shot: Missed Block: Beasley (1 BLK)  00:47.5  
Towns Rebound (Off:3 Def:5)  00:42.1  
Towns Layup Shot: Missed Block: Capela (1 BLK)  00:42.1  
Team Rebound  00:42.1  
Towns Jump Shot: Missed  00:39.9  
Muhammad Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  00:37.9  
Towns Hook Shot: Made (23 PTS) Assist: Muhammad (2 AST)  00:22.6
[MIN 78-88]
 
LaVine Foul: Personal (3 PF) (E Dalen)  00:09.6  
  00:01.9 Harden Turnover : Bad Pass (6 TO) Steal:LaVine (3 ST) 
End of 3rd Quarter
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Towns Jump Shot: Made (25 PTS) Assist: Prince (2 AST)  11:40
[MIN 80-88]
 
  11:24
[HOU 90-80]
Beasley Driving Dunk Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: Beverley (9 AST) 
Towns Jump Shot: Missed  11:05  
Towns Rebound (Off:4 Def:5)  11:05  
  11:05 Howard Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA) (E Dalen) 
Towns Free Throw 1 of 2 (26 PTS)  11:05
[MIN 81-90]
 
LaVine Substitution replaced by Wiggins  11:05  
Towns Free Throw 2 of 2 (27 PTS)  11:05
[MIN 82-90]
 
  10:48
[HOU 92-82]
Howard Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Beverley (10 AST) 
Towns Jump Shot: Made (29 PTS) Assist: Jones (4 AST)  10:33
[MIN 84-92]
 
Jones Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (E Dalen)  10:19  
  10:19 Beverley Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  10:19 Team Rebound 
  10:19
[HOU 93-84]
Beverley Free Throw 2 of 2 (16 PTS) 
  10:13 Beverley Foul: Personal (3 PF) (J Phillips) 
Towns Jump Shot: Missed  10:05  
  10:04 Beasley Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
  09:56 McDaniels Turnover : Traveling (1 TO) 
Prince 3pt Shot: Missed  09:45  
  09:44 Beasley Rebound (Off:1 Def:5) 
  09:37 Beasley Running Layup Shot: Missed 
  09:36 McDaniels Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  09:22 McDaniels 3pt Shot: Missed 
  09:21 Beverley Rebound (Off:2 Def:2) 
  09:20
[HOU 95-84]
Beverley Layup Shot: Made (18 PTS) 
  08:58 Beverley Foul: Shooting (4 PF) (2 FTA) (T Maddox) 
  08:58  
Towns Substitution replaced by Dieng  08:58  
  08:58 Beverley Substitution replaced by Ariza 
  08:58 McDaniels Substitution replaced by Harden 
Wiggins Free Throw 1 of 2 (16 PTS)  08:58
[MIN 85-95]
 
Wiggins Free Throw 2 of 2 (17 PTS)  08:58
[MIN 86-95]
 
  08:44 Harden Turnover : Bad Pass (7 TO) Steal:Wiggins (2 ST) 
Wiggins Running Dunk Shot: Made (19 PTS)  08:40
[MIN 88-95]
 
Dieng Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA) (T Maddox)  08:22  
  08:22 Howard Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  08:22 Team Rebound 
Prince Substitution replaced by Towns  08:22  
Jones Substitution replaced by Rubio  08:22  
  08:22 Howard Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Towns Rebound (Off:4 Def:6)  08:22  
Rubio 3pt Shot: Missed  08:01  
  08:01 Ariza Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  07:52 Harden Turnover : Bad Pass (8 TO) Steal:Wiggins (3 ST) 
Rubio Driving Layup Shot: Made (9 PTS)  07:35
[MIN 90-95]
 
  07:17
[HOU 97-90]
Howard Hook Shot: Made (10 PTS) 
  06:58 Howard Substitution replaced by Motiejunas 
  06:58 Beasley Substitution replaced by Capela 
  06:58 Terry Substitution replaced by Beverley 
Towns 3pt Shot: Missed  06:53  
  06:53 Beverley Rebound (Off:2 Def:3) 
  06:47
[HOU 99-90]
Harden Running Layup Shot: Made (25 PTS) 
  06:43 Beverley Foul: Shooting (5 PF) (2 FTA) (J Phillips) 
Muhammad Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  06:43  
Team Rebound  06:43  
  06:43 Beverley Substitution replaced by Terry 
Muhammad Free Throw 2 of 2 (12 PTS)  06:43
[MIN 91-99]
 
Rubio Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (J Phillips)  06:35  
  06:35 Ariza Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  06:35 Team Rebound 
Team Timeout : Regular  06:35  
Muhammad Substitution replaced by LaVine  06:35  
  06:35 Ariza Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Towns Rebound (Off:4 Def:7)  06:35  
Towns Cutting Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (31 PTS) Assist: Wiggins (5 AST)  06:18
[MIN 93-99]
 
  06:02
[HOU 101-93]
Capela Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Harden (11 AST) 
Wiggins Driving Layup Shot: Made (21 PTS)  05:47
[MIN 95-101]
 
  05:34
[HOU 104-95]
Motiejunas 3pt Shot: Made (15 PTS) Assist: Harden (12 AST) 
Rubio Turnover : Out of Bounds - Bad Pass Turnover (5 TO)  05:15  
  05:05
[HOU 106-95]
Harden Driving Floating Jump Shot: Made (27 PTS) 
Wiggins Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (1 TO)  04:45  
  04:33 Terry 3pt Shot: Missed 
Dieng Rebound (Off:3 Def:4)  04:32  
Rubio Pullup Jump shot: Made (11 PTS)  04:26
[MIN 97-106]
 
Dieng Foul: Personal Take (4 PF) (E Dalen)  04:15  
  04:15 Capela Substitution replaced by Beasley 
  04:05 Terry Jump Shot: Missed 
  04:04 Motiejunas Rebound (Off:2 Def:6) 
  03:53 Harden Driving Floating Jump Shot: Missed 
Dieng Rebound (Off:3 Def:5)  03:52  
Wiggins Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Harden (3 ST)  03:41  
  03:37 Harden Turnover : Bad Pass (9 TO) Steal:LaVine (4 ST) 
LaVine Cutting Dunk Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Rubio (4 AST)  03:32
[MIN 99-106]
 
  03:08 Motiejunas Turnaround Hook Shot: Missed 
  03:07 Team Rebound 
  03:01 Harden 3pt Shot: Missed 
Wiggins Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  03:00  
Wiggins Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Terry (1 ST)  02:53  
  02:48 Harden Running Jump Shot: Missed Block: Towns (1 BLK) 
Rubio Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  02:47  
  02:41 Beasley Foul: Personal (3 PF) (2 FTA) (T Maddox) 
  02:41 Team Timeout : Regular 
  02:41 Terry Substitution replaced by Beverley 
Towns Free Throw 1 of 2 (32 PTS)  02:41
[MIN 100-106]
 
Towns Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  02:41  
  02:41 Harden Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  02:23 Beasley Cutting Layup Shot: Missed 
  02:22 Motiejunas Rebound (Off:3 Def:6) 
  02:21
[HOU 108-100]
Motiejunas Layup Shot: Made (17 PTS) 
  02:20 Team Violation : Delay Of Game (T Maddox) 
Wiggins Turnover : Lost Ball (4 TO) Steal:Motiejunas (1 ST)  02:02  
  01:58
[HOU 110-100]
Beasley Running Dunk Shot: Made (15 PTS) Assist: Ariza (4 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  01:58  
LaVine 3pt Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Rubio (5 AST)  01:50
[MIN 103-110]
 
  01:32
[HOU 112-103]
Beasley Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (17 PTS) Assist: Harden (13 AST) 
LaVine 3pt Shot: Made (15 PTS) Assist: Rubio (6 AST)  01:23
[MIN 106-112]
 
  00:59.8
[HOU 114-106]
Harden Step Back Jump shot: Made (29 PTS) 
Dieng Cutting Layup Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: LaVine (2 AST)  00:50.4
[MIN 108-114]
 
  00:27.9 Harden Jump Shot: Missed 
Dieng Rebound (Off:3 Def:6)  00:26.9  
Towns 3pt Shot: Missed  00:16.9  
  00:15.9 Harden Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
  00:10.8
[HOU 116-108]
Ariza Running Dunk Shot: Made (15 PTS) Assist: Harden (14 AST) 
Rubio 3pt Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: LaVine (3 AST)  00:05.6
[MIN 111-116]
 
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