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Harden, Howard keep Rockets alive with win over Wolves


By JON KRAWCZYNSKI
Posted Apr 11 2016 11:46PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) With almost no margin for error, James Harden, Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets finally delivered the kind of effort everyone has been waiting to see all season long.

It came at the expense of the young Minnesota Timberwolves, who were just starting to feel good about themselves.

Harden scored 34 points and Howard had 19 points and eight rebounds to keep the Rockets' playoff hopes alive with a 129-105 victory over the Timberwolves on Monday night.

Harden made 12 of 21 shots in three quarters, Trevor Ariza scored 21 points and the Rockets made 15 of 30 3-pointers.

Houston (40-41) entered the game in ninth place in the Western Conference and could have been eliminated with a loss and a win by the Utah Jazz over Dallas.

"It was important for us," Harden said. "This is our playoff opportunity. We want to come out this entire game and just put the pressure on from the beginning of the game. We got out to a big jump and just rode that wave the whole game."

The Mavericks beat the Jazz later on Monday night. If the Rockets beat the Kings at home on Wednesday in the season finale, they will be in the playoffs.

"See you in Golden State," Rockets veteran Jason Terry said as he left Target Center, referring to a potential 1-8 matchup with the Warriors.

Shabazz Muhammad scored 23 points and Zach LaVine scored 21 for the Timberwolves, who were looking for their first four-game winning streak since 2012. Karl-Anthony Towns was held to 12 points and five rebounds, Andrew Wiggins had 12 on 3-for-7 shooting and Minnesota was just 5 for 21 from 3-point range.

"On a night when your young guys just don't have," Wolves coach Sam Mitchell said, "we've just got no place to go."

A drama-filled season has come down to the final two games for the Rockets. It was a startling position to be in for a team that advanced to the Western Conference finals last season, but Harden and Howard made sure the Rockets would head to their season finale against Sacramento on Wednesday with something to play for.

For once in this uninspiring season, the Rockets played with a sense of urgency. Howard and Harden set the tone from the opening tip, hammering the Wolves in the paint and racking up 38 points in the first quarter.

The Wolves came into the game on a high after winning three straight on the road, including stunning victories at Golden State and Portland.

But the Wolves have been a much better team on the road (15-26) than they have been at home (13-27) all season, and that trend continued in a woeful effort against the Rockets. Minnesota shot 25 percent in the first quarter and gave up layup after layup to make the Rockets feel very comfortable.

Clint Capela had 10 points and 10 rebounds and Patrick Beverley added 11 points, five rebounds and four assists for Houston, which shot 55.8 percent.

"We're trying to make the playoffs. The fire is under us and it's lit," Beverley said. "It's not how we wanted it to be at the end of the season where we start to try to do the right things, but better late than never."

HOWARD'S PRESENCE

Howard dominated Towns in the post, outmuscling Towns and getting to the rim for dunks and putbacks with ease. It was one of the very few poor games Towns has played all season. He started 1 for 7 and played tentative for most of the night.

"He's that good still," Rockets coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. "His impact can be felt all over the floor whether it's in the paint, whether it's setting screens, whether it's defending, blocking shots, rebounding. He can do all those things. I think it's just a rhythm standpoint for anybody. It's hard when you go four minutes without touching it. ... He touches it early, he feels a part of it early, it just helps his psyche."

TIP-INS

Rockets: This was the two-year anniversary of Corey Brewer's 51-point game at Target Center. Brewer had that game for the Timberwolves, against the Rockets. ... Brewer played with a sleeve on his bothersome right elbow. ... F Terrence Jones played in garbage time, his first minutes since Feb. 29.

Timberwolves: Nemanja Bjelica had 11 points and 14 rebounds. Towns passed Christian Laettner for the franchise's rookie scoring record with 1,475 points. ... Team president Chris Wright celebrated 25 years with the organization on Monday.

UP NEXT

Rockets: Host Sacramento on Wednesday.

Timberwolves: Host New Orleans on Wednesday.


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HOU
MIN
     
    • 55.8%

    • 45.8%

    • 50.0%

    • 23.8%

    • 69.2%

    • 72.7%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
HOU MIN
Total Rebounds 43 40
Offensive Rebounds 8 10
Turnovers 17 13
Fast Break Pts: 17 19
Biggest Lead: 33 0
Points in the Paint: 54 54
HOU MIN
p Harden   34 Muhammad   23
rb Capela   10 Bjelica   14
a Harden   6 2 players   5
s 3 players   2 Payne   3
b Beverley   2 3 players   1
 
  • 01/13 - MIN 104 @ HOU 107
  • 03/18 - MIN 111 @ HOU 116
  • 04/11 - HOU 129 @ MIN 105
Houston Rockets (40-41)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
T. Ariza F 28:41 8-11 3-4 2-2 +19 0 4 4 2 3 1 0 0 1 21
D. Motiejunas F 19:10 3-7 1-2 0-0 +8 2 2 4 3 2 2 2 0 0 7
D. Howard C 26:56 8-11 0-0 3-4 +18 2 6 8 3 2 1 4 1 1 19
P. Beverley G 34:39 3-7 1-3 4-6 +18 1 4 5 4 2 1 0 2 0 11
J. Harden G 31:40 12-21 5-7 5-7 +29 0 1 1 6 0 0 3 0 1 34
J. Terry   23:16 2-6 2-5 0-0 +8 0 2 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 6
J. Smith   23:21 3-6 3-6 2-2 +22 0 3 3 3 6 2 1 0 0 11
C. Brewer   14:46 1-2 0-1 0-1 +10 0 1 1 4 1 2 2 1 0 2
C. Capela   15:35 5-8 0-0 0-1 +12 2 8 10 0 2 1 1 1 0 10
A. Goudelock   05:29 1-2 0-1 0-0 -6 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2
T. Jones   05:29 1-2 0-0 0-0 -6 1 1 2 0 3 0 1 0 0 2
M. Beasley   05:29 1-1 0-0 2-3 -6 0 2 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 4
K. McDaniels   05:29 0-2 0-1 0-0 -6 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0
Total   240 48-86 15-30 18-26   8 35 43 28 23 12 17 5 3 129
  55.8% 50.0% 69.2%   team rebs: 9 total to: 18
Minnesota Timberwolves (28-53)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
A. Wiggins F 26:43 3-7 0-0 6-6 -20 0 1 1 3 3 1 4 0 0 12
G. Dieng F 25:18 4-8 0-0 5-6 -17 1 3 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 13
K. Towns C 27:29 6-15 0-3 0-0 -13 0 5 5 1 3 1 1 1 2 12
Z. LaVine G 27:10 8-14 3-7 2-2 -22 1 1 2 3 1 1 1 1 1 21
R. Rubio G 22:13 2-6 0-2 0-2 -17 0 2 2 5 1 2 0 1 1 4
N. Bjelica   29:12 3-7 1-3 4-4 -14 4 10 14 1 5 0 2 0 1 11
G. Smith   04:51 0-0 0-0 0-0 -2 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
T. Jones   25:47 1-5 0-1 0-0 -7 0 3 3 5 4 2 2 0 0 2
T. Prince   12:53 0-1 0-0 0-0 -2 1 1 2 3 0 0 1 0 0 0
S. Muhammad   22:14 9-13 1-3 4-7 -5 0 1 1 2 0 1 1 0 0 23
A. Payne   09:10 2-6 0-1 3-6 -2 2 2 4 0 1 3 1 0 0 7
D. Rudez   07:00 0-1 0-1 0-0 +1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total   240 38-83 5-21 24-33   10 30 40 25 20 12 13 3 5 105
  45.8% 23.8% 72.7%   team rebs: 8 total to: 14

inactive

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

technical fouls

  • Rockets: --
  • Timberwolves: --

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 0
  • Times Tied: 1

arena stats

  • Arena: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • Officials: #55 Bill Kennedy, #77 Karl Lane, #42 Eric Lewis
  • Attendance: 14983
  • Duration: 2:09
Houston Rockets (40-41) Minnesota Timberwolves (28-53)
Start of 1st Quarter
(12:00) Jump Ball Towns vs Howard (Motiejunas gains possession)
Ariza Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Beverley (1 AST)  11:35
[HOU 2-0]
 
  11:22 Wiggins Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Motiejunas (1 ST) 
Harden Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (1 TO)  11:18  
Motiejunas Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (K Lane)  11:02  
  11:02
[MIN 1-2]
Dieng Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS) 
  11:02
[MIN 2-2]
Dieng Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS) 
Harden Floating Jump shot: Missed  10:49  
Motiejunas Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  10:48  
Harden 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Howard (1 AST)  10:42
[HOU 5-2]
 
Howard Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (E Lewis)  10:26  
  10:26
[MIN 3-5]
Wiggins Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS) 
  10:26
[MIN 4-5]
Wiggins Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS) 
Howard Hook Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Harden (1 AST)  10:14
[HOU 7-4]
 
  09:57 Rubio 3pt Shot: Missed 
Howard Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:57  
Ariza Driving Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Howard (2 AST)  09:52
[HOU 9-4]
 
  09:27 Towns Fadeaway Jump Shot: Missed 
Ariza Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:27  
Howard Dunk Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Beverley (2 AST)  09:07
[HOU 11-4]
 
  08:41
[MIN 6-11]
Dieng Cutting Dunk Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Rubio (1 AST) 
  08:34 Wiggins Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (3 FTA) (K Lane) 
Harden Free Throw 1 of 3 (4 PTS)  08:34
[HOU 12-6]
 
Harden Free Throw 2 of 3 Missed  08:34  
Team Rebound  08:34  
Harden Free Throw 3 of 3 (5 PTS)  08:34
[HOU 13-6]
 
Ariza Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (K Lane)  08:19  
  08:19
[MIN 7-13]
Wiggins Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  08:19
[MIN 8-13]
Wiggins Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
Harden Jump Shot: Missed  08:02  
Howard Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  08:01  
  08:00 Towns Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (B Kennedy) 
  08:00 Team Timeout : Regular 
Howard Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS)  08:00
[HOU 14-8]
 
Howard Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS)  08:00
[HOU 15-8]
 
  07:45 Towns Jump Shot: Missed 
Beverley Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  07:44  
Howard Alley Oop Layup shot: Missed  07:40  
  07:39 Towns Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  07:32
[MIN 10-15]
Rubio Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Howard Jump Shot: Missed Block: Rubio (1 BLK)  07:18  
  07:17 Towns Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  07:12
[MIN 13-15]
LaVine 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Wiggins (1 AST) 
Howard Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS)  06:57
[HOU 17-13]
 
  06:40 Dieng Hook Shot: Missed 
Beverley Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  06:39  
Howard Dunk Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Harden (2 AST)  06:29
[HOU 19-13]
 
  06:06 Wiggins Jump Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  06:05  
  06:05 Dieng Substitution replaced by Bjelica 
Motiejunas Hook Shot: Made (2 PTS)  05:46
[HOU 21-13]
 
  05:29 Towns Jump Shot: Missed Block: Howard (1 BLK) 
Howard Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  05:28  
Harden Jump Shot: Missed Block: LaVine (1 BLK)  05:09  
Motiejunas Rebound (Off:2 Def:0)  05:08  
Motiejunas Putback Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS)  05:07
[HOU 23-13]
 
  04:54
[MIN 16-23]
LaVine 3pt Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Rubio (2 AST) 
  04:32 Bjelica Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (E Lewis) 
Howard Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  04:32  
Team Rebound  04:32  
Beverley Substitution replaced by Terry  04:32  
Motiejunas Substitution replaced by Smith  04:32  
Howard Free Throw 2 of 2 (11 PTS)  04:32
[HOU 24-16]
 
  04:19 Rubio 3pt Shot: Missed 
  04:18 Bjelica Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  04:08 LaVine 3pt Shot: Missed 
Ariza Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  04:07  
Harden Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Towns (1 ST)  04:00  
Terry Foul: Personal (1 PF) (B Kennedy)  03:55  
Ariza Substitution replaced by Brewer  03:55  
  03:45 Wiggins Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed 
Smith Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  03:44  
Harden Running Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS)  03:38
[HOU 26-16]
 
  03:24 LaVine Jump Shot: Missed Block: Brewer (1 BLK) 
Howard Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  03:23  
Howard Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Rubio (1 ST)  03:22  
  03:17 Towns Layup Shot: Missed 
Smith Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  03:16  
  03:06 LaVine Foul: Personal (1 PF) (E Lewis) 
  03:06 Towns Substitution replaced by Smith 
  03:06 Rubio Substitution replaced by Jones 
Howard Substitution replaced by Capela  03:06  
Harden 3pt Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Terry (1 AST)  03:01
[HOU 29-16]
 
  02:43
[MIN 19-29]
LaVine 3pt Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Jones (1 AST) 
Harden Driving Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS)  02:33
[HOU 31-19]
 
  02:33 Bjelica Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (1 FTA) (K Lane) 
Team Timeout : Regular  02:33  
  02:33 Wiggins Substitution replaced by Prince 
Harden Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed  02:33  
  02:32 Bjelica Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
Capela Foul: Personal (1 PF) (2 FTA) (E Lewis)  02:18  
  02:18
[MIN 20-31]
LaVine Free Throw 1 of 2 (10 PTS) 
  02:18
[MIN 21-31]
LaVine Free Throw 2 of 2 (11 PTS) 
Terry Floating Jump shot: Missed  01:57  
  01:56 Prince Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  01:45 Jones 3pt Shot: Missed 
Capela Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  01:44  
Capela Alley Oop Layup shot: Missed  01:33  
Capela Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  01:32  
Capela Tip Layup Shot: Missed  01:32  
  01:30 Jones Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  01:24 LaVine 3pt Shot: Missed 
Capela Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  01:23  
Capela Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  01:14
[HOU 33-21]
 
  01:14 Jones Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (1 FTA) (K Lane) 
  01:14 LaVine Substitution replaced by Muhammad 
Capela Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed  01:14  
  01:13 Smith Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  00:52.8 Bjelica Driving Floating Jump Shot: Missed 
Terry Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  00:51.9  
Capela Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS)  00:35.9
[HOU 35-21]
 
  00:25.9 Prince Jump Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  00:24.3  
Harden 3pt Shot: Made (15 PTS)  00:00.1
[HOU 38-21]
 
End of 1st Quarter
Houston Rockets (40-41) Minnesota Timberwolves (28-53)
Start of 2nd QuarterBack to Top
  11:36 Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover 
Smith 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Howard (3 AST)  11:16
[HOU 41-21]
 
  10:59 Muhammad 3pt Shot: Missed 
  10:58 Prince Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  10:49 Payne 3pt Shot: Missed 
Brewer Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  10:48  
Brewer Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Payne (1 ST)  10:35  
Smith Foul: Personal (1 PF) (B Kennedy)  10:34  
  10:21 Muhammad Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Brewer (1 ST) 
Howard Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Payne (2 ST)  10:06  
  09:57
[MIN 23-41]
Muhammad Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Howard Driving Dunk Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: Brewer (1 AST)  09:51
[HOU 43-23]
 
  09:50 Team Timeout : Regular 
  09:50 Payne Substitution replaced by Dieng 
  09:30 Prince Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Terry (1 ST) 
Terry 3pt Shot: Missed  09:06  
Team Rebound  09:05  
Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover  09:05  
  08:52
[MIN 25-43]
Muhammad Cutting Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Jones (2 AST) 
  08:36 Prince Substitution replaced by Wiggins 
Terry Substitution replaced by Ariza  08:36  
Beverley 3pt Shot: Missed  08:29  
  08:28 Team Rebound 
  08:10 Jones Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Brewer (2 ST) 
Ariza Running Dunk Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Brewer (2 AST)  08:06
[HOU 45-25]
 
  07:52
[MIN 28-45]
Bjelica 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Jones (3 AST) 
Howard Foul: Offensive (2 PF) (K Lane)  07:40  
Howard Turnover : Foul (3 TO)  07:40  
Brewer Substitution replaced by Harden  07:40  
Ariza Foul: Shooting Block (2 PF) (2 FTA) (K Lane)  07:24  
  07:24 Dieng Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  07:24 Team Rebound 
  07:24
[MIN 29-45]
Dieng Free Throw 2 of 2 (5 PTS) 
  07:18 Jones Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) (E Lewis) 
Beverley Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  07:18
[HOU 46-29]
 
Howard Substitution replaced by Capela  07:18  
Beverley Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS)  07:18
[HOU 47-29]
 
  07:05 Bjelica 3pt Shot: Missed 
Beverley Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  07:03  
Beverley 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS)  06:49
[HOU 50-29]
 
  06:40 Jones Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Smith (1 ST) 
Beverley 3pt Shot: Missed  06:33  
  06:32 Dieng Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  06:21 Muhammad Floating Jump shot: Missed 
  06:20 Bjelica Rebound (Off:2 Def:1) 
Smith Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) (E Lewis)  06:20  
  06:20
[MIN 30-50]
Bjelica Free Throw 1 of 2 (4 PTS) 
  06:20 Jones Substitution replaced by Rubio 
  06:20 Muhammad Substitution replaced by LaVine 
Smith Substitution replaced by Motiejunas  06:20  
  06:20
[MIN 31-50]
Bjelica Free Throw 2 of 2 (5 PTS) 
Motiejunas Hook Shot: Missed  06:00  
  05:58 Bjelica Rebound (Off:2 Def:2) 
  05:44 Dieng Jump Bank Shot: Missed 
Capela Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  05:43  
Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed  05:36  
  05:34 Bjelica Rebound (Off:2 Def:3) 
  05:28
[MIN 33-50]
LaVine Driving Layup Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: Rubio (3 AST) 
Ariza Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed  05:09  
  05:08 Bjelica Rebound (Off:2 Def:4) 
  05:01 Rubio Driving Layup Shot: Missed Block: Beverley (1 BLK) 
Capela Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  05:00  
Harden Step Back Jump shot: Made (17 PTS)  04:50
[HOU 52-33]
 
  04:40 Team Timeout : Short 
  04:40  
Capela Substitution replaced by Howard  04:40  
  04:40 Bjelica Substitution replaced by Towns 
  04:30
[MIN 35-52]
Towns Cutting Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Dieng (1 AST) 
Harden Jump Shot: Missed  04:15  
Howard Rebound (Off:2 Def:3)  04:13  
Howard Tip Dunk Shot: Made (15 PTS)  04:13
[HOU 54-35]
 
  03:55
[MIN 37-54]
Dieng Cutting Dunk Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Towns (1 AST) 
Howard Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Made (17 PTS) Assist: Motiejunas (1 AST)  03:39
[HOU 56-37]
 
  03:24 Towns Pullup Jump shot: Missed 
Howard Rebound (Off:2 Def:4)  03:23  
Motiejunas Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed  03:02  
  03:01 Towns Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  02:57
[MIN 39-56]
Wiggins Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: LaVine (1 AST) 
Motiejunas 3pt Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Harden (3 AST)  02:36
[HOU 59-39]
 
  02:23 Towns 3pt Shot: Missed 
Ariza Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  02:22  
Harden Pullup Jump shot: Missed  02:14  
  02:13 Towns Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  02:03 LaVine 3pt Shot: Missed 
Motiejunas Rebound (Off:2 Def:1)  02:02  
Ariza 3pt Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Harden (4 AST)  01:51
[HOU 62-39]
 
  01:35
[MIN 41-62]
Wiggins Pullup Jump shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Rubio (4 AST) 
Harden Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Rubio (2 ST)  01:24  
  01:20
[MIN 43-62]
LaVine Running Dunk Shot: Made (15 PTS) Assist: Rubio (5 AST) 
  01:06 Towns Foul: Personal (2 PF) (K Lane) 
Team Timeout : Regular  01:06  
Motiejunas Substitution replaced by Smith  01:06  
Harden 3pt Shot: Made (20 PTS) Assist: Beverley (3 AST)  01:01
[HOU 65-43]
 
  00:49.5
[MIN 45-65]
Wiggins Driving Dunk Shot: Made (10 PTS) 
  00:30.7 Dieng Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (3 FTA) (K Lane) 
  00:30.7 Dieng Substitution replaced by Bjelica 
Harden Free Throw 1 of 3 (21 PTS)  00:30.7
[HOU 66-45]
 
Harden Free Throw 2 of 3 (22 PTS)  00:30.7
[HOU 67-45]
 
Harden Free Throw 3 of 3 (23 PTS)  00:30.7
[HOU 68-45]
 
  00:09.4
[MIN 47-68]
LaVine Driving Bank shot: Made (17 PTS) 
Beverley Layup Shot: Missed  00:01.3  
  00:01.0 Rubio Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
End of 2nd Quarter
Houston Rockets (40-41) Minnesota Timberwolves (28-53)
Start of 3rd QuarterBack to Top
Ariza Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA) (B Kennedy)  11:47  
  11:47
[MIN 48-68]
Wiggins Free Throw 1 of 2 (11 PTS) 
  11:47
[MIN 49-68]
Wiggins Free Throw 2 of 2 (12 PTS) 
Ariza Jump Shot: Missed Block: Towns (1 BLK)  11:34  
Team Rebound  11:33  
  11:24 Rubio Foul: Personal (1 PF) (E Lewis) 
Harden Fadeaway Jump Shot: Missed  11:13  
Team Rebound  11:12  
  11:12 Dieng Foul: Loose Ball (2 PF) (E Lewis) 
Motiejunas Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Wiggins (1 ST)  11:05  
  10:59
[MIN 51-68]
Rubio Running Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Wiggins (2 AST) 
Ariza Driving Dunk Shot: Made (11 PTS)  10:35
[HOU 70-51]
 
  10:12
[MIN 53-70]
Towns Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: LaVine (2 AST) 
Motiejunas 3pt Shot: Missed  09:54  
  09:53 Rubio Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
Beverley Violation:Kicked Ball (B Kennedy)  09:51  
  09:39
[MIN 55-70]
Towns Floating Jump shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: LaVine (3 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  09:33  
Harden Step Back Jump shot: Made (25 PTS)  09:21
[HOU 72-55]
 
Beverley Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (E Lewis)  09:07  
  09:07 Rubio Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  09:07 Team Rebound 
  09:07 Rubio Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Harden Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:07  
Motiejunas Turnaround Hook Shot: Missed  08:54  
  08:53 Dieng Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  08:41 Towns 3pt Shot: Missed 
Motiejunas Rebound (Off:2 Def:2)  08:40  
Howard Dunk Shot: Made (19 PTS) Assist: Ariza (1 AST)  08:32
[HOU 74-55]
 
  08:15
[MIN 57-74]
Towns Floating Jump shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Wiggins (3 AST) 
Harden Cutting Dunk Shot: Made (27 PTS) Assist: Motiejunas (2 AST)  07:59
[HOU 76-57]
 
  07:44 Wiggins Foul: Offensive Charge (2 PF) (K Lane) 
  07:44 Wiggins Turnover : Foul (2 TO) 
Harden 3pt Shot: Made (30 PTS) Assist: Motiejunas (3 AST)  07:36
[HOU 79-57]
 
  07:20 LaVine Jump Shot: Missed 
  07:18 Dieng Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  07:18 Dieng Layup Shot: Missed 
  07:17 LaVine Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  07:14
[MIN 59-79]
LaVine Driving Layup Shot: Made (19 PTS) 
Howard Turnover : 3 Second Violation (4 TO)  06:57  
  06:47 Wiggins Floating Jump shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  06:46  
  06:46 Towns Foul: Loose Ball (3 PF) (B Kennedy) 
Howard Layup Shot: Missed  06:33  
  06:32 Wiggins Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  06:15 LaVine Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Motiejunas (2 ST) 
Motiejunas Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Dieng (1 ST)  06:14  
Motiejunas Foul: Shooting Block (2 PF) (2 FTA) (K Lane)  06:12  
  06:12 Team Timeout : Regular 
Motiejunas Substitution replaced by Smith  06:12  
  06:12
[MIN 60-79]
Dieng Free Throw 1 of 2 (8 PTS) 
  06:12
[MIN 61-79]
Dieng Free Throw 2 of 2 (9 PTS) 
Smith 3pt Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Beverley (4 AST)  05:57
[HOU 82-61]
 
  05:39 LaVine 3pt Shot: Missed 
Smith Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  05:38  
Smith Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:LaVine (1 ST)  05:35  
  05:30 Rubio Jump Shot: Missed 
Howard Rebound (Off:2 Def:5)  05:28  
Ariza 3pt Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Harden (5 AST)  05:22
[HOU 85-61]
 
  05:05 Wiggins Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Smith (2 ST) 
Beverley Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Ariza (2 AST)  05:01
[HOU 87-61]
 
  05:01 Team Timeout : Short 
  05:01 Rubio Substitution replaced by Jones 
  05:01 Towns Substitution replaced by Bjelica 
  04:50 Dieng Jump Shot: Missed 
  04:49 Team Rebound 
Beverley Foul: Loose Ball (2 PF) (B Kennedy)  04:49  
  04:40 Wiggins Turnover : Bad Pass (4 TO) Steal:Howard (1 ST) 
Ariza Alley Oop Layup shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: Smith (1 AST)  04:34
[HOU 89-61]
 
  04:20
[MIN 63-89]
LaVine Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (21 PTS) 
Harden Driving Layup Shot: Missed  04:10  
  04:08 Dieng Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  04:00 Wiggins Jump Shot: Missed 
Howard Rebound (Off:2 Def:6)  03:59  
Smith 3pt Shot: Missed  03:50  
  03:49 Bjelica Rebound (Off:2 Def:5) 
  03:40
[MIN 65-89]
Dieng Layup Shot: Made (11 PTS) 
  03:20 Wiggins Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA) (B Kennedy) 
Ariza Free Throw 1 of 2 (17 PTS)  03:20
[HOU 90-65]
 
Beverley Substitution replaced by Terry  03:20  
Howard Substitution replaced by Capela  03:20  
  03:20 Wiggins Substitution replaced by Muhammad 
Ariza Free Throw 2 of 2 (18 PTS)  03:20
[HOU 91-65]
 
  03:04
[MIN 67-91]
Dieng Driving Dunk Shot: Made (13 PTS) 
Smith 3pt Shot: Missed  02:40  
  02:39 LaVine Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  02:30 Bjelica 3pt Shot: Missed 
Capela Rebound (Off:1 Def:5)  02:29  
Terry 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Harden (6 AST)  02:18
[HOU 94-67]
 
  02:00 Jones Jump Shot: Missed 
Capela Rebound (Off:1 Def:6)  01:59  
  01:56 Bjelica Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA) (E Lewis) 
Smith Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS)  01:56
[HOU 95-67]
 
  01:56 Dieng Substitution replaced by Towns 
  01:56 LaVine Substitution replaced by Prince 
Smith Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS)  01:56
[HOU 96-67]
 
  01:37 Towns 3pt Shot: Missed 
Ariza Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  01:36  
Harden 3pt Shot: Missed  01:29  
  01:28 Muhammad Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  01:23
[MIN 69-96]
Bjelica Cutting Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Muhammad (1 AST) 
Harden Step Back Jump shot: Made (32 PTS)  00:59.1
[HOU 98-69]
 
  00:49.9
[MIN 71-98]
Muhammad Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) 
Harden Driving Layup Shot: Made (34 PTS)  00:33.6
[HOU 100-71]
 
  00:30.4
[MIN 73-100]
Muhammad Running Dunk Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Jones (4 AST) 
Smith Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (1 FTA) (E Lewis)  00:30.4  
  00:30.4
[MIN 74-100]
Muhammad Free Throw 1 of 1 (9 PTS) 
Harden 3pt Shot: Missed  00:07.9  
  00:07.6 Towns Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
  00:05.9 Towns Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Ariza (1 ST) 
Ariza 3pt Shot: Made (21 PTS)  00:01.5
[HOU 103-74]
 
End of 3rd Quarter
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Start of 4th QuarterBack to Top
Brewer 3pt Shot: Missed  11:39  
  11:38 Bjelica Rebound (Off:2 Def:6) 
  11:21 Towns Jump Shot: Missed Block: Capela (1 BLK) 
Terry Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  11:19  
Brewer Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Terry (2 AST)  11:18
[HOU 105-74]
 
  11:18 Jones Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (1 FTA) (E Lewis) 
Brewer Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed  11:18  
  11:17 Team Rebound 
Brewer Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (E Lewis)  11:09  
  11:09
[MIN 75-105]
Bjelica Free Throw 1 of 2 (8 PTS) 
  11:09
[MIN 76-105]
Bjelica Free Throw 2 of 2 (9 PTS) 
Beverley Step Back Jump shot: Missed  10:50  
  10:49 Jones Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
Smith Foul: Personal (4 PF) (E Lewis)  10:43  
Smith Foul: Shooting (5 PF) (2 FTA) (K Lane)  10:39  
  10:39
[MIN 77-105]
Muhammad Free Throw 1 of 2 (10 PTS) 
  10:39
[MIN 78-105]
Muhammad Free Throw 2 of 2 (11 PTS) 
Smith 3pt Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Brewer (3 AST)  10:24
[HOU 108-78]
 
  10:05
[MIN 80-108]
Muhammad Cutting Layup Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: Bjelica (1 AST) 
Terry 3pt Shot: Missed  09:40  
  09:39 Bjelica Rebound (Off:2 Def:7) 
  09:33
[MIN 83-108]
Muhammad 3pt Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: Prince (1 AST) 
  09:09 Bjelica Foul: Shooting (4 PF) (2 FTA) (E Lewis) 
Beverley Free Throw 1 of 2 (8 PTS)  09:09
[HOU 109-83]
 
Beverley Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  09:09  
Beverley Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  09:08  
  09:06 Bjelica Foul: Shooting (5 PF) (2 FTA) (B Kennedy) 
Beverley Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  09:06  
Team Rebound  09:06  
Beverley Free Throw 2 of 2 (9 PTS)  09:06
[HOU 110-83]
 
  08:52
[MIN 85-110]
Towns Jump Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Prince (2 AST) 
Terry 3pt Shot: Missed  08:35  
  08:34 Bjelica Rebound (Off:2 Def:8) 
  08:18
[MIN 87-110]
Bjelica Cutting Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Prince (3 AST) 
Capela Hook Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Smith (2 AST)  07:54
[HOU 112-87]
 
Capela Violation:Defensive Goaltending (K Lane)  07:42  
  07:42
[MIN 89-112]
Muhammad Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (18 PTS) 
Beverley Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (11 PTS)  07:26
[HOU 114-89]
 
  07:12
[MIN 91-114]
Towns Jump Shot: Made (12 PTS) 
Capela Hook Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Smith (3 AST)  07:00
[HOU 116-91]
 
  07:00 Team Timeout : Regular 
  07:00 Towns Substitution replaced by Payne 
  07:00 Prince Substitution replaced by Rudez 
  06:49 Jones Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
  06:48 Bjelica Rebound (Off:3 Def:8) 
  06:47 Bjelica Layup Shot: Missed Block: Beverley (2 BLK) 
Beverley Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  06:46  
Smith 3pt Shot: Missed  06:39  
Capela Rebound (Off:2 Def:6)  06:37  
Capela Hook Shot: Made (10 PTS)  06:33
[HOU 118-91]
 
  06:19 Bjelica Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Beverley (1 ST) 
Brewer Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Jones (1 ST)  06:12  
Smith Foul: Shooting (6 PF) (2 FTA) (B Kennedy)  06:09  
Smith Substitution replaced by Motiejunas  06:09  
  06:09 Muhammad Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  06:09 Team Rebound 
  06:09 Muhammad Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Capela Rebound (Off:2 Def:7)  06:08  
Terry 3pt Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Brewer (4 AST)  06:00
[HOU 121-91]
 
  05:48 Payne Jump Shot: Missed 
Capela Rebound (Off:2 Def:8)  05:47  
Capela Layup Shot: Missed  05:35  
  05:33 Payne Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  05:29 Payne Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Capela (1 ST) 
Capela Foul: Offensive Charge (2 PF) (B Kennedy)  05:29  
Capela Turnover : Foul (1 TO)  05:29  
  05:29  
Motiejunas Substitution replaced by Goudelock  05:29  
Beverley Substitution replaced by Jones  05:29  
Brewer Substitution replaced by Beasley  05:29  
Capela Substitution replaced by McDaniels  05:29  
  05:20 Jones Floating Jump shot: Missed 
  05:18 Bjelica Rebound (Off:4 Def:8) 
Jones Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (K Lane)  05:03  
  05:03 Payne Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  05:03 Team Rebound 
  05:03 Payne Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Beasley Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  05:03  
Beasley Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Jones (2 ST)  04:54  
  04:42 Bjelica Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:McDaniels (1 ST) 
Beasley Pullup Jump shot: Made (2 PTS)  04:33
[HOU 123-91]
 
  04:33 Jones Foul: Shooting (4 PF) (1 FTA) (E Lewis) 
Beasley Free Throw 1 of 1 (3 PTS)  04:33
[HOU 124-91]
 
  04:19 Muhammad Pullup Jump shot: Missed 
  04:17 Payne Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  04:17 Payne Tip Layup Shot: Missed 
  04:16 Payne Rebound (Off:2 Def:1) 
  04:16
[MIN 93-124]
Payne Tip Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
McDaniels 3pt Shot: Missed  04:02  
  04:01 Bjelica Rebound (Off:4 Def:9) 
  04:01 Team Timeout : Regular 
Jones Foul: Personal (2 PF) (2 FTA) (E Lewis)  03:45  
  03:45 Payne Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  03:45 Team Rebound 
  03:45
[MIN 94-124]
Payne Free Throw 2 of 2 (3 PTS) 
Goudelock Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS)  03:26
[HOU 126-94]
 
Jones Foul: Personal (3 PF) (2 FTA) (B Kennedy)  03:09  
  03:09
[MIN 95-126]
Payne Free Throw 1 of 2 (4 PTS) 
  03:09
[MIN 96-126]
Payne Free Throw 2 of 2 (5 PTS) 
Jones Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Beasley (1 AST)  02:57
[HOU 128-96]
 
  02:46 Rudez 3pt Shot: Missed 
Beasley Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  02:45  
McDaniels Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed  02:31  
Jones Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  02:30  
Jones Jump Shot: Missed  02:26  
  02:26 Bjelica Rebound (Off:4 Def:10) 
  02:18
[MIN 98-128]
Muhammad Driving Layup Shot: Made (20 PTS) Assist: Jones (5 AST) 
Jones Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Payne (3 ST)  02:04  
  01:59
[MIN 100-128]
Muhammad Running Dunk Shot: Made (22 PTS) 
  01:45 Payne Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (B Kennedy) 
Beasley Free Throw 1 of 2 (4 PTS)  01:45
[HOU 129-100]
 
  01:45 Bjelica Substitution replaced by Smith 
Beasley Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  01:45  
  01:45 Payne Rebound (Off:2 Def:2) 
  01:25 Payne Jump Shot: Missed 
Jones Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  01:24  
Goudelock 3pt Shot: Missed  01:18  
  01:17 Jones Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  01:10
[MIN 102-129]
Payne Driving Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Muhammad (2 AST) 
Goudelock Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Muhammad (1 ST)  00:59.9  
Beasley Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (B Kennedy)  00:55.1  
  00:55.1
[MIN 103-129]
Muhammad Free Throw 1 of 2 (23 PTS) 
  00:55.1 Muhammad Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
McDaniels Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  00:53.9  
McDaniels Turnover : Discontinue Dribble (1 TO)  00:49.1  
  00:27.9 Muhammad 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:26.9 Smith Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  00:22.4
[MIN 105-129]
Jones Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Smith (1 AST) 
End of 4th Quarter
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HOU
4th Southwest
41
41
6-4
23-18
18-23
MIN
5th Northwest
29
53
5-5
14-27
15-26
 
ppg
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apg
bpg
spg
HOU
2 players 26.6
2 players 14.0
2 players 7.6
2 players 1.4
2 players 2.6
MIN
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