The Houston Rockets defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves with a strong performance by Dwight Howard.
It appeared as if this game was going to be similar to the Rockets last win against the Milwaukee Bucks. Though the Rockets were the better team in both affairs, they let their opponent stick around for much too long though eventually closed it out in each game. Unlike the Bucks game though, the Rockets disposed of the Timberwolves much earlier in the fourth quarter, letting their fans breathe easier throughout the night.
When the Rockets have a lead at halftime, you could usually assume what’s going to happen next. The opposing team will come out strong and rattle off several points in a row, McHale will call a timeout, and then the Rockets will respond. It’s what happens following that back-and-forth that the Rockets change up from time-to-time. Do they give up the lead? Do they step on their opponent’s throat? Tonight, it was sort of a mixture.
So what happened? After entering the third quarter up nine, the Rockets allowed six straight points and forced McHale to use an early timeout. The Rockets responded with a 12-0 run of their own, but decided not to finish the Timberwolves quite yet, instead, allowing them to go on a 14-3 run and only put up 1 point in the last 5+ minutes of the third.
Instead of completely giving up the lead though, the Rockets took care of business in the fourth quarter, outscoring the T-wolves by 14 points. In essence a mixture of both usual outcomes. Chandler Parsons was the team’s leading scorer with 20 points and he also dished out 6 assists. James Harden finished with 19 points and didn’t play in the 4th quarter. Dwight Howard (+27) dominated down low, finishing with 18 points and 15 rebounds, good for his 34th double-double of the year. Patrick Beverley and Terrence Jones each added 14 points of their own as all Rockets starters scored 10+ points, pushing the team’s record to 10-2 when they all score at least 10.
Oh, and I almost forgot.
Omer Asik scored his first bucket since his injury as he finished with 3 points and 6 rebounds in 10 minutes. Let’s see what has happened since the last time Asik scored a basket.
- Nelson Mandela passed away
- Jarred Cosart Twitter controversy #1 and #2
- The Houston Texans lost some more
- Richard Sherman’s antics
- Latvia accepted the Euro as its currency
- Marcus “Not So” Smart
- Patrick Beverley broke his hand, rehabbed, returned, ran laps around Asik, scored, etc
- MUCH MUCH MORE
But in all seriousness Omer, WELCOME BACK! Don’t get too comfortable though. The trade deadline is February 20th.
The Rockets try to extend their winning streak to seven games as they head home to face the Washington Wizards. Wednesday’s tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM and can be seen on CSN Houston.
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