Omer Asik and Terrence Jones v.s. Kevin Love and Gorgui Dieng. That’s what the game seemed like it would come to, except the Rockets happen to have someone named James Harden as well. The Rockets didn’t let the Timberwolves do what many teams did to the Rockets early on the season. They pushed the petal to the metal all second half and ended up winning by 23 points.
The Rockets came out firing early in the first quarter with Patrick Beverley scoring an early 8 points in the quarter. After their quick start however, things started to fall apart. Harden himself had four turnovers as he didn’t seem to have a handle for the ball. With the Timberwolves coming off an overtime loss in San Antonio just last night, the Rockets were expected to cruise to a victory with their fresh legs. That wasn’t the case early on as the Rockets were down by six at the end of the first quarter.
A change of the shoes for Harden and his whole game changed. The second quarter was the James Harden show as he finished with 17 points in the quarter. Omri Casspi and Donatas Motiejunas were the other big parts of the Rockets’ 37-point second quarter, as Kevin McHale rode the hot hands. The Rockets shot 65% and only committed two turnovers in the second quarter which helped propel them to a 15-0 run, and give them a 10-point lead at the half and ultimately the win.
Even though Asik and Jones finished with seven blocks, both Love and Dieng seemed to own the matchup. Dieng finished with 22 points and 21 rebounds and Love finished with 29 points and 6 rebounds. But that matchup didn’t matter as the Rockets had seven players in double figures tonight. Harden finished with 28 points, 5 rebounds, and 8 assists (plus another 7 turnovers). Chandler Parsons may have found his confidence as he finished with 19 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists. Motiejunas finished with 20 points and registered a +24 when on the court.
The Rockets will take the win and head to Cleveland for a matchup against the Cavaliers. Saturday’s game is scheduled for 6:30 PM and can be seen on CSN Houston.
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