Houston Rockets crush T-Wolves to take a 2-0 series lead

HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 15: Taj Gibson
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 15: Taj Gibson /

The Houston Rockets were looking to take a commanding 2-0 series lead over the 8th seed Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday night and did so easily in a blowout win. Here is a quick wrap-up of the teams victory.

Houston Rockets fans — in this 102-82 victory, the presumptive MVP in James Harden really struggled to get things going from the field as he was 2-for-18 with 12 points.  This game was quite surprising for the Beard.

However, Chris Paul and Gerald Green went bananas as Green chipped in 21 points and Paul, who was the scoring leader for tonight, had 27 points, eight dimes and three rebounds. Ariza still contributed a hearty 15 points, despite going 5-for-14 from the field.

The defense definitely started to lock down in the 2nd quarter as the T-Wolves struggled to get anything in the hoop for majority of the period.

Although Harden did not have the type of game he would like on offense, he really shut up his haters tonight as he was remarkable on the defense side including this play:


In comparison, the Houston Rockets looked absolutely abysmal from the field as nothing was

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going in and the T-Wolves led 23-18 at the beginning of the 2nd quarter. But from there on out, they played championship basketball.

What is really impressive is that the Houston Rockets have held Karl-Anthony Towns to 13 points over the past two games. Towns is one of the best young centers in all of basketball and the fact that we are holding someone of his caliber to so few points is remarkable.

Clint Capela continued his dominant level of play last night, not so much offensively points-wise but defensively he was a wall for this team. Although it doesn’t show in the stat line but the eye test certainly indicates that he was present and contributed to our defensive success.

In regard to the future of this team, we also got to see a little bit of Zhou Qi at the waning minutes of last night’s game. He got his first playoff bucket on a really nice shot in garbage time.

The Rockets take the show on the road as they now travel to Minneapolis and look to take a commanding 3-0 lead over the T-Wolves.

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Here’s information on Game 3:

Date: Saturday, April 21

TV: ESPN & AT&T Sportsnet

Time: 6:30 PM CT

Let’s hope for the best!