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James Harden, Donatas Motiejunas spark Rockets by Timberwolves

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James Harden put up 28 points and added 8 assists to help the Houston Rockets drub the Minnesota Timberwolves, 129-106. The Rockets shot lights out in this game, finishing 49-85 (57.6%). This is the seventh win for Houston (46-22) in its last 10 games.

Harden shot 9-16 from the field (6-10 on 3-point attempts) in a quality performance offensively. Other key performers for Houston were Donatas Motiejunas with 20 points and 6 rebounds, Chandler Parsons with 19 points and 9 rebounds, and Jeremy Lin with 11 points and 10 assists. Kevin Love had another quality performance for Minnesota in the loss, putting up 29 points on 10-19 shooting, including 5-9 from behind the arc. Gorgui Dieng contributed 22 points and 21 rebounds.

As expected, the offense of Houston was able to find success (67.1% eFG%) against a defense for Minnesota that has had its struggles, ranking third-worst in the NBA at forcing missed shots (51.7% opponents' eFG%). Along with their eFG% of 67.1%, the Rockets connected at a rate of 42.1% from 3-point range. On the season, they are undefeated (18-0) when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Timberwolves are 2-11 when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.

Minnesota (34-33) has now dropped three straight games to Houston.

Coming up, the Rockets square off against the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are 26-43 on the season. The Timberwolves go up against the Phoenix Suns, currently sitting at 39-29 this year. The Rockets are 1-0 versus Cleveland this season. The Timberwolves are 1-1 versus Phoenix this season.


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