Terrence Jones posted his 3rd double-double this season, scoring 18 points and registering 10 rebounds, to help the Houston Rockets defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves, 112-101. The Rockets took quality shots, finishing 41-79 (51.9%) from the field, including 17-31 (54.8%) from beyond the arc. Houston (9-5) gets one in the win column after losing to Dallas on Wednesday.
Jones went 7-10 (2-3 from three-point range) in a good performance. Houston also got solid performances from Aaron Brooks with 26 points and 5 assists, Jeremy Lin with 19 points and 5 rebounds, and Chandler Parsons with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Kevin Love had another strong game for Minnesota in the loss, putting up 27 points on 11-22 shooting, including 2-5 from behind the arc. He also tallied 15 rebounds. Corey Brewer contributed 22 points and 5 steals and Nikola Pekovic finished with 14 points and 7 rebounds.
In a battle of strength versus strength, the high-powered offense of Houston (ranked third in the NBA in offensive efficiency) emerged victorious over the defense of Minnesota (ranked third in defensive efficiency), scoring 1.13 points per possession. The Rockets combined an eFG% of 62.7% with 54.8% 3-point shooting. They are undefeated (4-0) this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The Timberwolves, on the other hand, are winless (0-2) when allowing opponents to hit those marks.
Minnesota (8-7) couldn't get consecutive victories after beating Brooklyn on Friday.
Coming up, the Rockets play the Memphis Grizzlies, who are 7-6 on the season. The Timberwolves match up with the Indiana Pacers, currently sitting at 12-1 this year.