Dwight Howard put up 18 points and recorded 15 rebounds, his 34th double-double of the season, to lead the Houston Rockets to a victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, 107-89. Houston (35-17) has now won six straight contests, dating back to a 97-90 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on January 28th.
Howard went 7-13 from the field and 4-5 from the free throw line. Chandler Parsons chipped in 20 points and 6 assists for Houston as well. Kevin Love had another strong game for Minnesota in the loss, scoring 31 points on 9-23 shooting (1-6 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 12-12 from the free throw line. He also tallied 10 rebounds. Chase Budinger added 15 points and 7 rebounds.
The Timberwolves posted an eFG% of just 39.1%, including 24.0% from 3-point range. This year, they are 1-11 when they record marks below 45% and 30% in those respective categories. On the other hand, the Rockets are 10-1 when holding their opponents to such low percentages.
Minnesota (24-28) has now lost four in a row.
Coming up, the Rockets take on the Washington Wizards, who are 25-25 on the season. The Timberwolves match up against the Denver Nuggets, currently sitting at 24-26 this year. The Rockets have a 1-0 record against Washington this season. The Timberwolves have lost their last two meetings with Denver.