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The Houston Rockets seem to always play down to their opponent’s skill level, but this time they finished strong, beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 108-100.
Fans chanted “MVP” for James Harden, and boy did he deserve it. Harden even got close to a triple-double, finishing with 37 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds. He shot 8-16 from the field, 5-10 from deep and 16-18 from the line. He always seems to find a way to lead his team to victory. Just like a superstar should.
This was one of the rare nights where both guys in the backcourt put up big numbers. Jeremy Lin had a poor first half just like pretty much everyone else did, but responded big time in the second half, finishing with 24 points, 8 assists and 4 steals.
Greg Smith stepped up big off the bench. As usual when a player produces Kevin McHale will leave him in. That’s exactly what happened which left Omer Asik on the bench in the 4th. Smith finished with 12 points and 4 rebounds while Asik finished with 6 points and 12 rebounds.
This was a huge win as the Los Angeles Lakers also won their game. The Rockets continue to stay in the playoff race and ahead of both the Lakers and the Utah Jazz. They will face the Golden State Warriors Sunday night in another big matchup of playoff bound teams.