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Rockets win over the T-Wolves led by clutch James Harden

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MARCH 18: Gerald Green
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MARCH 18: Gerald Green

The Rockets won their fifth straight game tonight led by the MVP of the league this season.

James Harden and the Houston Rockets (56-14) are rolling once again. They have now won 5 in a row after having their 17-game winning streak snapped.

Tonight, they defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves (40-31) 129-120 and dropped them to the 8th seed in the West. This would put Minnesota against Houston in the first round if the playoffs started today. Since the Rockets swept the season series against them, that would certainly be a nice matchup.

The Rockets have officially passed their win total from last season, too. What an incredible year from this squad.

Let’s look at the stats from the game:

Key Stats

James Harden: 34 points, 12 assists, 2 steals, 1 block

Chris Paul: 18 points, 9 assists

Clint Capela: 16 points, 12 rebounds, 3 blocks

Gerald Green: 12 points, 5/5 FG

Ryan Anderson: 14 points, 4/5 from 3

How the Rockets won

James Harden proved why he is the Most Valuable Player of the league. He dropped 34 points on 50% shooting and hit the dagger 3 to put away the Wolves:

James Harden is the MVP. This is no longer a question.

— ClutchFans (@clutchfans) March 19, 2018

Gerald Green provided a great spark off the bench. The Rockets rested Joe Johnson tonight and that allowed Green-light to shine. He did, though, get ejected after standing up against Gorgui Dieng:

I think we all knew Gerald Green has his #Rockets teammates back, he’s showed it again tonight, taking offense to Gorgui Dieng pushing Chris Paul to the ground.

— Adam Wexler (@KPRC2AdamW) March 19, 2018

What a dude.

Ryan Anderson was fantastic tonight off the bench. He had 4 makes from deep and really made the offense of the Rockets even deadlier. If he catches fire going into playoffs, look out!

Eric Gordon had one of his least-aggressive games of the season. He only had 5 points on 5 shot attempts. The Rockets were still able to have 38 points out of their bench unit.

Next up for the Rockets? A matchup against the red-hot Trail Blazers on Tuesday night. Be sure to watch and support as the Rockets look to lock up a top-2 seed!

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