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Houston Rockets: 3 keys to winning Game 2 against the Wolves

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The Houston Rockets narrowly defeated the Wolves in Game 1. Here are a few things they can do in order to have more success in Game 2.

The Rockets didn’t have the same success in Game 1 against the Timberwolves that they’ve had in the previous four games.

In the regular season, Houston defeated the Wolves by an average margin of 15.75 points and they scored at least 116 points in every game. Houston shot well from beyond the arc and they converted at the free-throw line. Minnesota’s offense just couldn’t keep up.

Game 1 of the Western Conference first-round was a lot closer. Houston failed to go on one of their patented runs and leave Minnesota in the dust. Chris Paul struggled to find a rhythm, as he shot just 5-of-14 from the floor and committed 6 turnovers.

Trevor Ariza, P.J. Tucker, Eric Gordon and Gerald Green all shot 40 percent or under for the game. The Rockets were saved by a monumental effort from James Harden who scorched the Wolves with 44 points, 7 made 3-pointers and 8 assists. Clint Capela also turned in a big game, finishing with 24 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks.

The Rockets were also saved by poor performances from Minnesota’s stars. Karl-Anthony Towns finished with just 8 points in 40 minutes. Jimmy Butler finished with just 13 points in 36 minutes.

Obviously, the Wolves understand that they need better production from their top scorers in order to compete with the high-scoring Rockets. Both teams will make a lot of adjustments and the second game will be more high-scoring than the first.

Lets get into the three keys to victory for the Houston Rockets in Game 2.

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