The Houston Rockets came to play tonight, showing the Wolves no mercy in route to a 117-102 victory. The star point guard for the team had one of his best games of the year, too.
The Houston Rockets just finished off the Minnesota Timberwolves in a dominating second half. They defeated the Wolves 117-102, picking up their 11th win in 12 games (curse you, Warriors).
Despite it being close in the first half, the Rockets absolutely exploded in the last two quarters. In the third quarter alone, they knocked down a franchise-record 10 shots from deep. They made 20 in total in the game on 42% shooting.
CP3 returned after sitting out one game due to rest. The rest seemed to do him well, as he had one of his best games of the year.
In total, Chris Paul had 25 points, 10 assists and 7 rebounds on an uber-efficient 8/12 shooting and 6/7 from 3. He was unconscious in the third quarter, helping open up the game for the Rockets.
Paul is looking as close to 100% as we’ve seen him all year. This is a perfect time for him to regain his rhythm as the playoffs are less than a month away.
James Harden free throws
Tonight was an odd night for James Harden. He came into tonight dealing with a neck injury that he’s now had twice this season. He still decided to play and had some nice moments in this game, but was pretty inefficient.
He also finished with zero free throws attempted. Take that, NBA Twitter. This is only the third time in his Rockets career that this has happened, with the most recent coming on January 2, 2015. Until tonight, those games have all come in a loss.
As always, every win is huge at this point in the season. Tonight’s dub puts the Rockets firmly in the No. 3 seed in the West. They are currently 1.5 games up on Portland and 2 games up on Oklahoma City.
As for catching Denver for the No. 2 seed, that’s still possible. They are technically 3 games back of the Nuggets, but are 4 back in the loss column.
Let’s make a nice run and get a high seed! Go Rockets!