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Houston Rockets: Player grades from win against Minnesota Timberwolves

James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)
James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)
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James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

James Harden led the Houston Rockets to their seventh consecutive win with his 49-point performance against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

About half of the Houston Rockets’ rotation watched Saturday’s matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves from the sidelines or at home. The Houston Rockets played without Russell Westbrook, Clint Capela, Eric Gordon and Danuel House. The Timberwolves were without Andrew Wiggins, who is averaging career-highs in points, rebounds, assists and field goal percentage to start the season.

Despite landing in Minnesota with a short-handed roster, the Rockets played a solid game from start to finish. They out scored Minnesota in every quarter and they held the Wolves to just 12-for-38 shooting from 3-point range.

To no one’s surprise, James Harden came out aggressive, scoring 18 points on 17 shot attempts in the first quarter alone. However, he had plenty of help from Austin Rivers, Ben McLemore and Chris Clemons, who all played very well in their expanded roles.

With that being said, let’s take a look at the player grades from the Houston Rockets’ 125-105 win over the Timberwolves.

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