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HOUSTON (31 - 9) at MINNESOTA (12 - 26)
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HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games31-9+22.326-1422-18114.859.347.1%53.4107.153.745.4%51.1
Road Games15-6+13.216-511-10113.359.146.9%52.0109.256.346.1%51.8
Last 5 Games5-0+53-23-2113.856.047.3%51.4107.254.246.2%51.2
HOUSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)114.859.341-8747.1%15-4037.6%18-2475.4%531126208155
vs opponents surrendering104.552.838-8445.6%10-2636.3%18-2376.9%521022208145
Team Stats (Road Games)113.359.141-8746.9%15-3937.4%17-2374.7%521125218154
Stats Against (All Games)107.153.740-8845.4%10-2836.3%18-2278.2%511022208145
vs opponents averaging104.252.238-8545.3%10-2636.0%18-2377.4%511022208135
Stats Against (Road Games)109.256.340-8746.1%10-2837.1%19-2578.3%521122209144

MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games12-26-18.216-2217-20103.053.745.5%50.9104.550.647.1%48.6
Home Games7-13-9.810-108-12104.154.446.4%51.5102.747.546.7%46.2
Last 5 Games1-4-5.52-31-495.648.245.3%51.897.248.646.7%44.2
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)103.053.738-8445.5%8-2335.2%19-2478.1%511223218145
vs opponents surrendering104.652.738-8545.2%10-2735.9%18-2476.7%521022208135
Team Stats (Home Games)104.154.438-8246.4%9-2337.1%19-2577.6%511223217154
Stats Against (All Games)104.550.638-8247.1%9-2636.1%18-2377.3%49922218145
vs opponents averaging104.652.439-8545.2%10-2735.7%18-2376.9%521022208145
Stats Against (Home Games)102.747.537-8046.7%10-2736.6%18-2377.0%46821219144
Average power rating of opponents played: HOUSTON 96.5,  MINNESOTA 94.8
HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
12/2/2016@ DENVER128-110W3.5W221.5O45-8950.6%491146-10245.1%6216
12/7/2016LA LAKERS134-95W-13.5W222.5O51-9454.3%562034-8739.1%4927
12/9/2016@ OKLAHOMA CITY102-99W-1W224U36-9239.1%631534-8142.0%5817
12/16/2016NEW ORLEANS122-100W-12W224.5U42-9444.7%661440-9840.8%5811
12/17/2016@ MINNESOTA111-109W-2.5L221U39-9640.6%531641-9244.6%6621
12/20/2016SAN ANTONIO100-102L-1L214U35-9238.0%571636-7746.8%5119
12/21/2016@ PHOENIX125-111W-6W228O46-8653.5%521144-9347.3%548
12/23/2016@ MEMPHIS109-115L-3.5L205.5O38-8942.7%531441-8150.6%4510
12/27/2016@ DALLAS123-107W-4.5W209O41-7852.6%531636-8741.4%449
12/30/2016LA CLIPPERS140-116W-10.5W216.5O45-8155.6%511345-9646.9%4615
12/31/2016NEW YORK129-122W-12.5L224.5O42-9245.7%591347-10544.8%617
1/5/2017OKLAHOMA CITY118-116W-8.5L227.5O41-8647.7%52941-9145.1%579
1/6/2017@ ORLANDO100-93W-5W224U39-8645.3%551538-9141.8%5415
1/8/2017@ TORONTO129-122W-2W227.5O46-8951.7%431542-7853.8%4417
1/11/2017@ MINNESOTA              
1/15/2017@ BROOKLYN              
1/17/2017@ MIAMI              
1/20/2017GOLDEN STATE              
1/21/2017@ MEMPHIS              
1/23/2017@ MILWAUKEE              
1/25/2017@ BOSTON              
1/27/2017@ PHILADELPHIA              

MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
12/2/2016@ NEW YORK114-118L-2.5L211.5O41-8846.6%461441-8647.7%5415
12/3/2016@ CHARLOTTE125-120W6W210.5O48-10645.3%581044-10143.6%6814
12/6/2016SAN ANTONIO91-105L4L205.5U36-8243.9%481539-7452.7%4211
12/8/2016@ TORONTO110-124L9.5L214O45-8851.1%471343-8749.4%518
12/11/2016GOLDEN STATE108-116L10W226.5U36-8144.4%581438-8345.8%448
12/13/2016@ CHICAGO99-94W5.5W208U38-8644.2%591438-8743.7%489
12/21/2016@ ATLANTA92-84W4W216U35-8342.2%601734-8241.5%4110
12/25/2016@ OKLAHOMA CITY100-112L3.5L212P39-8347.0%421242-8251.2%5115
12/28/2016@ DENVER103-105L4W217U42-9444.7%52842-8151.9%4715
1/3/2017@ PHILADELPHIA91-93L-4.5L206U33-8240.2%511733-8538.8%5716
1/6/2017@ WASHINGTON105-112L5L211.5O42-8847.7%441046-7958.2%3913
1/13/2017OKLAHOMA CITY              
1/15/2017@ DALLAS              
1/17/2017@ SAN ANTONIO              
1/19/2017@ LA CLIPPERS              
1/24/2017@ PHOENIX              
HOUSTON: BACKCOURT: SG James Harden will again be the lead ball handler for the Rockets, and the coaching of Mike D'Antoni means he'll have even more opportunities to score than before. For many, he's an easy preseason favorite for MVP. New SG Eric Gordon has never fulfilled his potential, but, if healthy, can spread the floor both alongside Harden and for a bench unit. . . . FRONTCOURT: C Dwight Howard's departure leaves the Rockets bereft of rim protection and rebounding, but opens up greater possibilities on offense. C Clint Capela and C Nene will fill his shoes in the post. Like Gordon, offseason acquisition PF Ryan Anderson will improve the team's spacing. SFs Trevor Ariza and Corey Brewer are both solid defenders who can shoot, although Ariza looked like he may have lost a step last season. . . . BOTTOM LINE: D'Antoni's arrival and Howard's exit indicate that the Rockets will feature a fun, faster-paced offense that Harden should thrive in. But some bad defenders will have to play not-bad defense if Houston is to thrive.
MINNESOTA: BACKCOURT: PG Ricky Rubio catches flak for his inability to shoot, but he's uniquely well-suited to this team. His savant-like court vision and highly underrated defense would be missed if he were moved. SG Zach LaVine appears to have improved in the offseason and may move up on the team's list of scoring options. Rookie PG Kris Dunn is NBA-ready, but he may have trouble getting minutes in a crowded backcourt. . . . FRONTCOURT: Many have C Karl-Anthony Towns among their top ten players in the league right now. That's a little much, but it seems like he's not that far away, either. SF Andrew Wiggins averaged 20 a game in his second season but still showed plenty of room for improvement, which says good things about his ceiling. PF Gorgui Dieng is a good role player alongside lots of guys who need the ball. . . . BOTTOM LINE: How much better can a young team get in a single season? Oozing with talent, Minnesota is a good candidate for a case study to answer that question. New coach Tom Thibodeau will keep the best players on the court plenty, but expectations are a bit too high.
Timberwolves eye revenge in rematch with Rockets

MINNEAPOLIS -- In a season full of second-half collapses, perhaps not one sticks out more for the Minnesota Timberwolves than the 111-109 overtime home loss to the Houston Rockets in December.

Minnesota, which has 12 losses this season when leading by double-digits, led by 12 points with 2:19 left in the game. Then, Houston forwards Ryan Anderson and Trevor Ariza each hit two 3-pointers as the Rockets closed regulation on a 14-2 run.

James Harden scored 10 of his 28 points in overtime and Houston stayed near the top of the Western Conference while burying the Timberwolves further down the standings.

The two teams meet again in Minnesota on Wednesday.

The Rockets (31-9) are still riding high after beating the Charlotte Hornets 121-114 on Tuesday night in Houston. Harden scored 40 points with 15 rebounds and 10 assists to become just the third player since the 1985-86 season to record back-to-back games with a triple-double and 40 points, according to STATS, LLC.

"Most important thing is winning and it's been a total turnaround from last year to this year," Harden said after Tuesday's game. "Winning and good things will come, individual stats."

The Timberwolves (12-26) are still trying to find their way and keep from slipping in the second half of games. Minnesota saw a 21-point lead vanish at home against the Dallas Mavericks on Monday but never relinquished the lead and won 101-92 to snap a four-game losing streak.

The December game is still fresh in the minds of the Timberwolves.

"I mean, I've learned from that game," Minnesota center Karl-Anthony Towns told the team's website on Tuesday. "We've all learned. Just going to go there, go into tomorrow with a certain energy, a certain passion, a certain excitement and we have to go out there and execute. And again, everything goes back to our discipline. If we're disciplined for four straight quarters, not many teams in this league can beat us."

The Timberwolves seemingly had one of the top teams in the West on the ropes, before Houston finished strong.

The Rockets, as they did in December, head to Minnesota with a nine-game winning streak.

"I definitely didn't know we'd be here," Houston coach Mike D'Antoni said after Tuesday's win. "The first 20 games, we thought we could be 11-9 and we'd be happy. So, we're plus 19 on that one. I just like the way we're playing. I like their energy and I think the defense is getting better."

D'Antoni said guard Eric Gordon, who scored 20 points with six rebounds and four assists in the previous meeting, won't travel with the team to Minnesota. Gordon is dealing with a toe injury.

The Timberwolves could also be without one of their top scorers in guard Zach LaVine.

LaVine left Monday's game with a hip contusion and is listed as questionable. LaVine scored 24 points in the previous matchup with the Rockets and is 31st in the league in scoring at 20.4 points per game.

"It was a weird play that he got bumped on," coach Tom Thibodeau told the team's website after Tuesday's practice. "But he'll be OK."

Tyus Jones entered Monday when LaVine left the game and scored seven points in 11 minutes. The little-used, second-year guard could see more playing time if LaVine is out.

"You've got to take advantage of your opportunity," Jones said after Monday's game. "It's next guy up. Zach went down and there can't be a fall off. If Coach calls, you've got to be ready to go in and pick up where Zach left off. Just trying to make sure I can do anything to help the team pull out a 'W' tonight."

Last Updated: 5/27/2018 12:53:27 PM EST

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