Shved misses a 3 pointer badly to close the game out.
Harden just took over the game with two drives to the hoop and gave Houston the 87-84 lead.
Wolves hanging to a one point 84-83. Minny really took Houston out of their typical high scoring ways. However, Wolves can’t seem to score either.
It’s good to see a packed Target Center crowd of 20,300. They are already on their feet with only a few minutes left.
Harden’s free throws helping Houston keep the deficit down 76-74.
Pekovic really looking sluggish against Asik and the Rockets. Hopefully, it’s just the illness.
Houston keeping the game close by drilling the occassional 3 pointer.
D-Will with a beautiful spin move and shot.
Love looks a little banged up after going down hard chasing down a ball.
Houston playing super physical with Kevin Love in the low block.
Wolves escape the quarter with a 64-61 lead after not making a shot for 5 minutes. Minor miracle right there.
Derrick Williams checked back in after drilling a couple three pointers. Hopefully, he can do it again this half.
Pekovic has made his way back to the bench.
Wolves have gone 1-9 for since their big lead.
Asik is really doing a number on Kevin Love’s offensive rebounding.
Kirilenko still having troubles finishing at the rim.
Houston comes back with a 9-2 run as the lead dwindles down 62-55.
Wolves starting to stretch their lead out to double digits. 58-46.
Shved continuing his good play with a terrific 3 pointer.
Wolves still running the double high drag screen. Teams still haven’t figured out which player is popping out and which player is rolling down.
Cunningham once again comes up with a huge block in transition.
Pekovic out temporarily with an undiagnosed illness.
Wolves with 23 bench points compared to the Rockets 9.
Minnesota deciding to go for a defense by committee on Harden. He’s been struggling for the most part with his settling for contested midrange jumpers.
Wolves somehow end up with the lead 47-44. Shved and Barea are having pretty good games while Love and Pekovic are playing below their usual standards.
Cunningham’s defensive versatility is quite remarkable. He’s guarded everyone from power forwards to point guards.
Shved giving Harden some fits on the offensive end. He’s gotten past him twice now.
Houston taking advantage of Minnesota’s turnovers by getting the ball out quickly and gunning from the corners.
Love missing shots frequently now. He’s blown an open layup and many open 3 pointers.
Houston is the most turnover in the NBA and the Wolves have to do a better job of capitalizing off of those.
Wolves getting out rebounded 20-18. which is a pretty rare occurence. Primarily attributed to the sheer size of Asik.
Rubio’s defense has really started to pick up today. He has 3 deflections in this game already.
Rubio will get extended minutes today to get his rhythm back. He’s looking far better today.
Wolves defense struggling to keep up with the Rockets as they start to heat up:
Wolves: 17 Rockets: 22
Shved and Ridnour combining for a beautiful back cut dunk.
Minnesota: 15 Houston: 20
Houston just loaded with shooters on their roster.
Hard to think how good this Houston team could be considering that they are the youngest team in the league.
Pekovic and Love should be looking to get Houston’s front line into a lot of front line.
Asik’s length forcing Pekovic into a 0-4 start.
Love with two quick misses from three point range.
Houston’s offensive supremacy has really been highlighted by Parsons, Harden and Douglas.
Minnesota has been using flare screens more and more often to space out their shooters.
Both Kevin Love and Chandler Parsons will be playing today despite injury concerns.
Houston is another very good fast break team with excellent shooters. Minnesota doesn’t match up very well with them.
Wolves will be taking on the red hot Rockets after they just dismantled both Memphis and Chicago, two of the best defensive teams in the league.