Instant Replay: Harden-less Rockets top T-Wolves

Instant Replay: Harden-less Rockets top T-Wolves
November 23, 2013, 9:15 pm
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Highlights: Rockets take down Timberwolves

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Houston led from wire-to-wire on Saturday night, getting the best of the Timberwolves, 112-101.

The Rockets headed into their game wondering who would step up in James Harden's absence. Harden missed the game as he is still bothered by his sore left foot.

Aaron Brooks was the man in this one with 26 points off the bench on 10-14 shooting, including nailing 6-of-7 3-pointers. The Rockets had to overcome 23 turnovers to push back the Grizzlies.

They did that by out-rebounding the burly Grizzlies 54-44 and shooting 52 percent in the game. Minnesota attempted 21 more shots than the Rockets, but made one fewer.

Terrence Jones had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Dwight Howard added 11 points and 13 boards. The team made a season high 17 3-pointers and their 17-of-31 (54.8 percent) performance was also a season best shooting performance.

Season of giving
Despite the Rockets thoroughly outplaying the Timberwolves in the first half, the halftime lead was only 13. That may sound like a lot, but consider the Rockets out-rebounded the Wolves 36-18. Also, Houston shot 50 percent overall and from the 3-point line, while Minnesota missed 35 of their 52 shots (17-52).

The problem was Houston committed 14 turnovers that led to 21 Wolves points. NBA steals leader Ricky Rubio had four in the first half.

The game was over when...
Jones drove and found Chandler Parsons cutting through the lane for an easy layup. It put the Rockets up 110-91 with 3:09 left in the game. It matched their largest lead of the game.

Next up
The Rockets are at Memphis on Monday night to face the Grizzlies. Houston will face Memphis all four times before the end of January. The Rockets won just one of their four meetings last season and have lost five straight games to the Grizzlies in Memphis.