Without Harden, Brooks lifts Rockets to win

Without Harden, Brooks lifts Rockets to win
November 23, 2013, 11:00 pm
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The Rockets had all five starters reach double-digit scoring on Saturday against Minnesota. But it was the 26 points off the bench from Aaron Brooks that really lifted them to the 112-101 victory.

They were without leading scorer James Harden, who missed the game with his bothersome sore left foot. But his offense was hardly missed with the balanced scoring and the big effort from Brooks.

Brooks had scored only 28 points all season in 10 games and had made only nine shots. He made 10 on Saturday night, including seven in a row at one point in the second and third quarters, on his way to a 10-of-14 shooting effort that included 6-of-7 from beyond the 3-point line.

"He's been working hard. He came in...his second quarter was special," Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said about Brooks. "He really had it going. He was making shots. When he sees the ball goes in...he's a scorer. Aaron did a great job tonight."

"We did a great job," Brooks said. "We all played well, especially the point guards, we hit shots. That's why we got Dwight, you spread out and you shoot.

"Once you see one go in and you get that momentum," Brooks added. "You keep going and it just starts happening. Coach said be aggressive and when coach says that it's like gold to your ears."

The Rockets were very good offensively, making a season high 17 3-pointers and shot above 50 percent from behind the 3-point line for the first time all season.

"From three's, that's where the game was," Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman said. "They made every three point shot they shot, it seemed. Give them credit."

To say they were very good offensively would only tell part of the story. They won despite a season-worst 24 turnovers. On top of that, way too many of them led to easy run outs and conversions for Minnesota. The Timberwolves scored 37 points off those turnovers.

"I've said it since I've been here, because we had a lot of turnovers," McHale said. "There is no defense for turnovers at half court. There is no defense for a throwback at the 3-point line. it's just a jail break."

They were without their leading scorer and had their worst game of the season turning the ball over, yet they got the desired result. Something they needed after their disappointing loss in Dallas on Wednesday.