Saturday, January 25, 2020
The Houston Rockets were able to avoid a fifth straight loss on Wednesday as they defeated the Denver Nuggets, 121-105. They will hope to grab a second straight victory as they battle the Minnesota Timberwolves. For the Rockets, this game will be the first of four straight that they play on the road.
The Timberwolves, on the other hand, have not been having the best season. Right now they are trying to avoid an eighth straight loss. Tonight’s game will mark the third of four times that these two ball clubs will meet each other this season.
The last time they played was on January 11 when the Rockets won, 139-109. James Harden finished that game with 32 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists, and 2 steals while Josh Okogie had 16 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals, and one block.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:
The Rockets and the Timberwolves have battled each other a grand total of 129 times in the past as the Timberwolves won 43 games while the Rockets went on to grab 86 victories.
-Gerald Green (foot)
-NeNe (adductor strain)
-Tyson Chandler (coach’s decision; 1.4 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 0.2 APG, 77.8 FG%)
-Michael Frazier (coach’s decision; 1.3 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 33.3 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Isaiah Hartenstein (coach’s decision; 5.3 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 0.8 APG, 68.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Thabo Sefolosha (coach’s decision; 1.9 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 0.6 APG, 37.5 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Chris Clemons (G-League; 5.3 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.8 APG, 43.2 FG%, 38.4 3P%)
-William Howard (G-League)
-Jake Layman (toe; 10.5 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 0.8 APG, 46.2 FG%, 35.2 3P%)
-Jordan Bell (coach’s decision; 3.2 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 0.6 APG, 52.6 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-Naz Reid (coach’s decision; 7.8 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 0.9 APG, 39.8 FG%, 30.6 3P%)
-Noah Vonleh (coach’s decision; 4.3 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 0.9 APG, 54.7 FG%, 14.3 3P%)
-Jaylen Nowell (G-League; 4.4 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.9 APG, 35.5 FG%, 11.8 3P%)
-Kelan Martin (G-League; 5.8 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 0.5 APG, 35.8 FG%, 26.3 3P%)
The game would be held close in the first half as the Rockets shot forty-four percent from the field while the Timberwolves shot forty-one percent. Russell Westbrook warmed up with 18 points while dishing off five assists. Clint Capela helped out with 10 points while James Harden was kept to just six points on twenty-five percent shooting. Eric Gordon played the most minutes off the bench as he had 12 points.
As for the home team, Karl-Anthony Towns scored 11 points while grabbing seven rebounds, dishing off one assist, and blocking 2 shots. Robert Covington and Andrew Wiggins combined for 15 points while Josh Okogie earned seven points. Former Orlando Magic guard Shabazz Napier scored six points while recording four rebounds, two assists, and one steal. Jordan McLaughlin played 13 minutes off the bench as he had eight points but it was the Rockets who went into halftime with a 63-60 lead.
Both teams would still play with a competitive spirit in the second half as the Rockets shot sixty-one percent from the field while the Minnesota team shot fifty-eight percent. Westbrook continued to impress as he dropped 27 points, missing only three shots. He also had six rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal while Capela scored 8 points.
James Harden, who is averaging 36 PPG this season, was kept to just six points, earning four of those from the free-throw line. Eric Gordon played the most minutes off the bench as he had 15 more points.
On the other end of the floor, Andrew Wiggins lit the floor up with 21 points while Towns had 19. Allen Crabbe scored five points off the bench but it wasn’t enough as the Rockets handed the Timberwolves their eighth straight loss, 131-124. Russell Westbrook finished the game with a season-high 45 points, along with 6 rebounds, 10 assists, and one steal while Karl-Anthony Towns had 30 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks.
The Houston Rockets will head to Colorado to take on Nikola Jokic (19.4 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 6.4 APG, 50.9 FG%, 32.7 3P%) and the Denver Nuggets (30-14) on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. This will be the third of four times that they see each other this season. The last time they played each other was on December 31 when the Nuggets fell to the Rockets, 130-104. James Harden finished that game with 35 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, one steal, and 2 blocks while Nikola Jokic had 21 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists.
The Minnesota Timberwolves will host Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (19.8 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 3.0 APG, 47.4 FG%, 34.0 3P%) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (26-19) on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. This will mark the third of four times that these two ball clubs will see each other this season. January 13 was the last time they battled as the Timberwolves escaped with a 117-104 victory. During that game, Naz Reid scored 20 points, grabbed one rebound, dished off one assist and blocked one shot while Danilo Gallinari had 30 points, 4 rebounds, one assist, and one steal.