Saturday night at Toyota Center, the Rockets drained 22 three-pointers and beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 142-130.
The 22 makes give the Rockets back-to-back 20 three-point games and it’s the eight time they’ve hit that mark this season, after doing it twice in franchise history before it started. They attempted 58 shots from behind the 3-point arc.
Houston never trailed in the game, going on a 12-2 run after Karl Anthony Towns’ hook shot tied the game at two. The Rockets led by as many as 13 in the first quarter, but the Wolves closed to within seven.
The Rockets scored the first four points of the second quarter to take a 39-28 lead, but Minnesota answered by scoring on six straight possessions, cutting the Rockets lead to 41-40, but the Rockets answered in a big way.
Sam Dekker knocked down a three, and after Brandon Rush missed one for Minnesota, Eric Gordon drilled one. Following a turnover, Lou Williams canned another, and just like that, the lead was back to 10. They led by as many as 17 in the quarter, but the Wolves closed the half on a 15-6 run to get within 8, and after the break, they got even closer.
Clint Capela’s alleyoop finish from James Harden is how the half started, but the Wolves scored the next seven points to make it a one-possession game, but that was the closest Minneosta would get. The Rockets scored 40 points in the quarter and led by 18 going into the fourth, where Minnesota pulled to within eight, but never closer.
The win improves the Rockets to 42-18 on the season, and eclipses their win total from last season.
Eight Rockets scored in double-figures, led by Harden, who didn’t shoot it well in the first half, but hit 5-of-6 field goals in the second half after a 1-of-9 first half. He finished with 24 points and 10 assists.
In his Rockets’ home debut, Williams scored 17 points off the bench. Ryan Anderson (18), Clint Capela (16), Trevor Ariza (15), Patrick Beverley (15), Eric Gordon (14), and Nene (11) were the other Rockets to hit the 10-point mark.
Despite 30-point nights from Karl Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, the Wolves fall to 23-36. Towns scored 37 and grabbed a career-high 22 rebounds.
Minnesota out-rebounded the Rockets 58-31, coming away with 21 offensive boards.