Houston Rockets James Harden Starts Out Slow But Downs the Minnesota Timberwolves

By Dave Daniels
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It’s been a tough year for the Minnesota Timberwolves who are still without their star power forward Kevin Love. The Houston Rockets overcame a very slow start to overcome a 20 point, third quarter deficit.

“They normally just frustrate me. Tonight, they made me mad. They responded, and that’s credit to them,” Rockets coach Kevin McHale said. “They do stuff that makes me just shake my head a lot, then they do stuff like that second half, and all is right in Rockets land.”

Star shooting guard James Harden started slow himself, but eventually finished with 37 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds.

“We came out sluggish, we didn’t have any energy,” Harden said. “That second half it was the total opposite.”

Harden has adapted well to the superstar role and last night played over 42 minutes; Jeremy Lin had a great night as well shooting three of eight from three point land. He also added in eight assists.

The Rockets are trying to hold onto the seven seed in the Western Conference Playoffs and they have been one the most entertaining teams to watch in the league this year. The Timberwolves on the other hand have just been ravaged by injury and we won’t really know what they are capable of until they can get a healthy Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love on the court at the same time. Here’s hoping that day comes sooner rather than later for the Wolves.

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