Final Score: Houston 107, Minnesota 89
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Dwight Howard had 18 points and 15
rebounds and the Houston Rockets pulled away from the Minnesota Timberwolves,
107-89, on Monday night.
Chandler Parsons tallied 20 points and six assists, while James Harden added
19 points for Houston, which has won a season-high six straight games.
"We didn't try to rush shots and rush down the floor and take bad shots. We
took our time, shared the ball and got good shots," Howard said.
Minnesota was still without two of its starters, guard Kevin Martin (thumb)
and center Nikola Pekovic (ankle), but did get All-Star Kevin Love back. He
missed two of his team's last three games due to seperate injuries. He sat out
last Wednesday's loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder due to a stiff neck, and
couldn't go during Saturday's loss to the Portland Trail Blazers because of a
bruised left quadriceps.
Love had 31 points and 10 boards for the Wolves, who have dropped four
Minnesota head coach Rick Adelman missed Monday's game for personal reasons.
Terry Porter filled in for him, as he did during Adelman's 11-game absence in
January of 2013, reportedly for spending time with his ailing wife.
"Unfortunately for us, we couldn't make shots," Porter said. "Guys that
normally make shots struggled."
After Howard's bank shot staked Houston to an 81-66 lead a little past the
midway point of the third, the Wolves countered with a 12-1 run to close the
frame to get back in it.
Love had six points during the surge, including a bank shot to cap it and
whittle the deficit to 82-78 after three.
The Rockets, though, netted the first 11 points of the fourth to regain
Parsons' dunk gave Houston a 93-78 cushion with 6:24 to go and the Rockets
cruised to an easy win from there.
Earlier, Houston led 34-28 after a quarter of play and 67-58 at the break.
Houston scored 20 points off 17 Minnesota turnovers ... Chase Budinger had 15
points and seven rebounds for the Wolves against his former team ... Minnesota
shot just 35.6 percent (31-of-87).
02/11 00:13:40 ET
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