NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, March 1st (All times eastern)
Houston Rockets (37-22) at Minnesota Timberwolves (18-40), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Houston Rockets hope to bounce back from a tough loss in Chicago when they face off with the Minnesota Timberwolves in the finale of a quick two-day tour through the midwest tonight.
Star rookie Derrick Rose scored 22 points and had a hand in Chicago's 17-point fourth-quarter rally, as the Bulls snapped the Rockets' season-high six-game win streak with a 105-102 victory at the United Center on Saturday.
Ron Artest poured in 32 points, including a 6-of-12 showing from behind the arc, for the Rockets, who had beaten the Bulls six straight times. Yao Ming had 17 points, seven boards and three blocks in the setback while Luis Scola ended with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Von Wafer and Kyle Lowry scored 11 and 10, respectively, for Houston, which fell to 6-1 without guard Tracy McGrady.
McGrady is out for the season after having microfracture knee surgery.
The Wolves, who are in the midst of a four-game homestand, fell to 0-2 on the residency when Brandon Roy scored 19 points and Rudy Fernandez provided a spark off the bench with 18 points as the Portland Trail Blazers downed a slumping Timberwolves squad, 102-82, at the Target Center on Friday.
Mike Miller and Craig Smith led the T'Wolves with 16 points apiece in an extension of the club's losing streak to five consecutive games. Minnesota lost to Portland for a seventh straight time and has dropped the last four at home in the series. It was the team's 10th defeat in its last 11 games and put them at a forgettable 8-21 at the Target Center this season.
Bobby Brown chipped in 15 points off the bench.
Minnesota will close out the homestand against Golden State on March 3.
The Rockets, who are now 13-16 on the road, have beaten the Wolves six straight times, including a 109-102 win earlier this season in the Twin Cities.
03/01 10:34:48 ET