NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, November 15th (All times eastern)
Houston Rockets (2-4) at Minnesota Timberwolves (3-3), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Minnesota Timberwolves try to get back on the winning track tonight, as they open a three-game homestand against the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center.
The Timberwolves had a two-game winning streak halted on Sunday. Marcus Camby scored 18 points and grabbed 22 rebounds as the Denver Nuggets led almost the entire way in defeating Minnesota, 102-91, at the Pepsi Center.
Wally Szczerbiak led the Timberwolves with 20 points in the loss to the Nuggets, while All-Star Kevin Garnett scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Rookie Rashad McCants scored a career-high 14 points off the bench for Minnesota, but was ejected from the contest for taunting after a slam dunk in the fourth quarter.
Minnesota, which will also host the Washington Wizards and Charlotte Bobcats on the current stand, are a perfect 3-0 as the host this season. The Timberwolves have defeated the Blazers, Lakers and Clippers at home.
Houston continues its five-game road trip tonight. The Rockets are 1-2 on their current swing.
The Rockets have lost four of their last five games. Raef LaFrentz tied his career-high with 32 points, including 7-of-9 from three-point range, as the Boston Celtics crushed the Houston Rockets, 102-82, on Sunday at the TD Banknorth Garden.
Stromile Swift led the Rockets in the loss to Boston with 17 points off the bench, while Tracy McGrady, in his second game back after missing three games with back spasms, added 14 points in defeat. All-Star center Yao Ming finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Houston, and David Wesley scored 10 off the bench.
Houston is 1-2 on the road this season. The Rockets are scheduled to wrap up their road trip on Thursday against the world champion San Antonio Spurs at the SBC Center.
The road team has won four of the last five contests in this series. Houston has lost four of six and five of its last eight at Minnesota.
11/15 10:32:07 ET