David Hardisty

Beverley on @Jeremy Lin: "That's my dude. Everybody knows I love Jeremy like a brother... I'm one of JLin's biggest fans." bit.ly/1lVp8SV

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets took 39 fts, as NO coach Monty Williams quickly noted. Rockets average 31.2 FTA, most in league since 05-06 Knicks averaged 31.5.

Jonathan Feigen

One more from Howard on 1st game back after 2 wks: "In the 1st quarter, I needed an oxygen mask. I kept playing and tried to get in rhythm."

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets 53 wins tied for fifth most in franchise history. If win both remaining games would tie for third most.

Jonathan Feigen

Dwight Howard: "I felt really good. I just have to get the timing back. No worries there. My ankle felt really good. That's a good thing."

Jonathan Feigen

Beverley: "Everything's good. Everything's perfect. Iced. I'm just so happy we won."

Jonathan Feigen

Beverley said he was fine after the game. No concerns with knee or bump in final minute with Morrow, but was hesitant early. "It felt good."

Jonathan Feigen

Pat Beverley: "We understood that we were going to come out a little rusty, which we did. We got our groove back in the second half."

David Hardisty

McHale said Beverley limping at the end was not because of his knee, thought he just tweaked his hip.

Jonathan Feigen

Then again, Beverley thought he would be OK after he hurt the knee. He leaves with 20p, matching his career high in first game back.

David Hardisty

Tonight @Patrick Beverley matched his career-high w/ 20 pts... in his first game back from a meniscus tear he suffered *two weeks* ago. #Wolverine

Jonathan Feigen

Guessing Beverley is OK. He stuck around for a postgame on-court interview.

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets one win or Blazers loss from clinching homecourt advantage in first round. Play Spurs Monday, at Pels on Wednesday.

David Hardisty

FINAL: Rockets 111, Pelicans 104. Effort huge concern, but Rox went 3P-crazy in 4th to pull off comeback. Harden 33-13a, Bev 20p, Lin 18p.

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets 111, Pels 104. In Rockets past 2 home wins, came back from 14 down against some of Nuggets, 15 down against a few of the Pelicans.

Jonathan Feigen

Beverley, holding his right knee, asks out.Definitely favoring it on way to bench.

David Hardisty

Lin stole the ball, Harden knocks down a pair of free throws and this one should be in Houston's control. 109-104, 25.2 left.

Jonathan Feigen

Lin steal, his fourth. Harden can seal it from the line.

Jonathan Feigen

Lin drive, Rockets up three, 33 seconds left. Lin with 16p is 6 of 8.

David Hardisty

Jeremy Lin breaks free on a drive and banks it in. Rockets up three, 33 ticks left. Big comeback.

Jonathan Feigen

Harden, btw, has his fourth 30-10 game in past five and a career-high matching 13 assists, fwiw.

Jonathan Feigen

Another video review after Babbitt miss. Was ruled off Ajinca. This one should take less time than the TNT timeout length last time.

David Hardisty

James Harden gives the Rockets the lead, then forces Babbitt into a miss on a drive. 105-104 Rockets, 46.1 sec left.

Jonathan Feigen

Call upheld. Harden goes coast-to-coast for layup, lead with 1:03 left.

Jonathan Feigen

Long video review with 1:09 left, Rockets down 1. Was ruled Rockets ball, off Aminu on the floor.Tough call. Big call.

Jonathan Feigen

Man, if the Rockets face the Pelicans in the first round, it could be a great series.

David Hardisty

Suddenly the Toyota Center is alive. Crowd is fully engaged now.

Jonathan Feigen

Beverley back-to-back corner 3s and Rockets within 1 with 1:36 left. If Rockets can find a way to defend Babbitt, Rivers, might steal win.

David Hardisty

Beverley for three ... TWICE! Last chance for Rockets. 104-103 Pelicans, 1:36 left.

Jonathan Feigen

I know Rockets playing 4th in 5 and Howard, Beverley have not played in 2 weeks. But Pels without top 7 !! scorers, also played last night.

Jonathan Feigen

Career high du jour: Luke Babbitt with 19.

David Hardisty

Troy Daniels for three! Rockets have closed to within 95-92, 5:35 left.

Jonathan Feigen

Kind of says a lot about confidence McHale has in Hamilton, Casspi at this point. Going w Troy Daniels in 4th quarter of his 2nd game today.

David Hardisty

Harden and Beverley with back-to-back threes, Rockets within 90-84, 7:55 left. Pelicans going right at Lin last three possessions.

Jonathan Feigen

For 2nd night in a row, Harden matching up defensively at PF. Desperate Rockets going with Beverley, Lin, Daniels, Harden, Howard.

Jonathan Feigen

Fourth quarter begins with Howard, Harden missing at the rim, Howard missing 2 fts. But help is on the way. Troy Daniels checking back in

Jonathan Feigen

Pelicans (well, some of them) 82, Rockets 72 after 3. For tonight's career-high watch, Luke Babbitt has 17, one shy of his career best.

David Hardisty

82-72 New Orleans heading to the fourth. Seriously. Rockets just 4-16 from three-point range. In desperate need of a spark.

Jonathan Feigen

I stand corrected. Hamilton was coming in, but McHale decided to go to the D-League well. Troy Daniels in, playing in second game of the day

Jonathan Feigen

Hamilton checking back in for Casspi. After that, well, there are some Vipers in town.

Jonathan Feigen

Casspi came up empty on a break to fall to 0 for 4. Someone named James Southerland hit a 3. Pelicans back up 10.

David Hardisty

Jeremy Lin may be a -12 tonight, but he he hasn't missed a shot yet -- he's 4-4 from the field, his last one a three. Rockets within 73-66.

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets cut the lead to single digits. A stirring comeback against Babbit, Ajinca and Co. (Unbelievable it's come to this.)

Jonathan Feigen

Pels 59, Rox 46 at half. NO 6 of 12 on 3s; Houston 2 of 12. Pels with just 3 tos. Harden with 12p, 7 a. Howard 10p, just 1r. Asik 9p, 8r.

David Hardisty

McHale might need to deliver halftime speech wearing a hockey mask & holding a chainsaw. Rockets down 59-46 at half to weak Pelicans squad.

Jonathan Feigen

With three minutes left in half, the players usually at end of Pels bench hitting 50 %, lead Rockets 53-41. Bring on the Spurs!

Jonathan Feigen

As important as getting Beverley, Howard back and up to speed is, and for Parsons to get night off, a win might be useful. Rockets down 12.

David Hardisty

Playing the role of Gorgui Dieng is Alexis Ajinca. Career-highs are 19 pts, 3 blocks. He has 13 & 2, 3:00 left 1st half. Rockets down 53-41.

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets up 22-20 after 1. Would think we'll see return of Beverley, Lin backcourt to start second quarter. Rockets ought to open it up here.

David Hardisty

Rockets up 22-20 after one. Harden with all Houston's assists (6). Asik is actually leading the team in scoring (8 points) and rebounds (6).

Jonathan Feigen

Harden 1 of 4, but w all 6 Rockets assists (and slick pass to Asik to draw foul with.6 left in q). Asik, Lin looked good in 7 min off bench.

David Hardisty

James Harden having another high-assist first quarter. He's got 5 dimes, but Rockets-Pelicans tied at 16 w/ 2:31 left 1Q.

Jonathan Feigen

Pels' second- and third-teamers shooting 50 percent through eight minutes. Seems like I've typed versions of that a lot lately.

Jonathan Feigen

Lin in for Beverley after 5 1/2 minutes. Immediately beats Rivers off the dribble.

Jonathan Feigen

Asik checking in for Howard after just five minutes. Rockets likely limiting Howard's minutes, but he looked OK.

Jonathan Feigen

Howard, Beverley moving well in first game back, but there might be some signs of rust, too. Both missed bunnies early.

Jonathan Feigen

With Casspi starting with Parsons, Garcia out, Rockets move on to lineup No. 15 of the season. Beverley, Howard back in starting lineup.

Jonathan Feigen

If nothing else, Rockets made tonight interesting with Howard, Beverley back, Parsons, Garcia out and Harden singing in the locker room.

David Hardisty

Dwight, Beverley both starting tonight. Beverley appears in great spirits, looks good warming up. instagram.com/p/mtMZg6ITdy/

Troy Daniels

Good morning tweets.. Good day to win a ball game .. Wouldn't you say..

Robert Covington

Private jet life with my bro mrsuperstar_30 for this playoff game tomorrow instagram.com/p/mrUetzxMOa/

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets need any combination of 2 wins or Portland losses to clinch HCA. Play Pels twice, Spurs at home; Blazers home for Warriors, Clips.

Jonathan Feigen

Of Brewer's 19 fgs, 16 were layups or dunks. Rockets allowed 39 FB pts for 2nd time in three games, 12 more than in any previous game.

Jonathan Feigen

Brewer career highs for pts, fga, fgs, fta, fts and steals. Adelman: "Way up there, I tell ya. I don't think they knew what to do with him."

Jonathan Feigen

Brewer also had a career-high six steals. Only Brewer, Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson and Rick Barry had 50 with six steals in a game.

Jonathan Feigen

Corey Brewer's shot chart looks like someone spilled an ink well around the basket. Cisco Garcia: "He took all layups. It's frustrating."

David Hardisty

Since Beverley & Howard went out, Rockets have given up 115.9 points per game over 8 games. They can't get Bev back soon enough.

Jonathan Feigen

Dieng jumper with 4.6 left wins it. Wolves 112, Rockets 110. Brewer with 51. Harden with 33, 10a, 8r. Parsons w 27. Rockets 22 turnovers.

Jason Friedman

After Harden 3, Rubio finds Dieng for a bucket. Harden can't conjure another miracle this time. Wolves get well-deserved win 112-110.

David Hardisty

FINAL: TWolves 112, Rockets 110. Harden 33p-9a-8r-6stl, Parsons 27p, but Corey Brewer's insane night (51p), Rocket turnovers (22) too much.

David Hardisty

James Harden. Who else.

Jonathan Feigen

Harden ties it with a 3.

David Hardisty

Parsons with a quick slam out of the timeout, giving him 27, but Rubio makes two free throws and it's 110-107 MIN, 19.9 sec left.

Jason Friedman

Last timeout for HOU as Rubio nets 2-2 this time. 110-107 Wolves, 19.9 to go. Still enough time to get another quick 2, though.

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets take the quick 2, a Parsons dunk. Rubio back to line with a 1-point lead, 19.9 left. Hits both.

Jonathan Feigen

Rubio hits 1 of 2 fts. Rockets TO down 3 with 23.8 left. Brewer pass to Dieng for 4-pt lead was his 1st assist, showing he did everything.

Jason Friedman

Harden has 30/8/9 (and 6 steals, 5 turnovers). Highly doubtful that will be his final line. He's been larcenous in these situations lately.

David Hardisty

Rubio makes 1-2 free throws. Last good chance for Rockets, down 108-105 w/ 23.8 seconds left.

Jason Friedman

So after 51 points (tying franchise record), Brewer gets first assist on dish to Dieng for long 2. Rockets down 2, 23.8 to go. Been here b4.

Jonathan Feigen

Parsons stripped Brewer on a drive, but then charged into Rubio. Wolves up two, 1 min left before Brewer can send his shoes to Springfield.

Jason Friedman

For all of their fourth quarter foibles, Wolves are 4-0 in games decided by 5 points or fewer since March 1.

Jonathan Feigen

Asik fouls Brewer shooting a jumper. Place goes nuts when he hits his free throws for 51, matching franchise record for any game.

Jason Friedman

Harden with slick split of the double-team, dishes to Lin for 3. Then Parsons steal and dunk. We're tied at 103 with 1:44 to go.

Jonathan Feigen

Lin 3, Parsons steal and dunk and this thing is tied with two minutes left. Crazy game.

Jonathan Feigen

Now that he is up to 49, Brewer has most points scored in regulation in Wolves history. Franchise record is 51 by Love in double OT.

David Hardisty

Corey Brewer has played seven seasons in the NBA and he is nine points away from *doubling* his career-high. 49 points.

Jonathan Feigen

Corey Brewer with more points (47) than any Wolves player has scored this season or any player has scored vs. Houston.

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets down 3 as Harden picks up his fifth foul with four minutes left.

Jason Friedman

And that number is about to be 34. Worth nothing that 4Q closeouts have not exactly been a strong suit for MIN this season.

Jason Friedman

T-Wolves foul less than any other team in NBA. Rockets had averaged around 18 FTs/game vs MIN this year. They've got 32 FTs tonight.

Jonathan Feigen

A few fans start the MVP chant with Brewer at the line.

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets gave up 39 fast break points in LA to start the trip. Wolves up to 36 on break with 6:24 left to end it.

Jonathan Feigen

Brewer heading to line with 44. Most against Rockets this season Carmelo's 45. Most for Wolves Love's 45.

Jason Friedman

Rockets' strategy: Make Corey Brewer think he's MJ so he'll take heat checks throughout the 4Q. Sneaky.

Jonathan Feigen

Corey Brewer fails to get the superstar call. Adelman can't believe it. That's Corey Brewer.

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets fail to get the rebound of a missed free throw. Brewer layup. Followed by a Brewer layup. He has 44. Wolves up 3.

Jason Friedman

Corey Brewer have it all. And then some.

David Hardisty

Corey Brewer, 44 points... and there's 8:40 left in the game. 90-87 TWolves.