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.

Jonathan Feigen

Season high vs. Rockets is Carmelo's 45. Corey Brewer (?!) has 36 after 3.

Jason Friedman

So much ugliness, but a Harden buzzer-beater puts HOU up 84-82 heading to 4Q. 23/7/8 for JH. Imperative Rox beat up MIN bench to start 4Q.

Jonathan Feigen

Harden with off-balance 28-footer with .1 left. Hou 84, Minn 82 after 3. Harden 2 assists, 3 rebs from triple double. He and Parsons w 23.

David Hardisty

What a three by Harden just before the third quarter horn! Rockets up 84-82 heading to the fourth.

Jonathan Feigen

Parsons looks like will be OK, but definitely needed time while officials reviewed video. Brewer offered a few words. Flagrant overturned.

Jonathan Feigen

Chandler Parsons went down very hard on a dunk attempt. Could hear the crash on the floor. He's shaken up. Brewer flagrant.

Jason Friedman

If you're into bricks, air balls and turnovers, this third quarter is a basketball Mona Lisa.

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets go three-consecutive possessions without a turnover. Game is halted to mark the occasion.

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets up to 17 tos, 7 in 6 2nd half mins. Brewer turns his 6th steal into another layup, has a career-high 30. Wolves with 24 pts off tos.

Jason Friedman

HOU w/ 7 TOs so far in 3Q (only halfway through). MIN with 24 pts off those TOs, 30 fast break points and Brewer now has career high (30).

David Hardisty

Jeremy Lin has five turnovers in just 17 minutes tonight, including three this quarter. He checks out, Rockets down 70-68.

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets go back to the no point guard lineup. Lin sits 2 of 6 with five turnovers in 17 mins. Rubio on Parsons.

Jonathan Feigen

Wolves play elevator music during the delay. Cop dancing to it looks like Steve Martin in the beginning of "The Jerk.'

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets with five empty possessions to start second half. Have yet to get a good look.

Jonathan Feigen

Guy standing on tower of stacked chairs at halftime. Pretty amazing, but I'm more stunned that he left house in that spandex jumpsuit.

David Hardisty

On that Corey Brewer halfcourt bomb at buzzer -- here's the one he hit against the Rockets four years ago. youtube.com/watch?v=3qW10j…

David Hardisty

HALF: Rockets 63, TWolves 59. Rockets wake up in 2Q. Parsons has 18p, Harden 15p-7a. Those two and JLin a combined 8-10 from three.

Jason Friedman

Parsons 7-9 from field, 4-5 from deep. Brewer, meanwhile, just 3 points shy of career-high. He's got 26 after half-court bomb beats buzzer.

Jonathan Feigen

Corey Brewer banks in 47-footer at buzzer. Rockets 63, Wolves 59 at half. Rockets 25-3 when scoring 60 in the first half. Brewer with 26.

David Hardisty

Deja vu. Corey Brewer has done this before.

Jason Friedman

Rockets' roller coaster now pointing up. Parsons has caught fire. T-Jones throwing block party. Once down 15, HOU heads to half up 63-59.

Jonathan Feigen

Apparently Olandis Poole came to Minneapolis for the weather. Forte, Stafford having to make some long-distance calls. Many going uncalled.

David Hardisty

What a difference some defense makes. Rockets gave up 39 points in the first quarter, just 15 in the second. 60-54 Rockets, 34.1 sec 2Q.

Jonathan Feigen

Chandler Parsons has struggled with his 3-ball for weeks, but 3 of 4 on 3s in first half, has 15 on 6 of 8 shooting.

Jason Friedman

Those seven 3s also give HOU 51 for season vs T-Wolves. Franchise record for made 3s vs one team is 57. League record is 59. Both in play.

David Hardisty

The perfect behind-the-back pass by @Terrence Jones to @Chandler Parsons in stride. bit.ly/1sOF3qi

Jason Friedman

Mentioned in preview: HOU shooting nearly 46% from 3 this season vs MIN. 7-13 (53.8%) tonight, w/ latest a Lin 3 to give HOU 55-52 lead.

Jonathan Feigen

He's actually had good second stints lately. MT @jsho12: @Jonathan Feigen Lin looks like running on fumes? Any chance they just rest him?

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets goofy lineup shored things up a bit on defense, but after 3 poor, sloppy offensive possessions, Lin back at point, Jones inside.