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Brewer heading to line with 44. Most against Rockets this season Carmelo's 45. Most for Wolves Love's 45.
Rockets' strategy: Make Corey Brewer think he's MJ so he'll take heat checks throughout the 4Q. Sneaky.
Corey Brewer fails to get the superstar call. Adelman can't believe it. That's Corey Brewer.
Rockets fail to get the rebound of a missed free throw. Brewer layup. Followed by a Brewer layup. He has 44. Wolves up 3.
Corey Brewer have it all. And then some.
Corey Brewer, 44 points... and there's 8:40 left in the game. 90-87 TWolves.
Season high vs. Rockets is Carmelo's 45. Corey Brewer (?!) has 36 after 3.
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.
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.
What a three by Harden just before the third quarter horn! Rockets up 84-82 heading to the fourth.
Parsons looks like will be OK, but definitely needed time while officials reviewed video. Brewer offered a few words. Flagrant overturned.
Chandler Parsons went down very hard on a dunk attempt. Could hear the crash on the floor. He's shaken up. Brewer flagrant.
If you're into bricks, air balls and turnovers, this third quarter is a basketball Mona Lisa.
Rockets go three-consecutive possessions without a turnover. Game is halted to mark the occasion.
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.
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).
Jeremy Lin has five turnovers in just 17 minutes tonight, including three this quarter. He checks out, Rockets down 70-68.
Rockets go back to the no point guard lineup. Lin sits 2 of 6 with five turnovers in 17 mins. Rubio on Parsons.
Wolves play elevator music during the delay. Cop dancing to it looks like Steve Martin in the beginning of "The Jerk.'
Rockets with five empty possessions to start second half. Have yet to get a good look.
Guy standing on tower of stacked chairs at halftime. Pretty amazing, but I'm more stunned that he left house in that spandex jumpsuit.
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.
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.
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.
Deja vu. Corey Brewer has done this before.
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.
Apparently Olandis Poole came to Minneapolis for the weather. Forte, Stafford having to make some long-distance calls. Many going uncalled.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rockets goofy lineup shored things up a bit on defense, but after 3 poor, sloppy offensive possessions, Lin back at point, Jones inside.
Rockets are switching everything defensively now. That usually ends with a center posting up Harden, but that beats the 1st quarter drives.
Rockets take their first lead, 47-46, after a Parsons steal and a long behind-back pass from Jones to Parsons on a break.
J.J. Barea, as has often been the case this season when these 2 teams have met, continues to be a talisman of good fortune for Houston.
So despite Brewer's 20 points, and early 15-pt deficit and Minnesota's fast break barrage, the Rockets now lead 47-46.
As mentioned in the story this a.m., Rockets defense was ranked 9th before Beverley, Howard injuries; 23rd over 1st 7 games they missed.
Brewer steals a Lin pass and picks up Asik's third foul. Brewer up to 20 points. Asik asks to stay in game, but doesn't. Harden in for Lin.
It's a Denver game re-print. TWolves jumped all over Rockets early, but a Jeremy LIn three at buzzer makes it 39-32 MIN after one.
Lin banks in a trey at the buzzer, cuts Wolves lead to 39-32 after 1. Brewer with 16, Rubio 9p, 6 assists. Harden with 12, 6 assists.
J-Lin with a rainbow 3 to cut HOU deficit to 7 at end of 1Q. Wolves rack up 39 points -- 24 came in paint, 15 via fast break. Harden 12 & 6.
Lin back in on Rubio. Two plays. Rubio sets up a dunk finishes a layup.
Also: been hammering home the importance of Asik last few weeks. With him in foul trouble, it's been green light to the hoop for Wolves.
So apparently removing two of the league's top defenders at their respective positions has an adverse affect on a team's defense. Who knew?
With playoffs little more than a week away, Rockets now counting on 2 guys that have been out for 8 games to revive their fractured defense.
Rockets are not playing even a hint of defense. Either that or Corey Brewer is actually Michael Jordan, circa 1989.
Wolves with 10 fast break points in 6 1/2 minutes. When McHale spoke this morning about need for practice, cited transition defense.
So about that Wolves' offense sans Love: No such issues early on as Rubio having his way both via penetration & triggering fast break.
Rubio tearing through Lin, Rockets defense. Rockets try Canaan, who immediately fouls Rubio on a jumper.
Bill Worrell upset with Houston's defense, saying it's "as bad of defense over the last 5 games of any Rockets team I've ever covered."
Brewer zips past Lin to a loose ball. Play ends with Asik picking up his 2nd foul. McHale, having seen enough of that this week, get a TO.
Two fouls on Asik less than 4 mins into the game. He's avoided foul trouble since stepping into starting role in D12's absence. Not tonight.
With Love out, seems good time to remind that Wolves' o-rating with him is 108.7, without 97.3. Difference between scoring like HOU & Philly
Dante Cunningham starting at PF with Love out. Missing starters tonight -- Love, KMartin, Pekovic, Dwight Howard, Pat Beverley. Not a bad 5.
Timberwolves just announced Kevin Love is out tonight. Guess that really was a game-time decision.
Beverley did not say when he would be back, saying he has not yet been told. Would not be surprised if he and Dwight Howard return tmrw.
Out for an 8th-consecutive game tonight, Pat Beverley said he's not 100 percent, but ready to play to be ready for playoffs in 8 of 9 days.
McHale said Beverley and Howard are out tonight. Unsure about tomorrow.
McHale says Beverley and Howard will not play tonight. Unsure about their status for tomorrow night.
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Once again, for those asking again, Dexter Pittlman is eligible for Rockets playoff roster. Based on when a free agent, not when signed.
Pittman was averaging 11.3 points and 6.8 rebounds for the Austin Toros. He will be eligible for the Rockets' playoff roster.
Rockets signing Pittman for rest of this season and next with next season non-guaranteed, source said.
Smith has been unable to come back from knee injury, has missed most of the seaaon. He was not with the Rockets on the road trip.
Rockets will sign Dexter Pittman, per source. Will waive Greg Smith.
Portland remaining games against Warriors, Clippers, Jazz. Rockets have Minn., New Orleans (twice) and Spurs.
McCallum jumper no good. Portland holds on, moves to 51-28, a game-and-a-half behind Rockets for fourth. Rockets with tie-breaker.
Down two Blazers go to -- Dorell Wright!? Hits a corner 3. Portland up 1, 7.6 left.
Rockets clinch home court advantage against Portland with any two wins or Blazers losses. Blazers, Kings tied with 42.3 left.
Jeremy Lin on back-to-back: "It would be nice if I could sit here and say ‘Oh we were tired,” but they did the same thing to us in Houston."
Denver holds on 123-116. Rockets have given up an average of 126 the past three games vs. depleted Nuggets, Lakers.
Jordan Hamilton was not a Viper, thus did not have permission to shoot that three. That was a terrific comeback run though.
WIth Rockets within 4, Foye tosses in runner off top of backboard. Fournier follows with a 3. That ought to do it. Denver up 9, 1:11 left.
This is deja vu. At almost exact same place on floor, Rockets get steal at halfcourt that turns into quick two. 4-point game. 2 mins left.