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.

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets are switching everything defensively now. That usually ends with a center posting up Harden, but that beats the 1st quarter drives.

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets take their first lead, 47-46, after a Parsons steal and a long behind-back pass from Jones to Parsons on a break.

Jason Friedman

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.

David Hardisty

Rockets within 47-46. James Harden now at 14 points, 6 assists, including this alley-oop feed to Terrence Jones. youtube.com/watch?v=6aFXDb…

Jason Friedman

So despite Brewer's 20 points, and early 15-pt deficit and Minnesota's fast break barrage, the Rockets now lead 47-46.

Jonathan Feigen

As mentioned in the story this a.m., Rockets defense was ranked 9th before Beverley, Howard injuries; 23rd over 1st 7 games they missed.

Jonathan Feigen

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.

Jonathan Feigen

Story this a.m. on falloff of Rockets D: Rockets' defense missing in action as playoffs approach houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets…

David Hardisty

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.

Jonathan Feigen

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.

Jason Friedman

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.

Jonathan Feigen

Lin back in on Rubio. Two plays. Rubio sets up a dunk finishes a layup.

Jason Friedman

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.

Jason Friedman

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?

Jonathan Feigen

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.

Jason Friedman

Corey Brewer is having an out of body experience. He's 6-7 from field, has 13 points in little more than 7 mins. @talkhoops is in ecstasy.

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets are not playing even a hint of defense. Either that or Corey Brewer is actually Michael Jordan, circa 1989.

Jonathan Feigen

Wolves with 10 fast break points in 6 1/2 minutes. When McHale spoke this morning about need for practice, cited transition defense.

Jason Friedman

So about that Wolves' offense sans Love: No such issues early on as Rubio having his way both via penetration & triggering fast break.

Jonathan Feigen

Rubio tearing through Lin, Rockets defense. Rockets try Canaan, who immediately fouls Rubio on a jumper.

David Hardisty

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."

Jonathan Feigen

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.

Jason Friedman

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.

Jason Friedman

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

Jonathan Feigen

Dante Cunningham starting at PF with Love out. Missing starters tonight -- Love, KMartin, Pekovic, Dwight Howard, Pat Beverley. Not a bad 5.

Jonathan Feigen

Timberwolves just announced Kevin Love is out tonight. Guess that really was a game-time decision.

Jonathan Feigen

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.

Jonathan Feigen

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.

Jonathan Feigen

With time running out in regular season, Howard, Beverley out for 8th consecutive game: blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

Robert Covington

GAMEDAY!!! Let's go and get this W tonight #RedNation

Jason Friedman

Scene-setting for HOU-MIN, featuring teams w/ lots of similarities though headed in two totally different directions: nba.com/rockets/news/p…

Jonathan Feigen

McHale said Beverley and Howard are out tonight. Unsure about tomorrow.

Jason Friedman

McHale says Beverley and Howard will not play tonight. Unsure about their status for tomorrow night.

Howard Chen

So apparently I missed #NationalSiblingDay. That's fitting cuz I miss bearhugging the snot outta my sis! Heh http://t.co/YS5FEOzDp6

Jason Friedman

Placing formal request now for @Kevin Pelton to take @ca_rockets and me back to that place with the amazing fried chicken. Dinner's on me.

Donatas Motiejunas

Me and my boy ! Smile !;-) http://t.co/lRg3Q5LBxu

Howard Chen

Ridge Point DB Jordan Tolbert @JayTee_Life decommits from UH, been rackin up offers. #Hookem, #Sicem, #ArizonaSt, etc. #GoCoogs still option

Terrence Jones

"And my ex aint never know why thats 2 different axis....I just PRAY I be tha man that GOT IT not the… instagram.com/p/moS4wIm3j2/

Dwight Howard

"Vote Simon for your 2014-2015 Senior President!!!! Huahhhhh!!!!!" Simon lives in Orlando and if u go to his school vote for my boy.

James Harden

Late Post. With the homies @terrencejones1 & @tydollasign ! instagram.com/p/moAYSgNlWL/

Chandler Parsons

Gonna miss my bro @Greg Smith. Stay on the grind!!

Daryl Morey

Welcome to the Rockets Dexter Pittman! We are loading up on Longhorns @Jordan Hamilton

Daryl Morey

Very tough to part ways with @Greg Smith - great person & great Rocket - it won't be long before he is helping a team win again

Jonathan Feigen

Once again, for those asking again, Dexter Pittlman is eligible for Rockets playoff roster. Based on when a free agent, not when signed.

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets to sign Dexter Pittman, waive Greg Smith: blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

Jonathan Feigen

Pittman was averaging 11.3 points and 6.8 rebounds for the Austin Toros. He will be eligible for the Rockets' playoff roster.

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets signing Pittman for rest of this season and next with next season non-guaranteed, source said.

Jonathan Feigen

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.

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets will sign Dexter Pittman, per source. Will waive Greg Smith.

Howard Chen

Just imagine what it was like when NBA on NBC ended, except a million times more embedded in Canadian culture. #HockeyNightinCanada

Howard Chen

End of HNIC feels WEIRD MT @Kate_Barron: CBC to cut 657 positions after loss of Hockey Night in Canada o.canada.com/business/cbc-c…

Chandler Parsons

Pool work out. @jlin7 @Patrick Beverley dwighthoward da_future3 jordanhamilton1 & DMO #nodaysoff instagram.com/p/mndsjensW6/

Jonathan Feigen

Portland remaining games against Warriors, Clippers, Jazz. Rockets have Minn., New Orleans (twice) and Spurs.

Jonathan Feigen

McCallum jumper no good. Portland holds on, moves to 51-28, a game-and-a-half behind Rockets for fourth. Rockets with tie-breaker.

Jonathan Feigen

Down two Blazers go to -- Dorell Wright!? Hits a corner 3. Portland up 1, 7.6 left.

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets clinch home court advantage against Portland with any two wins or Blazers losses. Blazers, Kings tied with 42.3 left.

Jonathan Feigen

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."

Jonathan Feigen

Denver holds on 123-116. Rockets have given up an average of 126 the past three games vs. depleted Nuggets, Lakers.

David Hardisty

FINAL: Nuggets 123, Rockets 116. Poor defensive effort for Houston, but rally late by former @RGVVipers was fun.

David Hardisty

Jordan Hamilton was not a Viper, thus did not have permission to shoot that three. That was a terrific comeback run though.

Jonathan Feigen

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.

Jason Friedman

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.