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Sixers, worst rated offensive team in NBA, shoot 60 % on Rockets, top-rated defensive team, lead 28-19 after 1. Rockets 2 of 11 on 3s.
End of the 1st - Philadelphia leads Houston 28-19. This is a different first half than that one last night...
Harden is coming back in. Maybe a false alarm...
Harden checking back in for final 6.3 seconds of the quarter. I guess he's OK.
Harden returns to Rockets bench.
Alone on a breakaway, Francisco Garcia loses ball on way to dunk. Sixers up 13, the largest lead against Rockets this season.
Harden to the locker room… looked like he was in pain.
Harden checks out in obvious pain, heads to locker room with a trainer.
Only the Warriors, in the Rockets' lone loss, had a larger lead this season vs. Rockets than Sixers' 7-point lead.
With Sixers up to 20 in 7 minutes, keep in mind Rockets lead NBA in opposing fg %, opposing 3-pt %, defensive rating. Philly 10 of 16.
On video of Dwight's post-game comments on Wed, they cut out part said, "I wish we could play every game in Mexico." Always a crowd pleaser.
Best Rockets defensive possession might have been with Harden back against 3 on 1. Wroten missed and Harden blocked follow.
Rockets take their first time out as they trail the 76ers 13-11 with 7:28 in the first.
McHale not happy. Rockets defense awful to start.
Visit of the 76ers (which, coincidentally is their over/under for points scored tonight) did not bring out the crowd. Lots of empty seats.
Rockets- Philly game about to tip off.
McHale spoke again about Harden's improved D. Among Rockets regulars, only Howard has a better defensive rating (per basketball-ref) so far.
No word on when Rockets Beverley, Jones will play. McHale said, "Pat much sooner than T.J." Sounds like Sunday or Mon possible for Beverley.
On Beverley's and Jones' injuries, Coach McHale says Beverley will be back sooner than Jones.
Officials for Rockets-76ers tonight: Monty McCutchen,Kane Fitzgerald andScott Twardoski.
Terrence Jones and Pat Beverley are out tonight against Philly.
This Bulls & Raptors game is crazy lol
Omg it's so cold in here! Reminds me Lithuania!;-p
Federer is cold as ice!!!
FINAL: Rockets 113, TWolves 101. Harden 23p-10a, Howard 22p-10r-4blk, Ariza 19p. Pap, Terry a combined 7-7 3P. Rockets now 7-1.
Very fun 2nd half to watch, especially after a discouraging 1st half where these two teams looked like equals. Rockets 7-11 3P in 2nd half.
Howard, Harden check out, Harden with 23 points, 10 assists, Howard with 22 and 10 rebounds.
I'm told Troy Daniels is fine. Harden still in game, but I'd guess Daniels will be shortly.
Harden gets his 10th assist on a slick dish to Ariza on a break. Rockets lead by 21, 6:07 left. Thinking he might be done.
Howard checks in to hit a 17-footer, easily his deepest shot of the season.
Attendance announced at 18,996. Not a sell out, but most for a Wolves home game.
Rockets have made at least 10 3-pointers in a franchise record nine-consecutive games, eight this season. It's longest active streak in NBA.
Goes without saying that Tarik Black's 10 points are a career high, surpassing his previous career best of two.
Harden returns to nice cheers.
Harden immediately grabbed his right ankle after going down. He's sitting on the baseline, stretching with a band.
Harden is favoring his right ankle. Getting looked at.
Harden went down awkwardly on missed drive, hopped back down the floor and takes a seat on the floor during time out.
Wolves missed their first seven shots of 1st half, first six of second half. Rockets D let up in first half. Test is not to ease off now.
Dwight has missed two power dunks, so he gently puts in an oop from Harden and looks up to give thanks. Rockets up 8, their largest lead.
By the way, point of that tweet and link is not that Houston is not as mountainous as Mexico City, it was that they did something about it.
Rockets have held teams to a league-best 27.2% shooting on 3s. Wolves hit 100 % (3 of 3) in first half.
Rockets ended the half with centers Howard and Black playing together for first time. Obviously shorthanded at 4 with Jones out.
Rockets up 53-49 at half. Harden and Howard combine for 27. This needs to be a game Harden drives his way to life at the line.
For all Harden has done well in first 8 games his range shooting has been way off. Shooting 30.2 % on 3s with a 1 of 6 going tonight.
Corey Brewer, as usual against Rockets, looks like he was shot out of a cannon. He has 9 in 9 mins, 42 shy of his total last time vs. Hou.
After four-consecutive breaks, five players were tugging on shorts, Pekovic looks to be holding his chest.
Troy Daniels doubled over near midcourt. Struggling to get off the floor.
Coaches careful to sub early, often at altitude. Rockets have gone 9 deep already; Minn 10. Lots of slow walks to bench when guys come out.
Very entertaining 1st quarter. Very little defense after good start. Rockets up 28-26. Howard w/ 11. Muhammad with highlight, a flying slam.
Standing next to Zach LaVine, Kevin Martin looks like Dwight Howard.
Roars for James Harden in pregame warmups. Remarkable at a Timberwolves home game.
LaVine could be the teen to beat in Brooklyn in February, unless he misses as many as he did tonight. Amazing vertical on that kid.
Close call on pregame dunk contest. For Rockets, give it to Dwight over Nick Johnson based on crowd reaction. For Minn, LaVine. No contest.
Just a few Minn-Hou connections: McHale, Dunn, Bickerstaff, Buckner, David Adelman, Motiejunas (technically a Minn pick), Budinger, Martin.
Most NBA players are extremely devoted to pregame routine, timing. Probably doesn't make much difference, but they always seem to think so.
Rockets 2nd bus took more than an hour to arena. (My ride took 25 mins.) 2nd bus guys (Harden, Terry), had no time for usual pregame shots.
Here's something you don't see in Toyota Center. A guy in the media room wearing a fake James Harden beard.