Clint Capela will also be available to the Rockets on this road trip. He arrived just before the game tonight.
Jason Terry averages 12.7 points per game as a starter. He is 8-0 this season when he starts for the Rockets.
Dwight Howard won’t play both nights of upcoming back to back. The Rockets down to two bigs- Josh Smith and Joey Dorsey -when that happens.
When Howard sits out, Rockets will have 1 center (Dorsey), 1 power forward (Smith) and 1 rookie c/pf (Capela) who has never scored in NBA.
It's a final: Rockets 120, Wolves 110. Harden w/ 33, Wiggins w/ 31
The Houston Rockets have clinched a playoff spot.
Baseball stat: Rockets are 40-5 when leading at the break.
Rockets clinch playoff spot. With Memphis loss, Rockets within half game of 2nd in West, tied in loss column, as head to 4 in 5 nights.
FINAL: Rockets 120, TWolves 110. Playoffs clinched!! Rockets hit 20 threes, Harden goes for 33, Dwight 8-9 FG for 18p, Josh Smith 16-11-9.
Rockets clinch a playoff spot with a 120-110 win over Minnesota.
Rockets 120, Wolves 110. Harden with 33, Howard with 18. Wiggins with 31 for Wolves. Rockets hit 20 3-pointers.
As it stands now, the Rockets have six players in double-figures and are shooting 53.1 percent from the floor.
20 made three-pointers now for the Rockets. This is the point when Mark Jackson tells Flip Saunders to start fouling.
And Harden throws the alley-oop to Dwight Howard and the dagger has been firmly planted. 115-101 Rockets, 2:49 left.
With Rockets up 12 with 3:20 left, Howard checks back in. He has a minute or two left on his minutes restriction.
Josh Smith with assist No. 10 on Terry's 3, the Rockets season-high 19th 3 of night. Smith two rebounds from triple double.
Rockets have a season-high 18 made 3-pointers tonight. They lead Minnesota 105-96 with 4:37 to play.
Rockets 17 of 40 (!) on 3s. Ties season high for made 3s in a game.
That's 17 three-pointers made for the Rockets tonight, matching their season-high.
Dwight Howard is happening. Back-to-back slams by the big man put the Rockets up 96-84, 9:07 left.
Rockets up, 90-80, after 3. Harden 31, Smith (6-7 FG) 15 & Rockets shooting 53.3 percent from the floor. Wiggins has 22 for Wolves.
Rockets, 15 of 32 on 3-pointers, have set NBA record for 3s attempted in a season with 10 1/4 games left.
Norris Cole made only 2-of-9 shots for four points on Wednesday vs. Rockets. He has 12 points tonight on 5-of-7 shooting.
90-80 Rockets heading to the 4th. Harden scored 16 of his 31 in 3Q. Rockets have made 15 threes already, still a quarter left to be played.
At this point, it's more unusual when Harden doesn't have a 30-point night. He's got 31, Rockets up 90-78.
Houston winning. Griz and Rockets will be tied in loss column. Clippers 2 back with 2 vs. Lakers, 2 vs. Nuggets down the stretch.
As shorthanded as Wolves are, the Minnesota bench owning Rockets reserves. Rockets bench 5 of 15; Wolves' 6 of 6.
Rockets scoring just spectacularly easily when not turning the ball over. Have hit 58.7 %, 50 % on their 24 3s. Lead by 16.
Rockets up 60-50 at half. Harden got hit in the back of the head going for a rebound at the horn, but looks OK now. He's got 15, JSmith 12.
Rockets 60, Wolves 50 at the half
If you've got a computer or abacus at home...Rockets have made 9 3-pointers, Wolves have made 2. Rockets lead 56-46 late in 2nd qtr
Rockets 31, Wolves 22 after a quarter in Houston. Hamilton, Kilpatrick into game for the visitors
Rockets with 13 rebounds, TWolves with just six after first quarter.
After 1 quarter, Rockets lead, 31-22. Harden with 10 and the Rockets are 5-11 from 3. Howard with four points and one rebound in 4 min.
Harden puts up 10 points, 3 assists and Jason Terry knocks down a couple triples and the Rockets lead 31-22 after one.
With Rockets running out of big men, Brewer and Ariza in front court together. Makes it tougher to play one vs. points with Beverley out.
We have two dunks from Howard thanks on feeds from Harden. It's 13-2, Rockets. TWolves dress eight, will play seven.
Thought it'd be interesting to see how Rockets offense clicks in Howard's stints. Tough to tell way scoring so easily, up 11-2 in 2 1/2 mins
This game is not going to go well for the Timberwolves. 11-2 Rockets out of the gate.