Jonathan Feigen

Josh Smith fell one rebound short of his triple double, but had a fine game back in starting lineup with 16p, 11a, 9r.

Calvin Watkins

Houston wins, 120-110, and clinch a playoff berth.

David Hardisty

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.

Jenny Dial Creech

Rockets clinch a playoff spot with a 120-110 win over Minnesota.

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets 120, Wolves 110. Harden with 33, Howard with 18. Wiggins with 31 for Wolves. Rockets hit 20 3-pointers.

Calvin Watkins

As it stands now, the Rockets have six players in double-figures and are shooting 53.1 percent from the floor.

Jonathan Feigen

With Wiggins, LaVine, Johnson and McDaniels on the court together, how about we cancel the last 77 secs for a dunk contest?

David Hardisty

Josh Smith is one... rebound... away from that triple-double. 16 points, 11 assists, 9 rebounds.

Calvin Watkins

James Harden also done. He's got 33 on 19 shots.

Calvin Watkins

Howard played 21 minutes and is done for the evening. He finished with 18 points. Looked good moving around and banging with defenders.

Jenny Dial Creech

KJ McDaniels and Nick Johnson in for Dwight Howard and James Harden.

David Hardisty

20 made three-pointers now for the Rockets. This is the point when Mark Jackson tells Flip Saunders to start fouling.

Jonathan Feigen

Howard spins off in the low post and takes one more alley oop to a slam. That gives him 18 points, on eight dunks and 2 fts, in 20 mins.

Jenny Dial Creech

If you are judging Dwight Howard’s health by his dunks, he looks terrific tonight.

David Hardisty

And Harden throws the alley-oop to Dwight Howard and the dagger has been firmly planted. 115-101 Rockets, 2:49 left.

Jonathan Feigen

With Rockets up 12 with 3:20 left, Howard checks back in. He has a minute or two left on his minutes restriction.

Jenny Dial Creech

Dwight Howard back in the game for Josh Smith with 3:20 to play.

Jenny Dial Creech

Triple-double watch: Josh Smith now has 16 points, 10 assists, 8 rebounds.

Jonathan Feigen

Josh Smith with assist No. 10 on Terry's 3, the Rockets season-high 19th 3 of night. Smith two rebounds from triple double.

Jenny Dial Creech

Make that 19 3s - Jason Terry just knocked down his 4th of the night.

Jenny Dial Creech

Rockets have a season-high 18 made 3-pointers tonight. They lead Minnesota 105-96 with 4:37 to play.

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets 17 of 40 (!) on 3s. Ties season high for made 3s in a game.

David Hardisty

That's 17 three-pointers made for the Rockets tonight, matching their season-high.

Jenny Dial Creech

Josh Smith has 15 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists tonight with 6:24 to play. Has three career triple-doubles.

Jonathan Feigen

Josh Smith closing in on a triple double. He's one assist and two rebounds away. He has three in his career.

Jonathan Feigen

Howard with a vicious two-handed slam followed by one even more violent. He has 16p in 18 minutes.

David Hardisty

Dwight Howard is happening. Back-to-back slams by the big man put the Rockets up 96-84, 9:07 left.

Calvin Watkins

Back to back dunks from Howard. He's got 16 and the place is rocking.

Jonathan Feigen

Dwight Howard misses a shot for the first time in 2 months -- tip that rolled out. Wolves doubling him in post so he's passing it back out.

Calvin Watkins

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.

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets, 15 of 32 on 3-pointers, have set NBA record for 3s attempted in a season with 10 1/4 games left.

David Hardisty

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.

Jonathan Feigen

Harden with 31 through three quarters, has had a league-high 31 30-point games.

David Hardisty

At this point, it's more unusual when Harden doesn't have a 30-point night. He's got 31, Rockets up 90-78.

Jenny Dial Creech

Harden ties his season-high in steals with 5. His career high is 7.

Jonathan Feigen

Harden with a season-high five steals, two shy of career high.

David Hardisty

James Harden just picked his 5th steal of the night, matching his season-high. He's two away from his career-high.

Jonathan Feigen

As shorthanded as Wolves are, the Minnesota bench owning Rockets reserves. Rockets bench 5 of 15; Wolves' 6 of 6.

Jonathan Feigen

Back in starting lineup with Jones, Motiejunas out, Josh Smith's been sensational. He's 6 of 7 for 15p with 5r, 6a, many other fine passes.

Calvin Watkins

Josh Smith makes his third 3 of the evening. He's got 15.

Calvin Watkins

Joey Dorsey missed two chances at easy dunks. Wants a foul. Not happening.

Jenny Dial Creech

Howard sitting after almost 6 minutes in the third- he is up to 12 points, 2 rebounds.

Jonathan Feigen

Dwight Howard takes a seat with 12 points in 14 mins on 5 of 5 shooting, first time in double figures in more than two months.

David Hardisty

James Harden is 5-5 from the field, 4-4 from three-point range for 14 points in the first 4+ minutes of the third quarter alone.

Jonathan Feigen

Howard nearly had his first non-dunk FG since his return. Dieng tied him up, but nearly rolled in. Instead, gets first FT.

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets scoring just spectacularly easily when not turning the ball over. Have hit 58.7 %, 50 % on their 24 3s. Lead by 16.

Calvin Watkins

Another dunk by Howard, a mini two-handed jam. He's got 10 and the Wolves need a timeout. As we do the Macarena at Toyota Center.

Calvin Watkins

James Harden has hit his first three buckets to start the second half. He's got 26.

Calvin Watkins

The Minnesota's version of the Elite Eight shot 50 percent in the first half. Wiggins with 18 points and Budinger added 12 off the bench.

Calvin Watkins

Harden got hit in the right ear at the end of the half and walked off.

Calvin Watkins

At the break, Houston leads 60-50. Harden with 15, Josh Smith 12, Jason Terry with nine. Howard with eight points all on dunks.

Jenny Dial Creech

Harden looks like he got hit in the face/head. He looks okay but was slow to get up and head to locker room.

David Hardisty

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.

Jonathan Feigen

Harden took a shot to the back of the head at the halftime buzzer. Getting some attention, but looks like he'll be OK.

Jenny Dial Creech

With a cowbell? RT @ChronBrianSmith: #Gonzaga's band playing "Don't Fear the Reaper." They win.

Jonathan Feigen

Nick Johnson vs. Wolves. All he does is makes driving layups. (He finished drive 16 secs into game nearly identical to game-winner in Minn.)

David Hardisty

16 seconds is how long it took for Nick Johnson to enter the game, get the ball, drive and score.

Calvin Watkins

Good to see Nick Johnson get some early time here against the Wolves.

Jonathan Feigen

With Corey Brewer picking up his third foul, we have a Nick Johnson sighting. It is still the first half. I checked.

David Hardisty

Nick Johnson seeing some real time here, checking in with 3:12 left 2Q.

Jenny Dial Creech

We have a second quarter Nick Johnson sighting at the Toyota Center.

David Hardisty

Jason Terry is 3-3 from the field, Dwight Howard is 4-4 and Josh Smith is 5-5. That's not too bad.

Jonathan Feigen

Back in small lineup with Josh Smith, Dwight Howard out, Harden back to matching up with power forwards. Has had to do that a lot this year.

Jenny Dial Creech

Jason terry is 3/3 on 3s tonight -he has 9 points and the #Rockets are up 50-36 on Minnesota.

Jonathan Feigen

Josh Smith was protesting what looked like a pretty bad call when Kevin Martin said something that cracked him up. Brewer, too.

David Hardisty

Josh Smith has 10 points, 4 assists in 12 minutes, going 4-4 FG and 2-2 3P. He's killing TWovles right now w/ dishes to Dwight. 40-26 HOU.

Jonathan Feigen

Dwight with four dunks and a goaltending in 7 minutes. Mid-season form already?

Jonathan Feigen

Flip Saunders playing Chase Budinger, Justin Hamilton, Sean Kilpatrick early. In other words, he cleared the bench in 2nd quarter.

David Hardisty

Josh Smith fires an alleyoop pass to Dwight Howard that was so off it banked right in... and it's a three-pointer.

Calvin Watkins

Josh Smith just banked in a shot that was meant to be an alley-oop for Dwight Howard.

Jonathan Feigen

Dwight Howard starting second quarter. Had a pair of dunks in his first four-minute stint. Could get a good six-minute run this time.

Calvin Watkins

Rockets with 13 rebounds, TWolves with just six after first quarter.

Jonathan Feigen

Source: Ex-assistant Brett Gunning working with Rockets players again blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

Jenny Dial Creech

Rockets PF Donatas Motiejunas sidelines for 1-2 weeks with back pain blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

Calvin Watkins

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.

Jenny Dial Creech

End of the first - #Rockets lead #Timberwolves 31-22. Minnesota has gone through its roster already - only 8 players available tonight.

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets PF Donatas Motiejunas sidelines for 1-2 weeks with back pain blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

David Hardisty

Harden puts up 10 points, 3 assists and Jason Terry knocks down a couple triples and the Rockets lead 31-22 after one.

Jonathan Feigen

Terrence Jones makes progress in comeback (Updated with Jones' hopes to return next week.) blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

Jonathan Feigen

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.

Jenny Dial Creech

Update on Terrence Jones #rockets - Terrence Jones makes progress in comeback blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

Calvin Watkins

We have two dunks from Howard thanks on feeds from Harden. It's 13-2, Rockets. TWolves dress eight, will play seven.

Howard Chen

Not good news for the #Rockets http://t.co/EtnMbsxk9G

Jonathan Feigen

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

David Hardisty

This game is not going to go well for the Timberwolves. 11-2 Rockets out of the gate.

Calvin Watkins

Before tip off the entire starting five of the Timber Wolves, hugged Rockets great and HOF Hakeem Olajuwon.

Jonathan Feigen

With Capela callup, Rockets have 11 players available, despite huge absences; Wolves only 8. If they have a tug-of-war, Rockets will roll.

Calvin Watkins

Dwight Howard was the first player introduced this evening for the home team.

Jonathan Feigen

There are circumstances that don't apply, with league approval. RT @nico_lopez5: @Jonathan Feigen is that even allowed?

Jonathan Feigen

Second Rockets-Timberwolves game this season with introductions in Spanish. FIrst was in Mexico City. Tonight for Noche Latina.

Calvin Watkins

Excuse me, we missed one. TWolves have eight total players. Andrew Wiggins is the star of the show.

Jonathan Feigen

With all of the Timberwolves' injuries, they go with small lineups off the bench. Rockets happily under the circumstances will, too.

Calvin Watkins

Looks like Minnesota will play with seven tonight.

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets not in situation would be permitted 16th roster spot, but if they were, Josh Powell would be ready after weeks training with Dwight.

David Hardisty

Rockets say Donatas Motiejunas has been "removed from basketball activities" for 1-2 weeks after his back was evaluated today by doctors.

Jonathan Feigen

With Motiejunas, Jones, Papanikolaou out, Rockets down to Howard (for 20 minutes), Josh Smith, Joey Dorsey, Capela at center, power forward.

Calvin Watkins

Rockets-Wolves lineups: HOU: Ariza, Smith, Howard, Harden and Terry. MINN: Wiggins, Payne, Dieng, Lavine and Brown.

Calvin Watkins

Rockets announced Donatas Motiejunas experiencing low back pain & tightness and will be out one to two weeks.