Harden Scores 34 as Rockets Beat Wolves 126-108

Minnesota Timberwolves' Jimmy Butler (23) drives on Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 in Minneapolis. Photo: (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)
Minnesota Timberwolves' Jimmy Butler (23) drives on Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 in Minneapolis.

February 13, 2018 09:43 PM

James Harden had 34 points, 12 assists and six rebounds, and the Houston Rockets beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 126-108 on Tuesday night for their ninth straight victory.
    
Ryan Anderson scored 21 points off the bench as the Rockets (43-13) snapped Minnesota's 13-game home winning streak and pulled within a half-game of the Golden State Warriors for the best record in the NBA. Houston has won for the 16 of its last 18 games.
    
The Rockets made 10 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, when they scored 42 points.
    
Karl-Anthony Towns had 35 points and 12 rebounds in Minnesota's first home loss since Dec. 16 against Phoenix. Jeff Teague added 25 points and eight assists, and Jamal Crawford came off the bench to score 11 points after starting 0 for 6 from the floor.
    
Minnesota led by as many as 13 in the first quarter before Houston went on a run to take a four-point halftime lead. Trailing by 11, the Rockets used a 15-3 run to take their first lead at 35-34.
    
Houston used 3-pointers to keep Minnesota at bay throughout the game and then to pull away late. Anderson scored 12 in the fourth quarter, all from 3-point range.
    
He hit a pair of 3-pointers early in the period to push Houston's lead back to double digits and hit two more later in the quarter. The Rockets as a team connected on 10-of-16 3-pointers in the fourth quarter alone.
    
Minnesota was just 6 of 23 from deep. Harden and Anderson each hit as many shots from behind the arc as the Wolves did as a team.
    
Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins missed his first 12 field goal attempts. Wiggins entered Tuesday's game shooting 55.6 percent in his previous four games. He finished 2 for 14.
    
TIP-INS
    
Rockets: Brandan Wright did not play, one day after signing with Houston as a free agent. He played in 27 games for Memphis this season. . The Rockets have won 16 of their last 18 meetings against Minnesota.
    
Timberwolves: Towns tallied his league-leading 50th double-double. . Minnesota is now 16-2 at home this season against Western Conference opponents.
    
UP NEXT
    
Rockets: Visit Sacramento on Wednesday.
    
Timberwolves: Host Lost Angeles Lakers on Thursday.

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