James Harden worked through a subpar shooting performance to help the Houston Rockets carry a 10-game winning streak into the All-Star break following a 100-91 victory over the visiting Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.
When Minnesota missed 10 of 11 shots to open the second quarter, the Rockets took advantage, turning a 17-3 run into a 40-34 lead on a Harden 3-pointer. While the duo kept their squad in the game, Jimmy Butler and Andrew Wiggins struggled to find any offensive rhythm, combining to shoot 7-of-27 from the field. The Wolves record is the 17-game home win streak from January to March in 2003.
The Minnesota Timberwolves looked to prove themselves against one of the NBA's best teams, but the Houston Rockets had other ideas, cruising to a 126-108 win.
On the season, the Timberwolves are averaging 109.6 points, 41.7 rebounds and 22.9 assists per game. And seeing as Minnesota only sits.5 games back of the San Antonio Spurs for third place, either option appears to be a reality at this point. Karl-Anthony Towns finished the game with a team-high twenty-nine points against their last opponent, the Kings.
Houston's supercharged offense is powered by 42 three-point attempts per game, which leads the National Basketball Association by a wide margin. Bogdan Bogdanovic paced Sacramento with 20 points and five assists while Garrett Temple added 13 points off the bench.
With the offense sputtering, Paul suddenly erupted, scoring 14 consecutive points for the Rockets to lead the turnaround. The total number of points scored for the over/under is listed at 222. He has averaged 20.1 PTS, 12.1 REB, 2.3 AST, 0.8 STL and 1.4 BLK with 1.9 TO.