James Harden scored 31 factors and the Houston Rockets received their 11th straight sport with a 120-102 victory Friday evening over the Minnesota Timberwolves, who misplaced All-Star Jimmy Butler to an obvious proper knee damage.
Butler left the sport late within the third quarter. After grabbing a rebound late within the third quarter, he pivoted and planted exhausting on his proper foot earlier than collapsing and grabbing his proper knee. He was on the ground for at the very least three minutes earlier than he was carried off the courtroom by two teammates. He appeared to keep away from placing weight on his proper leg when heading to the locker room.
A Timberwolves official stated through the fourth quarter that Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau would supply an replace on Butler’s damage following the sport.
The Rockets trailed for a lot of the primary half earlier than going forward to keep up the NBA‘s finest document.
The Rockets have received 11 straight at house towards the Timberwolves and can go for a four-game season collection sweep in Minnesota on March 18. In their earlier three conferences, Houston overwhelmed Minnesota from past the arc, making 19.5 Three-pointers per sport. But whether or not it was rust or an improved defensive technique from Minnesota, Houston was restricted to only 14 of 38 Three-pointers on Friday evening.
The Rockets had been with out guard Eric Gordon, who was a game-time scratch with an sickness. P.J. Tucker began in his place and had 11 factors in 28 minutes.
Trevor Ariza, who missed the earlier 9 video games earlier than the All-Star break with a hamstring damage, was again within the beginning rotation and scored 11 factors in 26 minutes.
Minnesota went on a 22-Eight run to construct an early lead and led 32-26 on the finish of the primary quarter. Houston closed out the second quarter on a 9-2 run to carry a 55-54 lead at halftime.
The Timberwolves have misplaced 4 of their final six.
Timberwolves: After Butler fell to the ground, the play continued and ended with Taj Gibson committing a horse-collar-like takedown of Harden on a layup. Harden made the desperation heave and ensuing free throw to place the Rockets up 14. … Towns and fellow 7-footer Cole Aldrich served as human crutches in escorting Butler to the locker room.
Rockets: With a steal within the third quarter, Paul handed Allen Iverson for 12th on the NBA’s profession listing with 1,984. Mookie Blaylock is 11th with 2,075 steals. … In his second sport with the Rockets, veteran small ahead Joe Johnson had 10 factors in 22 minutes.
Timberwolves: Host Chicago on Saturday evening.
Rockets: Visit Denver on Sunday evening.