Harden, Lin rally Rockets past Minnesota

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 15, 2013 at 10:55 pm •  Published: March 15, 2013
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"Normally, they frustrate me," Houston coach Kevin McHale said of his young team. "Tonight, they made me mad."

The league's highest-scoring team coming into the game, Houston mustered only 39 first-half points and trailed by 18. The Rockets had only 15 first-half field goals on eight assists. Minnesota, meanwhile, shot 55 percent from the field (22 of 40) in the half and scored 20 points off Houston's 15 first-half turnovers.

"We were relying on our offense so much in the first half that we weren't making shots," Harden said. "We weren't playing defense at all. We picked up our intensity and energy a little bit."

The Rockets trailed 61-46 early in the third quarter when McHale was whistled for a technical foul. Harden and Lin sank 3-pointers on Houston's next two possessions, and the Rockets started crawling back into it.

Parsons started the fourth quarter with a steal and a breakaway dunk, and Harden drove for another layup to draw Houston within two. Lin tied it at 82-all with a layup following a Minnesota turnover, and Carlos Delfino found Greg Smith cutting down the lane for a dunk to put the Rockets ahead.

Smith got free inside for a dunk and a layup, and Parsons put it away with a 3-pointer from the corner with 1:03 remaining.

The Rockets snapped a three-game losing streak to the Timberwolves at the Toyota Center and sent Minnesota to its 10th loss in 12 games.

Notes: While Miami extended its win streak to 21 games in Milwaukee, Adelman faced the team he led to 22 consecutive victories five years ago. For now, Houston's run stands as the second-longest in NBA history and it still seems unlikely, even to Adelman. "It kind of came out of nowhere," Adelman recalled. "Our guys got on a roll and they had a lot of confidence and they played with it night after night." The Rockets won 11 of the last 13 games in the streak by double digits. "We were dominating games," Adelman said. "It was a great experience." ... All five Minnesota starters reached double figures. ... Houston had its biggest comeback in Toyota Center history.



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