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2018 Schedule
65-17, 1st in Southwest

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Coach Mike D'Antoni says the Rockets haven't played well since clinching the top seed in late March. "It's been a long time, but tomorrow is the perfect opportunity," James Harden says.

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D'Antoni, Harden: Rockets lack rhythm, in rut

James Harden agreed with coach Mike D'Antoni's assessment that Rockets are out of rhythm. Said Harden: "It's been a long time" since the team was really clicking.

Stefano Fusaro ESPN 

The Rockets feel like they haven't come close to playing their best basketball, not only in this series, but Mike D'Antoni said today at practice that "it's been months." He added that it's a product of having the 1 seed virtually locked up since late January. James Harden agreed and said it's been awhile since they've put in a full 48 minute performance on both sides of the ball. Scary thought for the Wolves and the rest of the league.

Timberwolves came prepared in showdown with Rockets (1:05)
Harden, Paul displeased with question of defense (0:31)

Stefano Fusaro ESPN 

Jimmy Butler: "I got tired of my teammates telling me to be more aggressive the past few days. So I was tonight."


Stefano Fusaro ESPN 

Chris Paul on what went wrong for the Rockets tonight. Keyword: Defense

D'Antoni: 'They played with more emotion than us' (0:55)

Butler, Towns lead T-wolves past Rockets 121-105 in Game 3

Jimmy Butler hit four 3-pointers among his 28 points and Karl-Anthony Towns snapped back from a bad start to the series with 18 points and 16 rebounds, leading the Minnesota Timberwolves past the Houston Rockets 121-105 in Game 3 on Saturday night for...

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Timberwolves' 121-105 rout of the Rockets is Minnesota's first playoff victory since Game 5 of the 2004 Western Conference finals.

Towns trolls Harden by searching for air balls (0:27)

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Midway through the fourth quarter, Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns have both exceeded their point totals from the Timberwolves' two losses in Houston.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Timberwolves took a 12-point lead by scoring 35 in the third quarter. It was by far the most productive quarter of the series for Karl-Anthony Towns, who had eight points in the frame, matching his Game 1 total.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

For the first time this series, Karl-Anthony Towns has scored in double figures.

Stefano Fusaro ESPN 

Timberwolves were up 10 with 2:44 left in the 1st half. They've shot the ball better than Houston. (46% to 41%) But 3 straight made threes (Gordon, Harden & Ariza) and we go into halftime with Rockets down just 1.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Jimmy Butler grabbed his left ankle while on the ground. He limped off during the timeout.

Harden cruises for hammer dunk (0:21)

Stefano Fusaro ESPN 

Karl Anthony Towns unleashes his frustration with a huge dunk over Clint Capela. (And lets him hear about it afterwards) His first shot of the game.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Karl-Anthony Towns did not attempt a shot in the first quarter. The Rockets continue to send a hard double-team when he touches the ball in the post.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler is much more assertive early than he was during the two losses in Houston. He has 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting in 10 minutes after averaging 12 points and attempting a total of only 17 shots in the first two games of the series.

Gordon breezes past Gibson for layup (0:18)

Stefano Fusaro ESPN 

Who wears short shorts? James Harden does for warmups.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike D'Antoni says Ryan Anderson (ankle) will play in Game 3. Plan is to get him back in a groove, no real plan to limit his minutes per D'Antoni because "we got so many guys I think that'll be automatic."

Team Stats

Points Per Game112.42nd
Rebounds Per Game43.5Tied-18th
Assists Per Game21.5Tied-26th
Points Allowed103.9Tied-6th

Team History