Rockets 119, Timberwolves 100 (Rockets lead 3-1)
It took the Rockets 3.5 games to really get going in this series but when they finally did, it was in record-setting fashion. After scuffling through the opening 24 minutes, Houston led just 50-49 at the break following a Derrick Rose second quarter resurgence than made the score a little more competitive.
Then, in the third quarter, the Rockets did what they’ve done all season: dominate. Houston scored 50 points — a NBA playoff record for points in a third quarter, just one point short of tying the record for points in any quarter — in the frame to completely take advantage of a pivotal Game 4, and now can clinch at home. James Harden (36 points on the night) scored 22 of those points, outscoring the entire Timberwolves team by two.
The Beard #Rockets his way to 22 in the 3rd as HOU scores 50!#NBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/HXPhPv6Oh2
— NBA (@NBA) April 24, 2018
Chris Paul (24 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 steals) and Clint Capela (14 points, 17 rebounds) had big games too, but it was really a team-wide effort to bury the Timberwolves in that crazy third quarter. It just felt like Houston couldn’t miss, at all, and Minnesota just couldn’t keep up. Karl-Anthony Towns (22 points, 15 rebounds) bounced back and played well, as did Rose (17 points, 6 rebounds) off the bench. But with the Rockets up 3-1 and headed home, Minnesota has a huge uphill climb ahead of itself and probably blew its best chance to win this series by not evening it up on Tuesday.
Jazz 113, Thunder 96 (Jazz lead 3-1)
This Jazz team is something else. It took …read more