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Rockets defeat Timberwolves 107-89

Published: Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Updated: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 21:02

Dwight Howard

Copyright 2014, The Associated Press

Houston Rockets' Dwight Howard goes for a hook shot as Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Love, right, looks on in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

The Houston Rockets defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 107-89 Monday night at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn.

The Rockets didn’t let the freezing climate and hazardous location affect their performance on the court. Dwight Howard performed at an all-time high. According to NBA's web site, head coach Kevin McHale praised the forward center:

Dwight did a really nice job in the post. He was getting double-teamed, moved it out, and we had open shots because he was really facilitating a lot of hockey assists tonight.

Howard played a total of 39 minutes, scored 18 points and had 15 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 blocks, and 1 steal. According to Fox Sports, immediately after the game Howard said it was a team effort:

We didn't try to rush shots and rush down the floor and take bad shots. We took our time, shared the ball and got good shots. We do an excellent job of sharing the ball and finding an open man. When we do that it's hard for teams to decide what they're going to do, if they're going to double out the posts or stay with the 3-point shooters. We just want to make teams make tough decisions on the floor.

The Timberwolves not only played without two starters, Nikola Pekovic who is still suffering from ankle bursitis and Kevin Martin who broke his thumb Friday, but without head coach Rick Adelman due to personal reasons. According to ESPN assistant coach Terry Porter summed up the team's performance:

Unfortunately for us, we couldn't make shots. Guys that normally make shots struggled. We had good looks, but just couldn't knock them down. On those misses, they ran out, got some easy baskets and extended the lead.

The Timberwolves were unable to score in the first six minutes of the second half. Kevin Love had a career best 23 first-half points and led Minnesota with 31 points and 10 rebounds. However, Love shot only 9-of-23 from the floor. Chase Budinger was the only other player to reach double figures, with 15 boards.

According to a tweet from @ClutchFans

At 35-17, this is the second-best record in Rockets franchise history at this point of season. Only 1993-94 team (38-14) was better.

This marks the sixth straight victory of the Rockets.  

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