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This time, Timberwolves hold on vs. Rockets for 119-105 victory

Kent Youngblood, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) on

Published in Basketball

MINNEAPOLIS -- Less than a month ago a very hot Houston Rockets team came to Target Center on a nine-game win streak, trailed Minnesota by 12 points with 2:20 left in regulation, and proceeded to break the Timberwolves hearts in overtime.

That only makes what happened Wednesday night at Target Center sweeter.

This time, the Rockets came to Target Center on a nine-game winning streak, and that streak was stopped in the Minnesota cold. Wolves 119, Rockets 105.

The Wolves ended the third quarter on an 8-2 run to take a 12-point lead into the fourth. And then a lineup of mainly reserves scored the first eight points of the fourth quarter to take a 20-point lead.

And this time it held up.

Stone cold from 3 for much of the game, both Ryan Anderson and his teammates woke up in the fourth, hitting seven of 14 fourth-quarter 3-pointers.

The Wolves held on with an offense that never lost steam.

Andrew Wiggins scored 28 points. Karl-Anthony Towns had 23 points and 18 rebounds. Ricky Rubio tied a franchise record with 17 assists to go along with 10 points. Shabazz Muhammad (20 points, seven rebounds) and Nemanja Bjelica (eight points, seven rebounds) contributed off the bench.

That was enough for the Wolves (13-26) to turn back the Rockets (31-10).

James Harden scored 33 points with 12 assists. Anderson -- 2-for-9 on 3-pointers through three quarters -- finished with 18. Trevor Ariza scored 16.

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