Rockets beat T-Wolves 104-101 in playoff series opener

Nightmare Harden Vol 2

Nightmare Harden Vol 2

Corrects to 2004 in seventh paragraph. After a Chris Paul turnover, Jimmy Butler had a chance to tie it up with 1.5 second left, but his attempt was off. In total, he tallied 24 points and 12 boards, dominating the center matchup against Karl-Anthony Towns, who finished with just eight points to go with 12 rebounds.

It was a rough, grind-it-out affair between the Celtics and Bucks for at least the first three quarters, but the ending turned into absolute insanity. Russell Westbrook added 29 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists. Harden made another shot to give him 11 straight points for Houston before another basket by Teague. The Houston Rockets are averaging 112.4 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 103.9 points on 46.2 percent shooting. They rank first in offensive rating, but don't sleep on Houston's defense with Clint Capela down low. Andrew Wiggins scored 18 points to lead Minnesota. Houston, even with Gordon, Capela and Anderson questionable along with Mbah a Moute out until early May have a terrific second unit.

Instead, the Rockets went on a run.

That all added up to the Wolves holding a one-point advantage with just more than six minutes to play. Terry Rozier hit a 3-pointer that should have sealed a victory for the Celtics. Harden flexed each bicep twice while peering down at the muscles after the shot before making the free throw.

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Ahead of the highly anticipated first round clash between Houston Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves, let us take an in-depth look at how both teams stack up.

The Rockets led 54-47 at halftime.

The Rockets opponent, the Minnesota Timberwolves, clinched their first playoff birth in 14 years by beating the Denver Nuggets in the regular season finale. But you need to limit the damage Houston does from the 3-point line, and offensively, the Wolves should be fine. Towns had 12 rebounds and two assists.

Anderson sprained his ankle on April 3 and it sidelined him for the final four games of the regular season. Coach Mike D'Antoni said there was a chance he could return for Game 2, but that he would know more in the next couple of days.

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