Rockets vs. Timberwolves: Postgame Grades and Analysis for Houston

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Rockets vs. Timberwolves: Postgame Grades and Analysis for Houston
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It was the second night of a back-to-back and the Houston Rockets struggled most of the way against the Minnesota Timberwolves in an ugly 87-84 win.

After a handful of good, efficient games from James Harden and Jeremy Lin, Lin rode an ugly game most of the way but was able to make a big shot down the stretch, and Harden picked it up significantly at the end of the third and into the fourth quarter.

The Rockets weren't really hurt by a single guy; essentially, it was the whole collection of the Timberwolves' depth that really gave them fits for the duration of the game.

Apart from a good game from Alexey Shved, an inefficient, yet effective game from Kevin Love and the usual solid game from Andrei Kirilenko, the entire Timberwolves team was just able to play a more effective game than the Rockets.

If anything, it seemed like quite the hangover game for the Rockets even though they won, as they hovered around 40-percent shooting for the duration.

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