Rockets 27, Timberwolves 21 – End of Q1
The Rockets finished the 1st quarter with a 6-0 run, after a 15-4 run by the Timberwolves. Capela leads all scorers with 10 points and five rebounds. The Rockets only made two three-pointers in the first 12 minutes, which seems pretty low for a team that lives behind the line.
Rockets 21, Timberwolves 15 – 2:23 1Q
Wolves circling. Wiggins scoring well. Rockets missing in three.
– canishoopus (@canishoopus) April 16, 2018
Rockets 15, Timberwolves 4 – 7:22 1Q
Houston is out of operation and they are running fast. Clint Capela leads the way early with 7 points.
The Houston Rockets are the first seed in the Western Conference for the first time since the 16-team format was instituted in the 1984 NBA playoffs, and they begin their quest for the title with a first-round matchup against the Timberwolves. of Minnesota starting Sunday night at the Toyota Center in Houston.
Houston was the only NBA team to reach 60 wins in the 2017-2018 season, with a 65-17 record in the history of the franchise.
Chris Paul was the great addition to the Rockets' last offseason, and in the games that Paul, James Harden and Clint Capela played together this season, Houston was a remarkable 42-3. Houston is once again a prolific offense under Mike D & # 39; Antoni, scoring the NBA at 114.7 points per 100 possessions, but his big jump this season was on defense.
The Rockets were 21 and 18 in defensive qualification the past two seasons, but this year they climbed to sixth in the NBA, allowing 106.1 points per 100 possessions.
Houston faces a Timberwolves team full of expectations, but they limped in the postseason, needing an extra time on the last day of the season to hit their first postseason ticket in 14 years.
Houston beat Minnesota in all four games of the regular season, winning by an average of 16 points.
Rockets vs. Timerwolves Game Information 1
Location: Toyota Center, Houston
Play time: 9 p. M. ET
Annunciators: Marv Albert, Chris Webber, Kristen Ledlow
Online transmission: Watch TNT