Houston Rockets Game 5 Set For Wednesday, Tickets On Sale

HOUSTON, TX — The Houston Rockets are guaranteed anther home game in the first round of the NBA playoffs, thanks to a 121-105 loss at the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night. The Rockets still lead the best-of-7 series 2-1. Game 4 will be Monday night in Minnesota. It will tip at 7 p.m. Texas time and can be seen on TNT.

Game 5 on Wednesday will be back in Houston with an 8:30 p.m. start. It will also be televised on TNT. If necessary, Game 6 will be in Minnesota and Game 7 would be back in Houston.

The teams went back and forth early in the game Saturday, swapping leads multiple times before the Rockets took a 28-27 lead into the second quarter. It stayed tight through the second period and Minnesota led, 52-51, at halftime. Minnesota began pulling away in the third, leading by 12 going into the final period.

Houston kept chipping away at Minnesota’s double-digit leads in the fourth period, only to be thwarted again by the Timberwolves’ hot shooting from beyond the arc. Minnesota as a team shot nearly 56 percent from 3-point range, with Andrew Wiggins and Jimmy Butler each making four. The Rockets made 15 3-pointers on 41 attempts for 36.6 percent.

James Harden led Houston with 29 points and seven assists. Clint Capela had a team-high 11 rebounds.

Here’s ticket information for Game 5 at home Wednesday.

Top image: James Harden (13) of the Houston Rockets shoots the ball against Gorgui Dieng (5) of the Minnesota Timberwolves during the first quarter in Game Three of Round One of the 2018 NBA Playoffs on April 21, 2018 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Timberwolves won, 121-105. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

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5 Insanely Expensive Houston-Area Homes On The Market

HOUSTON, TX — There are big, beautiful houses, and then there are ridiculously absurd houses. Some of the homes for sale are freakishly large and wickedly expensive. Here at Patch, we teamed up with our partners at realtor.com to narrow down the top five most expensive homes in Houston. Winning a local lottery would be just a down payment. Regardless, here are the most expensive homes for sale in Houston.

$30 million
100 Carnarvon100 Carnarvon Dr
Secluded 2.5 wooded acres, this Neoclassical, close-in Memorial-area chateau is a masterpiece of luxury and refinement surrounded by private, park-like grounds. The 27,000-plus square foot chateau is designed for elegant entertaining and the display of museum-quality art. Amenities include lavish gilt and delicately-wrought, hand painted detail; meticulously reproduced period moldings; white marble tile and inlaid, hand scraped hardwood floors; antique boiserie, chandeliers, and marble fireplaces. Expertly proportioned principle rooms include a gallery/reception hall, Versailles Room/salon, dining room, music room, east gallery hall, family room, sun room, and breakfast/informal dining room. The kitchen is elegant offering an island, extensive butler’s pantry, and an additional catering kitchen. The setting and architecture evoke the grandeur of Versailles and the art-filled mansions of Paris’ 16th arrondissement.

$16.5 million
6 W Rivercrest Dr
Palladian-style villa on approx. 3.7 fenced acres, custom designed and completed in 2017. Gated entry and circular drive provide parking for entertaining guests. Palatial entry with custom forged ironwork and double door entry opens to banquet-sized dining room and library. State-of-the-art kitchen features labradorite counters, Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances and is adjacent to a service kitchen, butler’s pantry and wine room. Den and formal living view acreage, pool and pavilion through expansive windows across the back of home. Master bedroom features expansive private terrace, dual baths, dressing rooms and custom couture-worthy closets, morning room and study. Two guest bedrooms on second floor have separate sitting areas off landing and master-sized attached baths. Air conditioned 4-car garage and 2 porte-cocheres. Casita or gym area on first floor with full bath. Convenient 3-bedroom guest house is elevator capable with dining room, living area, breakfast, full kitchen, game room, study, terrace and 1-car attached garage. The entertainment pavilion flows to pool area and has large island, bonus room and full bath. The resort-style pool features stepping stones leading to pergola, spa, stone columns and water curtain. Quarters above the stables are sheet rocked and plumbed. The 6-stall stable features vaulted beamed trusses and can be accessed via driveway and would make for an easy conversion for approx. 2,462 sq. ft. of car storage or an additional entertainment pavilion. Artisans have custom designed and created the stained glass windows, woodwork, cabinetry and stonework throughout the home. French oak floors in basket weave and herringbone patterns are complemented by bookend marble patterns in entry. Crestron home automation, automatic window shades, tankless water heaters and mosquito system provide convenient living. Exquisite stone selections throughout the home are unsurpassed. Approx. 6.5 miles from The Galleria.

$16.5 million

Situated behind the gates of prestigious Shadyside, this English Georgian-style home was first designed by Harrie T. Lindeberg and his protg, John Staub. Listed in the National Registry of Historic Places, it has been restored and updated throughout in a manner that complements its original grandeur and integrity. Nestled on approx. 1.7 acres in a park-like setting with magnificent live oak trees, landscaped gardens, pool, pool house and patio areas.

$15.9 million
1708 River Oaks Blvd
The Regency-Style home at 1708 River Oaks Boulevard recalls the glory of a 17th-century Parisian hotel particular. Superbly positioned on more than one acre, it is exquisitely constructed of Texas Cream limestone, cast stone and steel and offers greater than 14,000 square feet of rare opulence. A Tiffany¬ style glass domed ceiling; indoor heated pool, Las Cala marble flooring, hand-carved mahogany moldings; richly inlaid hardwood floors; crotch-cut mahogany paneling and doors; sumptuous marbles; and superbly rendered special finishes are only a few of this home’s extraordinary features. Equally impressive are electronic systems offering complete Creston Automated control of Lutron-based lighting systems, a distributed multi-zone audio system including three Sirius Satellite Tuners, All automated window shades, exterior gates, irrigation system, mosquito system, security system and multiple zones of HVAC. Anderson double-insulated windows and a commercial metal roof system.

$14.8 million
3229 Groveland Ln
Welcome to Groveland. This historically registered landmark estate exemplifies the timeless Regency design & classic proportions of celebrated architect Birdsall Briscoe. Situated on over an acre of impeccably landscaped grounds & enhanced by majestic oaks framing the regal exterior facade. Respectfully & immaculately restored by the current owner utilizing the finest materials resulting in numerous accolades & publication features. Estate boasts 3 dwellings w/ 5 gardens, including grand lawns.

All photos via realtor.com

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Houston City Council Approves Flood Plain Construction Regs

HOUSTON, TX — The Houston City Council has approved new regulations to the city’s building code will affect future projects that are built in the 500 year flood plain.

Mayor Sylvester Turner said the City Council’s approval of his flood protection reform proposals was a major step forward for protecting lives and property in any future Houston floods. He also said the vote will send a strong signal to the nation about how the city plans for its future.

"It is a positive day and a defining moment for Houston. We are being transformational, becoming a more resilient city, and that means doing business in a way we have not done before," Turner remarked.

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The new regulations come nearly eight months after Hurricane Harvey caused widespread flooding to hundreds of buildings in downtown Houston, and in communities in Greater Houston.

The new regulation, which passed with a 9-7 vote, will require new construction to be built with a two foot elevation above the 500 year flood plain — land predicted to flood during a once-every-500-years storm (17-19 inches of rain in 24 hours).

Thank you to the @HoustonTx City Council for approving the flood protection reforms I proposed in January. This is a signature moment for our city; a transformative move to save lives, make Houston more resilient and preserve the factors that attract newcomers. #HurricaneHarvey— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) April" class="redactor-linkify-object">https://twitter.com/SylvesterT… 4, 2018

The changes to the city regulations began in January when the council began examining ways to toughen the rules for construction in the floodplain after the devastation from Hurricane Harvey.

The soon-to-expire standard was set at one foot above the 100-year flood plain, land that is predicted to flood during a once-every-100-years (13-14 inches of rain in 24 hours).

Turner said the city will now shift to developing ordinance changes this year for areas outside the flood plain and construction of infrastructure and drainage projects.

Roy Wright, FEMA’s deputy associate administrator for insurance and mitigation, wrote to the mayor, "For the nation to be more resilient, many communities will take these forward-leaning steps. We will be looking to Houston to lead the nation in its resilience and capacity to shape policies that keep citizens safe through all hazards."

Turner acknowledged that some local business interests opposed today’s action with the argument that new construction will cost more.

However, Turner added that saving lives is worth the extra cost, and the reforms will assure new residents and businesses that Houston is more prepared for the next storms.

"Unless we take constructive steps to mitigate the risk of flooding, why would business owners want to make a significant investment inside the city of Houston? They at least want to see us doing things that will protect them and their investment," he said. "We are not going to put profit over the lives of people."

Image: HOUSTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 03: People look at a flooded section of US-90 on September 3, 2017 in Houston, Texas. A week after Hurricane Harvey hit Southern Texas, residents are beginning the long process of recovering from the storm. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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