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)