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Green Sparks Rockets Game Two Win Over Wolves

Rockets take 2-0 series lead with help of Green's 21 points

April 18, 2018 - 11:09 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- Trailing by five after a quarter and with their offense struggling for a second straight game, the Rockets needed some sort of spark Wednesday night at Toyota Center and Gerald Green provided it as the Rockets beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 102-82, taking a 2-0 lead in their Western Confernece first round series.

Green scored 12 points in the second quarter, connecting on four 3-pointers as the Rockets outscored Minnesota 37-17 in the period. This came after the Rockets were limited to 18 points in the first quarter on 5-of-25 shooting with five turnovers and one assist. 

The second quarter started with a Derrick Rose layup, but after an Eric Gordon floater, Green hit from long distance to bring the Rockets within two. Jimmy hit a step-back jumper to make it a four-point game, and after the Rockets tied it, Jeff Teague drove in for a layup. That would give the Wolves their last lead of the night.

A Gordon 3-pointer put the Rockets on top, and following a Minnesota free throw, the Rockets scored 16 straight points, capped by Green's fourth 3-pointer of the quarter. Houston led 55-40 at halftime and started the second half on an 10-2 run. The Wolves never closer than 18 points the rest of the night.

Green finished with 21 points and nine rebounds off the bench, while Chris Paul led the Rockets with 27 points and eight assists.

Both teams shot below 40 percent from the field for the game, but the Rockets made 16 three-pointers to Minnesota's five and attempted more free throws.

James Harden was limited to 12 points on 2-of-18 shooting, but did dish out seven assists and come up with three steals. 

Gordon scored nine points.

Nemanja Bjelica led the Wolves with 16 points, while Andrew Wiggins scored 13 points. Karl-Anthony Towns was limited to five points on 2-of-9 shooting.

Game three is Saturday night in Minneapolis.