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Paul Leads Hot-Shooting Rockets Over Wolves

Paul scores 25 points, hitting 6 three-pointers,

March 17, 2019 - 11:22 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- Chris Paul scored 23 points and knocked down six three-pointers Sunday night at Toyota Center in the Rockets 117-102 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Paul drained his first five attempts from behind the three-point arc as the Rockets hit on 19 as a team. Paul shot 8-of-12 from the field while adding seven rebounds and 10 assists as the Rockets imrpove to 44-26 on the season, increasing their lead to 1.5 games on Portland for third place in the Western Conference.

James Harden, questionable before the game due to a cervical strain added 20 points, on 8-of-24 shooting, and eight assists. 

Karl-Anthony Towns' 13 points helped the Wolves to a 30-26 lead after a quarter, and in the second they build their lead to eight, but Iman Shumpert's three-pointer with 25.7 second left before halftime put the Rockets up 50-49 at the break. Towns did not score in the second quarter, though he still led all scorers, while Harden finished the half with 12 points, and Clint Capela added 11 and 10 rebounds. 

Minnesota answered the 8-2 run Houston started the second half with by scoring five straight points, but the Rockets broke the game open with a 17-2 run, capped by Paul's fourth three-pointer of the quarter. Houston scored 43 points, and connected on 10 3-pointers in the period, taking a 93-78 lead into the fourth. Minnesota never got closer than 13 the rest of the night.

Along with the big nights from Hardena and Paul, Capela added 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Eric Gordon scored 12.

Towns led the Wolves with 22 points, nine rebounds, and six assists, but shot just 7-of-22 from the field. Taj Gibson added 15 points and 10 rebounds but the Wolves drop to 32-38.

The Rockets will be in action again Tuesday night when they play at the Atlanta Hawks in the first game of a back-to-back.