How the Wolves broke through and made Game 4 a consequential contest

Thibs-Towns saga rolls on as the Wolves try to save face in this series and beyond

Houston pulled out a 104-101 win in the series opener last Sunday at home and followed up with a 104-84 home win in Game 2 Wednesday night. Houston won the lone playoff series between the teams, taking a 3-0 series win over Minnesota in the first round of the 1997 National Basketball Association playoffs.

Down 2-1, the Timberwolves are +600 on the Sports Interaction series line with Houston at -2000. James Harden had a quiet 29 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists, while Chris Paul had 17 points and six assists.

Clint Capela vs Karl-Anthony Towns - After his outstanding 24-point Game 1, Capela has been a less involved part of the Rockets offense over the past couple of games.

But it might have been Rose that got the Target Center most excited, showing burst and athleticism not often seen since his knees started failing him en route to 17 points in just 21 minutes off the bench. But the game was too close for comfort because no else on the Rockets came to play. The Rockets are averaging 106 points per 100 possessions during the first-round series, a mediocre number. Towns had by far his best game of the series with 18 points, 16 rebounds and two blocks as Minnesota cut its series deficit to 2-1 with a dominant 121-105 win to keep hope alive in Minneapolis of a competitive series. But, they are coming off a very lopsided Game 3 loss.

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Razzie dazzle playmaker and Indiana-native Jeff Teague contributed 23 points and 8 assists, Andrew Wiggins chipped in with 20 rebounds, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Houston shot the ball a little better in Game 3, but they allowed Minnesota to shoot 50 percent from the floor and 55.6 percent from beyond the arc. Houston shot just 10-of-37 (27 percent) from 3-point range. They should expect Mike D'Antoni to construct a comeback based on serious contributions from James Harden and Chris Paul. The Rockets will need to find another gear if they're going to be a serious championship contender.

Bench play - It seems unusual to say, but the Timberwolves' bench has outplayed their Rockets counterparts in two out of the three games.

But Minnesota's win was about more than their big three scorers.

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