James Harden too much for Wolves in Game 1

Annette Crawford
April 16, 2018

Or, more specifically, James Harden did. Andrew Wiggins is a stud for the games he shows up and plays focused.

Throughout the game, the Wolves challenged Houston's shooters, who led the National Basketball Association in three-point attempts and makes per game.

While Harden was on fire, the rest of the Rockets struggled from the three-point line.

Houston overall finished the game shooting under 30 percent from deep. When KAT received the ball in the post against the Rockets, he averaged 1.34 points per possession - and that's not necessarily just against Harden.

Houston average 122 points per game against the T-wolves, with an average margin of victory of 15 points.

Minnesota led by a basket after a jump shot by Towns with about two minutes left in the quarter.

In the last regular season meeting between the two teams in March, Gerald Green was ejected in the fourth quarter for coming to Chris Paul's defense after Minnesota's Gorgui Dieng pushed Paul down after a foul. With the Rockets up by one with just over five minutes remaining, Houston's superstar drove to the basket to put them up 89-86. Karl-Anthony Towns went 3-for-9 with eight points and Butler scored just 13 points on 4-for-11 shooting.

Jeff Teague flirted with a triple-double (15 points, nine rebounds, eight assists) while Derrick Rose added 16 points off the bench for Minnesota. All 22 of the experts peg the Rockets to win the series, and a whopping 10 of them think Houston will complete a four-game sweep.

Wolves-Rockets? A less than one percent chance of finishing with a Minnesota victory, according to Pelton, even though he recognizes the Wolves as "atypically good" for an eight-seed. Harden, who also had a steal in that span, capped the run with a 3-pointer that prompted Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau to call a timeout.

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