Timberwolves sink Rockets 121-105 in Game 3

Timberwolves sink Rockets 121-105 in Game 3

Timberwolves sink Rockets 121-105 in Game 3

The Minnesota Timberwolves host the Houston Rockets in game 4 of their Western Conference Playoff series on Monday night.

Jimmy Butler scored 28 points as the Timberwolves blasted the Rockets 121-105 in Game Three of their first round playoff series at the Target Center. Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Rockets-Timberwolves spread you need to be all over, and what critical stat determines the outcome, all from the renowned data scientist on a 21-10 run picking Rockets games.

It may seem harsh, but guard James Harden didn't dispute the assessment, agreeing that the team hasn't been in rhythm for a while.

But it was the Rockets' defense that failed them on Saturday as the Timberwolves looked more like the Rockets from distance, hitting 15-of-27 (55.6 percent) of their three-pointers while shooting 50 percent from the field. Harden had a awful shooting performance in Game 2 (2-of-18 from the floor), but Paul starred with 27 points and eight assists.

In Game 1, the Rockets were able to pull off a 104-101 win behind James Harden's 44 points and 8 assists.

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The Rockets finished with the best regular-season record in the National Basketball Association this time out, with Mike D'Antoni side boasting a 65-win campaign. Four starters had three or more assists seven players had multiple assists.

A triple-double from Ricky Rubio carried Utah to a comfortable Game 3 win and a surprising 2-1 series lead, causing Russell Westbrook to make some bold proclamations about shutting down Rubio in Game 4.

The Rockets can't simply rely on their offense to win this series. Clint Capela, who was big in the first two games, finished with seven points and 11 rebounds. Jeff Teague went off for 23 points and eight assists on 9-of-14 shooting. But the game was too close for comfort because no else on the Rockets came to play. In victories this season, they're averaging 115 points on 47 percent shooting, while allowing just 101.8 points.

As for the Wolves, Butler and Towns have the highest fantasy upside if they continue to play like they did in Game 3.

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