Harden's triple-double blasts Rockets to victory over Wolves


James Harden's second triple-double of the season lifted the Houston Rockets to a 113-102 victory over the Timberwolves Monday night in Houston.

Harden was outstanding, finishing with 31 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. The highlight of the night for Harden may have been this play right before the end of the third quarter when he shook Ricky Rubio to drop this three-pointer:

Josh Smith added 17 points off the bench for the Rockets, before fouling out late and Terrence Jones chipped in 15.

The Wolves battled early and were even with the Rockets after the first half. But Minnesota cooled off in the second half and shot just 13 percent in the third quarter.

For the game the Wolves made just 33 percent of their shots from the floor – the 12th time this season Minnesota has shot less than 40 percent from the field.

Andrew Wiggins had a good night on his 20th birthday. He scored 30 points, breaking a league record for most points scored by a player in a game on his 20th birthday.

Kevin Martin added 21 and Ricky Rubio chipped in 14 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.

The Wolves (12-43) return to Target Center on Wednesday night to face the Washington Wizards in Kevin Garnett's return to the Timberwolves.

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