A spirited comeback by the Wolves fell short Sunday night at home against the NBA-leading Houston Rockets. Final score: Rockets 129, Wolves 120.
Impact on the playoff race
The loss, coupled with a win by New Orleans, pushes the Wolves to eighth place in the Western Conference – just 1.5 games ahead of the ninth-place Clippers, who could make it a 1 game with a win Sunday night over Portland.
Minnesota has a huge game looming Tuesday at home against the Clippers.
Houston went 4-0 over the Wolves in the regular season and as of now they're lined up to host Minnesota in the first round of the playoffs.
Houston led 77-56 at the half before the Wolves turned it on in the second half thanks to strong bench play from Jamal Crawford and Derrick Rose.
Crawford scored 20 on 8-of-12 shooting and Rose added 14 points in 18 minutes.
But it was James Harden killing the Wolves in the final 3 minutes of regulation, including a dagger 3-pointer to put the Rockets up 9 with 58.8 seconds to play. Harden scored 9 of Houston's final 11 points and finished with a game-high 34 points and 12 assists.