Harden's triple-double helps Rockets edge Timberwolves

Buddy Hield scored a career-high 30 points in the Sacramento Kings' 129-104 win against the Phoenix Suns, the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 108-96, while the Denver Nuggets upstaged the Dallas Mavericks 109-91.

Karl-Anthony Towns had a remarkable first season in which he won Rookie of the Year last year, but his sophomore season has been incredible. Harden is the only player ever to score more than 2,000 points, hand out at least 900 dimes and pull down at least 600 boards in a season.

James Harden triple doubled (ZOMFGTRIPLEDOUBLEZMVP!), putting in 27 points on a smoothly efficient 8 for 13 from the field, to go along with 12 assists, 10 rebounds and 4 steals to lead the Rockets to their final regular season victory.

Karl-Anthony Towns blossomed into a superstar earlier than anyone expected, finishing with astronomical statistics for his 2016 sophomore campaign.

"The challenge for us is we have to continue to build winning habits each and every day", Thibodeau said. But the Timberwolves never led by more than three points and the Thunder answered right back to set up the back-and-forth finish. But Houston scored the lead eight points of the quarter, led by 3-pointers from Lou Williams and Harden, to extend the lead to 95-81 entering the fourth. The achievement that may hit most close to home for Karl, becoming the first ever National Basketball Association player to eclipse the 2,000 point scoring mark in history.

Taken with the first overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft out of the University of Kentucky, Towns has combined with forward Andrew Wiggins to become the new faces of the Timberwolves. Point guard Ricky Rubio added 14 points and 10 assists.

Thibodeau on Harden: "Obviously the individual part of it is unbelievable, but it is also what he has done for the team. He not only brought out the best out of himself but he brought the best out of the team".

The No. 6 seed Oklahoma City Thunder will match-up against the No. 3 seed Houston Rockets in the First Round of the 2017 NBA Western Conference Playoffs, it was announced today.

The Rockets did push the gap to as many as 19, though the Wolves finished the game on a 19-5 run.

  • Julie Sanders