Timberwolves must avoid sloppy turnovers in Game 3 vs. the Rockets

Mike D'Antoni, James Harden: Rockets not in good rhythm

Houston won the lone playoff series between the teams, taking a 3-0 series win over Minnesota in the first round of the 1997 National Basketball Association playoffs.

The Rockets only shot 36.5 percent from the floor and 30.8 percent from 3-point range in the second game of the series. James Harden led the way for the Rockets with 29 points on 9-for-21 shooting.

Clint Capela vs Karl-Anthony Towns - After his outstanding 24-point Game 1, Capela has been a less involved part of the Rockets offense over the past couple of games.

The Wolves only committed 10 turnovers the rest of the game - far from flawless, but at least majority were forced by solid Houston defense; James Harden and Chris Paul finished the game with three steals apiece.

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The Brazilian eventually found the back of the net when he headed in Yaya Toure's chipped pass. They added three in the second half and such was their total dominance, it could have been 10.

Last time they played at Target Center, the Minnesota Timberwolves clinched their first playoff berth since 2004. Derrick Rose pitched in with 17 points on 8-of-16 shooting off the bench. What was even more surprising was that the Wolves, not a great 3-point shooting team, made as many (15) as Houston did in Game 3.

Houston was on cruise control for much of the regular season, but they ran into a speed bump in game 3. The series will then shift to Houston for Game Five on Wednesday. Houston shot 45.7 percent from the field and hit 15 of their 41 three point attempts while going 16 of 25 at the line.

The Timberwolves rank fourth in points in the paint per game (49.1) while the Rockets rank 28th (40.8). Towns put together a solid showing in Game 3 but he did next to nothing in the first two games of the set. Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni admitted as much, saying the team took a win over the Wolves for granted and didn't match their intensity. The Timberwolves are battling but they'll need Towns to play more like he did in Game 3 as compared to the first two contests. But after that Game 2 defeat, they now have a reason to raise their game. Now, it's the Timberwolves who have all the momentum as their role players stepped up big in the pivotal Game 3 victory, so it'll be interesting to see if they can earn another win against the Rockets who have won 20 of the last 23 meetings.

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