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[MINNESOTA] — The Minnesota Timberwolves played host to the Houston Rockets last night and Wolves fans will wish that they could have another crack at this one. The narrow 118-123 defeat was and still is a tough one to swallow. The loss bumps Minnesota's record down to 31-51 on the season, while the victory gives Houston a 55-27 total on the year. Though the loss stings nonetheless, Timberwolves fans can take solace in the fact that the club's offensive output was above and beyond what the team has displayed so far this season. It may not help come playoff time, but there are worse things than being outplayed by a solid opponent.

Team results aside, a monster night from James Harden is all that fans will be talking about as they process the contest. Harden pumped out a stat line of 27 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists, 1 blocks and 4 steals in 35 minutes on the night, quantifiable proof of his place among the top tier of NBA players. Most importantly, the Rockets managed to prevail where it mattered most and will happily add another victory to their season total. So long as Harden keeps producing at this rate and Houston keeps winning ball games, everybody - from fantasy owners to the team coaching and executive staff - will be more than satisfied.

Though Minnesota didn't end up getting it done when it mattered most, Karl-Anthony Towns did walk away with the small consolation of an attractive 28 points, 21 rebounds and 3 assists. Whether another bright individual performance can help them get the result they want on the scoreboard next time, however, remains to be seen.

From a personal standpoint, Ryan Anderson made his presence felt from beyond the arc, toying with defenders all night long and connecting on an impressive 6 bombs. Putting a stop to any NBA calibre talent is no easy task, but even more so when they're red-hot from beyond three-point range.

It's game like this where it's clear that they can't all be victories. Though the Timberwolves would come out of this one empty handed they can rest assured that they did their jobs on the defensive end. Should Minnesota maintain their defensive fortitude, it's likely that they'll find their way back into the win column soon enough.

The loss hurts for the homeside but they'll get their opportunity to regain ground in a pending matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Rockets, meanwhile, will set their sights on a run-in with the .

Timberwolves Stats

Roster P R A B S M
K. Towns282130136
K. Dunn102162132
T. Jones17471228
S. Muhammad22210222
A. Wiggins21230130
G. Dieng6820027
O. Casspi4320019
B. Rush8220024
C. Aldrich2400015
A. Payne011005
G. Smith010016

Rockets Stats

Roster P R A B S M
J. Harden2710121435
C. Capela221023130
P. Beverley101070331
T. Ariza15561138
R. Anderson20240032
E. Gordon11321027
L. Williams7540125
J. Smith4050316
N. Hilario9201117
A. Goudelock201017
T. Williams200003
B. Brown000001
I. Taylor000001
K. Wiltjer000001
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