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After an impressive run, the Wolves open the doors home and home with the Rockets

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The injury report has been long and the recent schedule unforgiving, but for a team that disappointed during the first half of the schedule, the Minnesota Timberwolves He finally displayed some impressive pep on Thursday.

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Despite being ahead of the running backs Carl Anthony Towns (calf) and Rudy Gobert (groin) as well as backup guards Austin Rivers and Jordan McLaughlin, the Timberwolves rallied from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit and improved to 6-1 at home. This month with a 128-126 victory over the Toronto Raptors. Minnesota has won seven of its last 10 contests.

The Timberwolves will host Houston Rockets Saturday was the first of back-to-back games between the two teams, as the home-and-away games concluded on Monday in Houston.

After taking a late lead against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, the Timberwolves mustered the courage to take on Toronto. They did it with a team effort led by D’Angelo Russell, who scored 16 of his 25 points in the fourth, Anthony Edwards (23 points, seven assists, three steals) and Kyle Anderson, who scored 20 points, a 10-rebound double-double.

“All the credit goes to those guys, especially that unit that started,” Timberwolves coach Chris Finch said. “I got them back early and knew they were really tired. They’ve done an incredible job.”

While Minnesota shoots well throughout, with shooting splits of 50.6/42.5/91.3, it was the late game defense that saved the day against the Raptors.

Proving that the Timberwolves could limit Toronto to seven points through the final 9:45 without Joubert’s edge protection was a testament to their commitment, starting with Edwards’ on-the-ball effort down the stretch.

“The ant was special at the ball,” Finch said. “He and I had a conversation after the game (in Denver) about how we’ve gotten away with putting him on the ball so much, especially against high-powered opponents. We’ve been trying to save some of him but he needs to do that because he can be a defensive weapon for us. And we’re both on it.” board it.”

Anderson averaged 15.3 points, 10.7 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 2.3 steals over his last three games with Minnesota.

The Rockets lost their 12th straight game on Wednesday despite two sophomore building blocks, guard Jalen Green and quarterback Alperin Cengone, playing exceptionally well.

Houston suffered a 122-117 defeat to the Charlotte Hornets extending their home run to 10 games. Green tallied a career-high 41 points while grabbing five rebounds and handing out seven assists. Sengun added 24 points, 12 rebounds and six assists to continue a seven-game rip during which he averaged 19.1 points, 10.4 rebounds and 5.7 assists.

Unsurprisingly, sales volume offset production from Green and Sengun. The Rockets were last in the NBA in terms of turnover at 16.7 percent, picking up 20 points to Charlotte’s 29 and the Hornets’ rushing 26 points.

“They were obviously attacking Jalen and trying to get the ball out of his hands,” said Rockets coach Stephen Silas. “We didn’t make good decisions. They were aggressive in choosing him.

“There were some unforced transitions of, ‘Just throw it to the other team’ that hurt us.”

–Field Argument Level

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