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NBA - - ​Rockets pull improbable OT win over stunned Wolves​


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MINNEAPOLIS - ​A golden performance turned into a disappointing silver finish for the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night when they surrendered a 12-point lead with 2:19 left in the fourth quarter and lost to the Houston Rockets in overtime, 111-109, at the Target Center.

​Rockets All-Star James Harden fired 10 points of his 28 points in overtime to put a bow on Minnesota's stunning collapse.

​Trailing 93-81 with 2:19 to go, the Rockets exploded with a 14-2 run which was powered by two triples apiece from Ryan Anderson and Trevor Ariza. Eric Gordon's layup ​made it 95-all, forcing overtime.

Anderson ​finished with ​28 points ​while Harden carded 13 assists and 9 rebounds as the Rockets climbed to No.3 in the Western Conference. Gordon shared 20​ points, ​Ariza had 11 and Clint Capela ​added ​10 points.

"Yeah, I'm so confident in this team. I don't ever see us out of a game," Harden ​told reporters in a post-game ​interview.

Karl-Anthony Towns ​paced ​the Timberwolves wit​h​ 41 points​,​ 15 rebounds and 5 assists​. The gentle giant swished ​15 of 28​ from the field and ​ 10 of 12 from the ​free throw line​. Zach LaVine had 24 poin​t​s​ while ​ Andrew Wiggins ​added 13.​​

​"​We just let one go, that's it. We just have to move on to the the next game and get ready." ​a dejected ​Towns said​.​

"There was a lot of points where I'm thinking, `We're in trouble," ​Rockets ​coach Mike D'Antoni said. "The guys, that's where the chemistry comes in, and the will to win, the will to get things right and bounce back."

​Minnesota led by as many as 17 and the game featured 9 tied and 11 lead changes.​

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The Minnesota Timberwolves (7-19} stay home ​to ​host the Phoenix Suns on ​December 20 ​while the Houston Rockets head​ ​home and ​to face ​the San Antonio Spurs on ​December 21​.

Photo: Houston Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni speaks to reporters after the Wolves game.


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