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Rocket rally blasts them past Timberwolves

MINNEAPOLIS - The Houston Rockets rode the hot hand of James Harden as they rallied from 14 down in the third quarter to edge out the Minnesota Timberwolves last night 87-84 at Target Center.

Harden, the fourth leading scorer in the NBA, poured in 17 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter as the Rockets won their fifth straight game.

Kevin Love was back for Minnesota, but shot just 3-14 for seven points, though he did grab 12 rebounds. The Wolves got 18 off the bench from J.J. Barea and 16 from rookie Alexy Shved but saw their five game home winning streak come to an end.

The crowd of 20,340 was the third largest in Target Center history. Minnesota wraps up their two-game homestand Saturday against the Phoenix Suns.