50-POINT EXPLOSION!

Rockets drop fifty on Wolves in third, take 3-1 series lead

We've been waiting all series for the Rockets' offense to show up, mired in a slump from long range. Hit some threes and everything would change for Houston. The troubles continued in the first half Monday night, but then came the third quarter. James Harden exploded for 22 of his 36 points and Chris Paul added 15 of his 25 as the Rockets scored 50 points in a single period as the Rockets cruised from there with a 119-100 win, taking a 3-1 series lead. The output is the highest ever for a third quarter in the playoffs and the second-highest scoring quarter in NBA playoff history, trailing only a 51-point quarter by the Lakers (in 1962!). The Rockets were up by one at half before outscoring the Wolves by thirty in the third, blowing it open. Harden overcame an 0-for-7 first quarter, going 12-19 the rest of the way to score 34 points in his final 23 minutes. Paul was brilliant as well, hitting 3-3 from distance in the third. And more good news was Eric Gordon finally showed up in the series, scoring 18 points and hitting 4-10 from deep off the bench. Game 5 is Wednesday night in Houston.

Houston Rockets News

MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2018
Hit some open threes and everything will change for Rockets By Clutch
The Rockets are struggling from long range in their first-round series and it starts with that open corner three.
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SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2018
Houston Rockets 2018 Playoff Intro Video By Clutch
Before Game 1 against Minnesota, the Rockets ran their new player intro video for the 2018 Playoffs.
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THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2018
Basketball: The Musical By Jeff Balke
Daryl Morey’s Small Ball is complicated, subtle and really, really funny.
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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2018
The Rockets will host the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first round of the playoffs By Clutch
Houston was 4-0 this year against Minnesota, winning by an average margin of 16+ points.
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TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2018
Luc Mbah a Moute dislocates right shoulder in game against Lakers By Clutch
With nothing to play for, the Rockets just needed to stay healthy... but they took a major blow with Mbah a Moute suffering a shoulder injury.
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TUESDAY, APRIL 3, 2018
Daryl Morey Takes Small Ball to the Stage By Jeff Balke
Rockets GM combines love of basketball and musical theater in new Catastrophic Theatre production.
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SUNDAY, APRIL 1, 2018
How the West playoff matchups could best align for the Rockets By Clutch
There's nothing left for the Rockets to play for, but there's still plenty for Houston fans to watch for in the Western Conference.
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THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2018
It's official! The Rockets have clinched the No. 1 Seed in Western Conference By Clutch
The Houston Rockets -- not the Golden State Warriors -- own homecourt advantage throughout the West playoffs.
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