After losing 19 points, the Timberwolves they were able to defeated the Rockets 107-101 thanks to a partial 20-0 in the last 7 minutes of the game and the great performance of the Spanish Juancho Hernangómez who was the second scorer for his team with 19 points from the bench.
The Wolves staged the comeback of the week thanks to the performance of Hernangómez and especially of center Karl-Anthony Towns (KAT), who had 29 points, 16 rebounds and 8 assists in addition to a block. The Wolves’ victory came despite Minnesota coach Chris Finch once again deciding to sit Anthony Edwards for much of the fourth quarter.
The performance of Hernangómez, who in addition to the 19 points got 9 rebounds and 1 assist after 28 minutes on the court, he left Edwards on the bench for the last 7 minutes of the game. Hernangómez, who has not had much time on the court this season, has scored 36 points in the last two games and has become a shock for his team. At the end of the game, Finch praised Hernangómez, of whom he said that “his level of activity is high, defensively he will always compete and he is not afraid to be there.”
The other Spaniard of the Timberwolves, the point guard Ricky Rubio, had a more discreet performance, with 2 points, 3 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 steals ball.
The Rockets blew in the final 7.31 minutes, missing all 14 shots they tried, a win that seemed clear from the middle of the second quarter. Christian Wood was the Rockets’ leading scorer, with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 1 assist, followed by Ben McLemore with 21 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal. One of those responsible for the collapse of the Rockets in the final minutes was point guard John Wall. Wall returned to the court with 7 minutes remaining and until the end of the game he missed all six shots he tried and lost two balls.
The game between the Timberwolves and the Rockets was seen as a desperate fight between the two worst teams in the seasonwith Minnesotans in last place and the Rockets immediately above.
The Wolves needed victory after losing the previous three games and took to the court wanting to take advantage of a team that is being almost as irregular as Minnesota. The first 12 minutes were in their favor, 33-29Thanks to the performance of Towns, who had 12 points in that first quarter. But the rest of the team was working. Finch had all nine available players play in the first quarter, and by the end of the period they all had at least one point under their belt. to the point that the rest of the 8 players. Meanwhile, in the Rockets the one who worked best was the center Christian Wood, who scored 10 points while Ben McLemore scored another 9.
But in the second period, the Timberwolves suffered another “blow” and only managed to score 21 points against 34 that the Rockets did. KAT dried up and only got 2 points, the same as Edwards. And poor Minnesota defense allowed all but one of the Houston players to score in the period. The break was reached with a 54-63 for the Rockets.
The time off did not sit well with the Wolves, who only scored 22 points in the third quarter, 10 of them from Hernangómez, for 28 from the Rockets, which widened the difference to 76-91 at the end of the period.
Everything suggested that the Wolves would add another defeat due to their mental fragility. But the miracle happened this time. The Rockets held the lead at around 14 points during the first five minutes of the fourth quarter. But in the absence of 7.31 to go, everything fell apart. Hernangómez caught an offensive rebound and received a personal one. The power forward made both free throws and opened the doors for the Wolves’ recovery. After a triple from KAT, Juancho made a dunk that ended up spurring on the Minnesota team. Towns assumed the leadership of his team and scored 12 points in those final 7 minutes. Wall tried to give him the reply from the Rockets but his lack of success ended up burying the Houston team.