The Minnesota Timberwolves probably aren’t getting out of the first round. But on Saturday night, they would beat down the Rockets in Game 3 of their series. And now they find themselves down just 2-1 with a bit of momentum. So, what went wrong for the Rockets last night? Well, as it turns out, a whole lot of things.
Karl-Anthony Towns would bounce back with 18 points and 16 rebounds, but that’s far from all. Jimmy Butler would bury four three-point shots en route to a 28-point performance. Jeff Teague put up 23 points while Andrew Wiggins chipped in with 20. But the biggest number of the night? 55.6%. Or, 15, depending on how you want to look at it.
On Saturday night, the Timberwolves would bury 55.6% of their three-point attempts, knocking down 15-of-27 from beyond the arc. And let’s not forget about Derrick Rose, who put up 17 points in 21 minutes on 8-of-16 shooting. Needless to say, everyone on the Timberwolves stepped up Saturday night.
And while James Harden still just shot 9-of-21 from the field, he did post 29 points with seven assists and rebounds apiece. But even with a better shooting performance, it may not have mattered. The Timberwolves couldn’t miss Saturday night.
Now they have a chance to even up the series.