Green leads Houston against Minnesota after 41-point game

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Friday, January 20, 2023

Houston Rockets (10-35, 15th in the Western Conference) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (23-24, eighth in the Western Conference)

Minneapolis; Saturday, 8 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Houston plays the Minnesota Timberwolves after Jalen Green scored 41 points in the Rockets' 122-117 loss to the Charlotte Hornets.

The Timberwolves are 14-15 in Western Conference games. Minnesota is seventh in the league with 54.6 points in the paint led by Rudy Gobert averaging 10.2.

The Rockets are 5-26 in Western Conference play. Houston ranks second in the league with 13.1 offensive rebounds per game led by Alperen Sengun averaging 3.3.

The teams meet for the third time this season. The Timberwolves won 104-96 in the last meeting on Jan. 9. D'Angelo Russell led the Timberwolves with 22 points, and Kevin Porter Jr. led the Rockets with 25 points.

TOP PERFORMERS: Russell is averaging 17.2 points and 6.2 assists for the Timberwolves. Anthony Edwards is averaging 23.7 points, six rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.7 steals over the past 10 games for Minnesota.

Green is shooting 32.7% from beyond the arc with 2.5 made 3-pointers per game for the Rockets, while averaging 21.9 points and 3.6 assists. Porter is averaging 15.9 points and 4.4 assists over the past 10 games for Houston.

LAST 10 GAMES: Timberwolves: 7-3, averaging 118.9 points, 38.1 rebounds, 25.8 assists, 8.4 steals and 5.2 blocks per game while shooting 51.1% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 115.5 points per game.

Rockets: 0-10, averaging 109.0 points, 44.7 rebounds, 23.5 assists, 5.9 steals and 4.9 blocks per game while shooting 45.2% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 123.0 points.

INJURIES: Timberwolves: Karl-Anthony Towns: out (calf), Rudy Gobert: day to day (groin), Austin Rivers: day to day (knee), Jordan McLaughlin: out (calf).

Rockets: Kevin Porter Jr.: day to day (foot).


The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.