Rockets crush T'Wolves to get in win columnNov 8, 2010 - 6:26 AM
Jordan Hill provided 14 points off the bench for the Rockets, who dropped their opening five games and were the NBA's last winless team. Yao Ming scored 13 in a little under 17 minutes.
Houston, which made 39-of-47 free throws, recorded its 12th consecutive victory over Minnesota.
"It was just good to get a win after all this time, we've been so close," said Rockets head coach Rick Adelman. "To come out and get one, maybe we can start moving in the other direction."
Kevin Love had 16 points and 16 boards to pace the Timberwolves, who have lost five in a row.
"We continue to make mistakes in areas where we've worked on it since training camp," said Minnesota head coach Kurt Rambis. "They're not together. They're not unified as a team yet. We're still making simple mistakes on pick-and-roll coverages that we see every single day."
Houston took control with a run late in the first quarter. Already ahead by five, the Rockets got two foul shots from Courtney Lee before Chase Budinger sank two from the line on a flagrant foul. Lee followed with a three, and Chuck Hayes got a layup to fall to cap the nine-point burst.
Corey Brewer followed with a jumper to end the frame and get Minnesota within 26-14, but Houston maintained control in the second. Yao scored 11 in the quarter while Martin had 12 points, including a three that capped a seven- point flurry and had the Rockets ahead 52-30 with 3:03 left.
Houston took a 60-37 lead to the break.
Scola's 13 points powered the Rockets in the third quarter, after which they held a 97-67 advantage, allowing them to cruise to the finish.
Nikola Pekovic had 12 points and 11 boards off the bench for the Timberwolves, who got 15 points from Michael Beasley. Brewer ended with 10 points...Minnesota had 17 turnovers, compared to seven for the Rockets...The Timberwolves continue their three-game road trip Tuesday in Los Angeles against the Lakers...Houston next embarks on a three-game trip, starting Wednesday in Washington.
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