Wolves reach .500 in win over RocketsFeb 5, 2012 - 4:24 AM Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Kevin Love had 25 points and 18 rebounds Saturday and the Minnesota Timberwolves reached .500 for the first time this season with a 100-91 win over the Houston Rockets.
Outside of the first couple of games, the Timberwolves haven't been .500 since going 22-22 to start the 2006-07 season.
Luke Ridnour added 22 points while Ricky Rubio scored 13 with 11 assists for the Timberwolves, who have won five of seven.
Luis Scola and Kyle Lowry scored 24 points apiece for the Rockets and Patrick Patterson had 14 off the bench.
The Timberwolves snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Rockets at home and won for only the third time in the last 18 meetings overall. Their last home win over Houston came more than five years ago on January 7, 2007.
"Now we know what we have to do to beat them," said Minnesota's J.J. Barea, who had 10 points off the bench.
The Timberwolves shot better than 68 percent in the first quarter and carried a 33-25 lead into the second. They never trailed after that, and Rockets coach Kevin McHale said his team started out with no defensive intensity.
"We gave up 55 points in the first half," said McHale, whose team trailed 55-42 at the break. "That first quarter we gave them what they wanted and tried to battle back but we had one of those crazy nights."
"We missed layups. It was a bizarre night," said McHale. "We had a break late in the game and we threw it out of bounds."
The Rockets cut their deficit to single digits briefly in the middle of the third quarter and had it down to nine, 81-72, going into the fourth. They were within three as late as 5:16 remaining in the game, but a Nikola Pekovic layup and Ridnour three quickly had it back up to eight and Houston was never closer than six the rest of the way.
The Timberwolves started the 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons 1-1...The Rockets started a six-game road trip that also includes games against Denver, Portland, Phoenix, Golden State and Memphis.
- HOUSTON: 91
Feb 4 10:19 PM
- HOUSTON: 72
End of 3rd
Feb 4 9:52 PM
- HOUSTON: 42
Feb 4 9:06 PM
- HOUSTON: 25
End of 1st
Feb 4 8:38 PM
- HOUSTON: 0
1st Quarter - 12:00
Feb 4 8:12 PM
- Timberwolves will not retain Newton, Kander May 20
- Towns, Porzingis unanimously selected to All-Rookie 1st team May 19
- NBA China to open basketball-themed Playzone in Shanghai May 17
- After lots of losing, 76ers hope to win big in NBA lottery May 17
- Timberwolves' Towns is unanimous Rookie of the Year pick May 16
- T-wolves will send Towns with Flip's ring for lottery luck May 16
- Weekend Sports in Brief May 16
- AP Source: Karl-Anthony Towns is NBA Rookie of the Year May 15
- Zach LaVine wins NBA Cares Community Assist award for April May 9
- Rockets must find coach in wake of first-round ouster Apr 29
- Warriors reach second round with MVP Stephen Curry sidelined Apr 28
- Warriors roll into second round of playoffs without Curry Apr 28