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Game Notes found below
The Rockets got roughed up right from the start in the first quarter. Kevin Garnett scored 11 points and the Rockets turned it over 6 times in the period as the 'Pups took a 28-16 lead after one.
Walt Williams led the Rockets with 7 points while Cuttino Mobley had 5, but he missed 5 of his 7 shots.
The second quarter started out real bad. Threes rained and after a Chauncey Billups WIDE OPEN 20-footer, the lead was 38-20 for Minnesota and a disgusted Rudy called a timeout.
Eddie Griffin helped the Rockets cut the lead some. He nailed a three, and on a sweet play, Terence Morris found Griffin on a backdoor cut for a wide open slam, and the score was 44-31.
After two straight buckets by Minnesota, Rudy T screamed at the refs for a bad no-call, and he got a technical. Then he had to be held back by trainer Keith Jones and the other assistants and the ref T'ed him up again, tossing him from the action. At that point, Rudy went ballistic and the coaches didn't just hold him back, they pushed him towards the locker room. 48-31 Minnesota.
Terrell Brandon energized the team and boosted the lead out to 54-35. But the Rockets closed on a 7-2 run and at halftime, it was 56-42 Minnesota.
In the first half alone, the Rockets committed 16 turnovers, resulting in 20 Minnesota points. Brandon led the Wolves with 13 while Garnett added 11. Walt Williams led the Rocks with 10 while Eddie Griffin was right behind him with 9 (4-6 shooting).
Minnesota kept the pressue on early, but after Walt Williams nailed a jumper, then Mobley a three and a 17-footer, it was down to 63-52 Minnesota.
But the rally ended. Minnesota scored 4 quick points, then Wally Szczerbiak scored 8 straight and the Rockets had to call timeout, down 75-59. At this point, the difference in fast break points is 22 to ZERO in favor of the Wolves.
Believe it or not, Cato became a big boost. He scored 10 points in the third quarter, including a pair of vicious slams. After Mobley hit a triple and Cato got a deuce on a fast break, the lead was down to 10. After three, it was 85-75.
Mobley had 21 through three and Walt had 15. Garnett and Szczerbiak had 18 each for Minnesota.
Right off the bat to start the fourth, Mobley missed a jumper off the baseline, and Cato flew in over his man and threw it down something fierce, but he fell backwards on the court awkwardly, holding his wrist in pain. In pain, he motioned to the bench for help and it looked like the Rockets were about to suffer another big injury. But he was OK .... didn't even come out of the game.
But the Rockets weren't OK. They never got closer from there as the Wolves kept the Rockets at bay in the fourth.