Harden rallies Rockets to 87-84 over Timberwolves

Harden rallies Rockets to 87-84 over Timberwolves
December 26, 2012, 10:38 pm
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 26: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets drives to the basket against Kevin Love #42 of the Minnesota Timberwolves on December 26, 2012 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) James Harden scored 17 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, and the Houston Rockets rallied to win their fifth straight, 87-84 over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.

Harden's drive to the basket gave Houston (16-12) an 85-84 lead with 39 seconds left. He drove again to make it a three-point lead with 11.7 seconds to go and scored 15 of the Rockets' final 17 points.

Omer Asik added nine points and 17 rebounds for the Rockets, who edged the Wolves after beating their previous three opponents by at least 22 points.

Alexey Shved shot an airball on a 3-point attempt at the buzzer that could have tied it for the Timberwolves.

J.J. Barea scored 18 for Minnesota (13-13), and Shved added 16. Kevin Love had 12 rebounds, but scored just seven points on 3 of 14 shooting. He missed all seven of his 3-point attempts.