James Harden is unstoppable: drops 44 pts against Timberwolves

The Houston Rockets needed all 44 of the probable MVP's point production, as well as Clint Capela's 24 points. The rest of the team was 14-of-42 from the field.

Kahron Spearman

On a night the Houston Rockets really needed their superstar, he came through, and then some.


James Harden netted 44 points, leading the Rockets' roaring fourth-quarter scramble that enabled them to stretch past the Minnesota Timberwolves, 104-101, during Game 1 of the first-round playoff series on Sunday night.


They were seemingly trying to give it away. A bad Chris Paul turnover turned into a Jimmy Butler attempt from 21 feet with 1.5 seconds left, which missed and secured the win. 

Honestly I was just trying to be aggressive and make the right play. I think if you have that aggressive mindset, good things will happen.

The top-seeded Rockets made only 10 of 37 from three. Harden shot 7 for 12; however, Trevor Ariza, P.J. Tucker, Eric Gordon and Paul combined to make just 3 of their 22 tries.


Clint Capela shined down low for Houston, provided a needed secondary threat to Harden's explosive outside shooting. The center finished with 24 points, 12 boards, and three blocks. 


He also led a defensive attack that kept Wolves center Karl-Anthony Towns to just eight points in 40 minutes.