Rockets handle T'wolves for ninth straight win

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Published 10:41 p.m. ET Feb. 13, 2018 | Updated 5:12 a.m. ET Feb. 14, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Whenever the Minnesota Timberwolves threatened, the Houston Rockets had an answer.

It usually came from long range.

The Rockets hit 10 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 126-108 victory on Tuesday night, extending their winning streak to nine.

“I knew we were making our shots, but that fourth quarter, that’s what we’re capable of,” said Rockets guard James Harden. “I think it was a four-point game and we went on a 12-0. That’s how fast it was.”

Harden had 34 points, 13 assists and six rebounds. Ryan Anderson scored 21 points off the bench as the Rockets (43-13) snapped Minnesota’s 13-game home winning streak and pulled within a half-game of the Golden State Warriors for the best record in the NBA. Houston has won 16 of its last 18 games.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 35 points and 12 rebounds in Minnesota’s first home loss since Dec. 16 against Phoenix. Jeff Teague added 25 points and eight assists, and Jamal Crawford came off the bench to score 11 points after…

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