Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA: The Houston Rockets inability to defend 3-point line cost them Game 3 as the Minnesota Timberwolves drained an NBA Playoffs franchise record 15 threes to protect home court for a 121-105 win, making it a 2-1 series. Saturday night’s NBA Playoffs Western Conference First Round win by Timberwolves, at the Target center in Minneapolis, is their first playoff victory in 14 years.
The Timberwolves nailed 55.6 percent of their shots from deep, while also making 50 percent of their total field goal attempts in Game 3.
The lack of defense around the 3-point line was evident as well, especially during the fourth quarter when the Rockets cut the Timberwolves lead down to nine with just under seven minutes remaining.
Jimmy Butler hit four 3-pointers Among His 28 points as he led the Timberwolves in scoring.
It was 69-54 home team in the second half. There were 89 combined points from Minnesota’s foursome of Jeff Teague, Towns, Wiggins and Butler, with an energized Rose scoring 17 like it was 2011.
The Rockets were outscored 35-24 in the third quarter, and were never able to fully bounce back from it.
Seven different Minnesota players connected from downtown, while both Butler and Andrew Wiggins went 4-of-6 from outside and Teague made 3-of-5 attempts.
The defense around the arc has to be better for number one seeded Houston in Game 4 on Monday, even if it’s unrealistic to expect the Timberwolves to hit anywhere close to this many threes in a single game moving forward.