How do Rockets match up against Timberwolves?

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Ahead of the highly anticipated first round clash between Houston Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves, let us take an in-depth look at how both teams stack up. Chris Paul added two free throws after that for Houston, but a tip-in by Karl-Anthony Towns got Minnesota back within 3. Not only are they one of only two teams to make over 1,000 threes this season but they have made nearly twice as many threes per game as the Timberwolves have.

While the Wolves may feel a desire to reflect on their accomplishment, the real work begins Sunday night, when they head south to face the team with the best record in the National Basketball Association, the Houston Rockets.

Houston Rockets forward/center Ryan Anderson (ankle) is "50-50" to play in Game 1 on Sunday against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Rockets had the NBA's best regular season record at 65-17 and won all four meetings with the Wolves handily.

Houston average 122 points per game against the T-wolves, with an average margin of victory of 15 points.

The Timberwolves had a one-point lead with about seven minutes left when Houston used a 9-0 run, with the last seven points from Harden, to make it 94-86 with about four minutes to go.

The Minnesota Timberwolves look to build on their momentum after winning five of their last seven games to clinch a playoff spot on Wednesday.

For the Timberwolves Andrew Wiggins led the way with 18 points, with Derrick Rose (16) and Jamal Crawford (15) pitching in off the bench. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 109.5 points on 47.6 percent shooting and allowing 107.3 points on 47.5 percent shooting.

Timberwolves will have to go on the offensive right from the start to have a chance of beating the Rockets. Butler is now 0 for 12 this season in the final 10 seconds when the Wolves are tied or losing by three or less.

The Rockets are above average offensively: they are 2 in the league with 112.4 points per game. Eric Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and Clint Capela is grabbing 10.8 rebounds.

The Wolves didn't get enough from their big guns to contend with a team that possesses the firepower Houston has.

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