The Minnesota Timberwolves had a good offensive showing from Jimmy Butler, but it wasn't enough as the Wolves simply couldn't keep up with the Houston Rockets from beyond the arc Thursday night as they lost their second straight by a score of 116-98.
1. The Wolves shooting was poor in this match-up. The Wolves shot just 46.9 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from beyond the arc, and a mortifying 66.7 percent from the free throw line. Karl-Anthony Towns was the worst from beyond the arc, as he went 1-7 from three (but 10-19 from the field) and 1-2 at the line on his way to scoring 22 points. Jamal Crawford was 0-3 from beyond the arc and 0-6 for the game.
2. Meanwhile, the Rockets went off from the arc, specifically with Eric Gordon's sweet stroke as he nearly matched the Wolves as a team from three, hitting 7-13 from three, on his way to a 30-point performance off the bench. In addition, Luc Mbah a Moute went 4-6, and Chris Paul was 4-8, as the team shot 39 threes and made 17, good for 43.6 percent from the arc.
3. Lastly the Wolves got beat in the paint as they gave up 48 points in the painted area and only scored 46, while losing the rebounding battle as well, getting out-rebounded 50-48.
1. Despite his poor performance from the arc, Towns was the lone Timberwolves' starter to have a positive plus/minus in this game. Towns finished with 22 points, with 16 rebounds, three assists, five blocks and two steals, with zero turnovers.
2. Tyus Jones also had a good performance from the bench as he hit 3-5 three-pointers as he scored 13 in this game.
3. Lastly, the Wolves did a great job of moving the ball around, as they garnered assists on 24-38 made field goals, meaning the Wolves assisted on 63.1 percent of their made field goals.
The Wolves return home Saturday before hitting the road once again, as they host the 30-13 Toronto Raptors at 8 p.m. from the Target Center in Minneapolis.