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Saturday, November 23rd (All times Eastern)

Minnesota Timberwolves (8-6) at Houston Rockets (8-5), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Houston Rockets hope to get back into the winner's circle Saturday night when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves at Toyota Center.

Houston had a three-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday with a 123-120 road loss to the Dallas Mavericks. Sadly, that wasn't close to the most points allowed this season by the Rockets. That would be the 137 the Los Angeles Clippers posted on Nov. 4.

"We never could get a handle on them. All game long they were scoring," said Houston head coach Kevin McHale. "We just couldn't get them stopped the whole game. Dirk (Nowitzki) and (Monta) Ellis got what they wanted."

Nowitzki had 35 points, while Ellis scored 37. The Mavericks shot 58.3 percent from the field and 50 percent from beyond the 3-point line.

Houston hoisted up 31 3-point attempts and made only 12 of them. The Rockets did shoot 55 percent from the field and were paced by Dwight Howard, who scored 33 points and pulled down 11 rebounds.

James Harden managed 23 points, followed by 21 and 11 assists for Chandler Parsons. Terrence Jones is thriving in the starting lineup, scoring 18 points on Wednesday. Omar Casspi chipped in 11 off the bench.

Minnesota will play two straight and four of five road games, and has lost three in a row away from the Twin Cities. In Friday's 111-81 home win over the Brooklyn Nets, all five starters scored in double figures and Kevin Love led the way with 17 points and 16 rebounds.

Kevin Martin also scored 17 points, while Corey Brewer and Nikola Pekovic scored 15 points apiece for the Wolves, who scored 22 points off 20 Brooklyn turnovers. Ricky Rubio had 12 points and eight assists.

"We had 28 assists and eight turnovers. It was a good win," said Minnesota coach Rick Adelman. "We needed to get this one before we go on the road and they went out and got it."

The win snapped a two-game slide for Minnesota.

Houston took two of three from the T'Wolves last season, but has dropped four of the last six encounters. Minnesota has captured three of the last four in Houston.

11/23 10:27:33 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 100
ORL 105
 
Half
DUKE 36
TEMPL 26
 
Final
CHA 100
ORL 105
 
Final
PHI 96
PHO 122
Final
ATL 99
DET 89
 
Final
TOR 124
MIL 83
 
Final
MEM 117
BOS 100
 
4th
OKC 90
BRK 93
 
Final
WAS 91
CLE 78
 
Final
MIN 92
SAN 121
 
4th
DAL 112
LAL 84
 
3rd
DEN 63
NOP 53
 
10:30pm Tonight
POR
CHI
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
UTA
1:00pm Today
BUF 0
KSU 0
3rd
RICE 17
UTEP 6
 
2nd
SDST 13
AFA 0
 
2nd
UTST 7
SJST 0
 
Final
COC 50
TEXAM 59
Final
DREX 70
USC 72
Final
GWEBB 72
CLEM 70
Final
MIAMI 79
AKR 51
Final
UCONN 75
DAY 64
Final
NEV 60
SHU 68
Final
LONG 81
UNCG 79
Final
ARKPB 46
VALPO 59
 
Final
WVU 70
BC 66
Final
TOWS 58
CCST 49
 
Final
YALE 70
ILLCH 58
 
Final
IOWA 63
SYR 66
 
Final
HAMP 82
ALCOR 69
 
Final
ODU 70
LSU 61
Final
KENT 89
BU 65
 
Final
SCAR 63
CHAR 65
 
Final
UVA 59
GWU 42
Final
WCU 72
HIWASSEE 53
 
Final
GT 78
MAST 69
 
Final
RIDE 78
LEH 74
 
Final
MSU 87
LOYC 52
 
Final
CMICH 76
MAINE 48
 
7:00pm Tonight
BUF 0
MNTST 0
 
Final
BAY 60
PVU 45
 
Final
HOF 66
USB 65
 
Final
OREG 78
TOL 68
 
Final
UGA 82
TROY 60
 
Final
STAN 89
UNLV 60
 
Final
FAIR 36
WOFF 54
 
Final
EMICH 71
YOUNG 62
 
Final
MON 73
COOK 50
 
Final
FIU 74
FLMEM 48
 
Final
KSU 74
SILL 51
 
Final
CAL 55
TEX 71
 
Final
GMAS 58
NMU 69
 
Final
ILL 107
PEAY 66
 
Final
ARK 99
DELST 71
 
Final
MCNST 85
JCHR 70
 
Final
NDST 68
KNST 55
 
Final
OKST 82
UWMIL 68
 
Final
LATU 73
MORE 64
 
Final
SDKST 74
NDAK 72
 
Final
XAV 81
STEPH 63
 
Final
UF 61
LAMON 56
 
2nd
WAKE 65
IONA 75
 
2nd
GRCN 48
FAM 26
 
2nd
COLST 55
UGST 56
 
2nd
WASU 46
IDST 41
 
2nd
WEBER 30
ILLST 44
 
2nd
AUB 52
LALAF 44
 
2nd
LOU 43
MARS 31
 
2nd
ORST 30
ORU 20
 
2nd
SD 36
SHSU 36
 
2nd
UTAH 62
UCR 28
 
Half
DUKE 36
TEMPL 26
 
Half
CORN 37
PSU 28
 
1st
CPSL 15
DEL 13
 
1st
SEAT 9
WASH 5
 
10:30pm Tonight
LBSU
KYST
10:35pm Tonight
AMER
PBY
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
PITT
Final
CLB 3
BOS 4
 
Final
PIT 4
NYI 5
 
7:00pm Tonight
BUF 0
NYR 0
 
1st Intermission
EDM 0
NJD 0