Gordon closed out a big third quarter by hitting a buzzer-beating three-pointer off the glass from a step behind the half-court line. After hitting the shot under heavy pressure from
Gordon's three-pointer helped the Rockets finish the third quarter on a 16-4 run to take an 89-70 lead into the fourth with their largest advantage of the game. Gordon made 11 of 19 shots, including seven of 13 from three, and fell just short of his season-high 33 points against Utah on Dec. 18.
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Along with Ariza, reserve guard Gerald Green was also serving the first of a two-game suspension for the altercation with the Clippers.
The Timberwolves struggled to contain Houston's 3-point shooting. The Rockets hit 17 of 39 from beyond the arc (43.6 percent), improving to 24-4 when making at least 15 threes. Minnesota has lost back-to-back games following a five-game winning streak.
Houston led Minnesota 26-17 at the end of the first and extended the lead to 63-50 at halftime, thanks in large part to closing out the second quarter on a 17-7 run in the final three minutes.
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