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Houston Rockets Getting Inside 2009-11-20

Houston Rockets Getting Inside 2009-11-20The Rockets saw this coming and did not like what they saw.

A week ago, they did not realize what would hit them in Sacramento until it was too late to change the direction of that loss.

The Timberwolves are not playing nearly as well as the Kings, but they had stood in the middle of the week's schedule of far more high-profile opponents, stuck on the second half of a back-to-back after games against the champion Lakers and the Suns, and before a meeting with the team with the NBA's best record, the Atlanta Hawks.

Having fallen into that trap in Sacramento, the Rockets were determined to have learned a lesson.

"It would have been tough for us if we would have lost this one," Trevor Ariza said. "We felt we lost a game last night that came down to a couple of possessions. This game was important for us. We want to be a team that responds to everything and not let the emotions of last night carry over to tonight."

"They want to get a win. Teams like this are very dangerous. We don't want to be the team to fall to a team like that."

More than not wanting that indignity, the Rockets know that every potential win will be needed.

"I think, 'We need this game,'" Luis Scola said. "I think this type of game is very important for us. These are the games we can't afford to lose. These types of games are the types of games that are going to put us in the playoffs.

"If we are able to beat all these bottom-of-the-standings teams on a regular basis and can be solid, we're going to have a lot of wins. Then, if we can beat the good teams, especially at home, it's going to put us in a positive record for sure."

ROCKETS 97, TIMBERWOLVES 84: The Rockets never seemed in trouble but could not put the Timberwolves away through most of the night, either. A lead that had reached eight in the first half was down to one by halftime. The Timberwolves even briefly led by as many as five points. But midway through the fourth quarter, the Rockets finally opened it up, getting a flurry of scoring and stops to go from a shaky four-point lead to a safe 13-point cushion long before they ever seemed threatened. Though their streak of 100-point games ended at 10, five players scored in double figures as they won their ninth consecutive game against the Timberwolves.

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Added: November 20, 2009


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