Naz Reid, Wolves top Rockets for 52nd win

Naz Reid scored 25 points on 10-for-17 shooting, and the Minnesota Timberwolves held on for a 113-106 win over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night in Minneapolis.

Anthony Edwards added 21 points for Minnesota (52-23), which won for the fifth time in the past six games. Rudy Gobert notched a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds.

Jalen Green scored 26 points to lead Houston (38-37). Fred VanVleet scored 22 points and Jabari Smith Jr. finished with 18 for the Rockets, who have lost back-to-back games after winning the previous 11.

The Timberwolves’ 52nd win of the season moved them past the 2002-03 club starring Kevin Garnett for second place in franchise history. Garnett’s 2003-04 team holds the franchise record with 58 wins.

On Tuesday, a 3-pointer by Conley increased Minnesota’s lead to 96-81 with 7:48 to play.

Houston stormed back with a 19-5 run to pull within 101-100 with 1:52 left. Jeff Green and VanVleet made back-to-back 3-pointers to finish the run and put the pressure on the Timberwolves in the final two minutes.

Minnesota held firm as it scored the next eight points to take a 109-100 lead. Mike Conley made a floating jump shot, Edwards made back-to-back dunks and added two free throws with 38 seconds to go.

Houston trailed by at least five points the rest of the way.

The Timberwolves led 81-72 at the end of the third quarter. Cam Whitmore made a dunk to pull Houston within 75-72 with 1:50 to go in the quarter. Minnesota scored the final six points on one basket by Edwards and two by Kyle Anderson.

Minnesota relied on a strong second quarter to build a 54-45 lead at halftime. Reid led all scorers with 17 points.

The Timberwolves closed the half on a 23-4 run. Reid made a driving layup and a floating jump shot to start the run, and Edwards drained a pair of free throws to finish the first-half scoring.

–Field Level Media