Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/26/12
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Houston Rockets know they won't always be able to outscore and outrun the opposition the way they have throughout much of December. On Wednesday night, the Rockets had to execute their half-court offense, scratch for every basket and make key plays with the game on the line. James Harden made sure that happened in Houston's 87-84 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. "We stuck with it for four quarters," Harden said. "Every game we're not going to score the ball, we're not going to make shots every single game. In different games, you have to grind it out and try to force a win." Harden led all scorers with 30 points, his ninth 30-point game of the season. However, it was how and when Harden got his points that proved so important. With just more than six minutes to play on a night when Minnesota controlled the tempo throughout, Houston trailed 76-70. That's when Harden took over. Harden made five of seven field-goal attempts down the stretch, scored ...
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