National Basketball Association playoffs 2018: Timberwolves vs

James Harden led the National Basketball Association this year in scoring with an impressive 30.8 points per game, while Center Clint Capela led the league with a 65.2 field goal percentage. It worked - for the first time since 2004 the Timberwolves are in the postseason.

Karl-Anthony Towns averaged 21.3 points per contest this season while collecting an average of 12.3 boards per game. They are the overwhelming favorites going into the first round of the playoffs.

HOUSTON (AP) - James Harden scored 44 points and powered a big fourth-quarter run that allowed the Houston Rockets to outlast the Minnesota Timberwolves 104-101 on Sunday night in Game 1 of the first-round playoff series. The Rockets own a 76-40 lead in the all-time regular season series and have won six straight meetings with four coming this season: that includes a 129-120 road win in the last matchup on March 18. While the Game 1 loss was far more competitive than any of the team's four regular season meetings - which Houston swept convincingly - Sunday was an opportunity missed for Minnesota. The Timberwolves haven't been to the playoffs since the 2003-04 season. The four-time All-Star is healthy and ready to go and will be an offensive factor for Minnesota after averaging 22.2 points per game this season.

Jeff Teague ended Minnesota's scoring drought with two free throws after the timeout and added a 3-point play after a basket by Harden. Score more points than them, sure, that's it. Towns had 12 rebounds and two assists.

What can be said about the Houston Rockets that hasn't already been written about?

This will be an interesting thing to keep an eye on in the playoffs with the Rockets - seeing how often its bigs switching onto Harden and how much he makes them pay.

Tonight's late Rockets vs Timberwolves game will be televised exclusively on the TNT cable TV channel. After a bad pass by Paul gave the Timberwolves a chance to tie it with 1.5 seconds left, Jimmy Butler's shot was short.

The Wolves didn't get enough from their big guns to contend with a team that possesses the firepower Houston has.

If Houston gets hot from downtown, it's game over for the T-Wolves.

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