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Associated Press, Published January 19 2013

New guys lift Timberwolves to win over Rockets

MINNEAPOLIS – Chris Johnson and Mickael Gelabale signed 10-day contracts with Minnesota on Saturday morning, then scored the first 23 points of the fourth quarter to lift the Timberwolves to a 92-79 victory over the slumping Houston Rockets on Saturday night.

HOUSTON (79): Parsons 2-10 2-2 7, Patterson 1-3 0-0 3, Asik 1-4 0-0 2, Lin 3-12 6-8 12, Harden 5-18 8-10 18, Smith 6-9 0-0 12, Delfino 5-12 1-2 15, Beverley 0-4 2-4 2, Morris 1-3 0-0 3, Douglas 1-3 2-2 5. Totals 25-78 21-28 79.

MINNESOTA (92): Kirilenko 8-11 5-8 21, Williams 3-9 4-4 11, Stiemsma 0-4 0-0 0, Rubio 1-3 5-6 7, Ridnour 6-13 3-3 16, Barea 5-13 0-0 11, Amundson 0-1 0-0 0, Johnson 4-4 7-8 15, Gelabale 3-6 5-7 11. Totals 30-64 29-36 92.

3-Point Goals: Houston 8-31 (Delfino 4-9, Patterson 1-1, Morris 1-2, Douglas 1-3, Parsons 1-3, Beverley 0-3, Lin 0-3, Harden 0-7), Minnesota 3-14 (Barea 1-3, Williams 1-3, Ridnour 1-3, Rubio 0-1, Gelabale 0-2, Kirilenko 0-2). Fouled Out: None. Rebounds: Houston 54 (Smith 8), Minnesota 47 (Kirilenko 11). Assists: Houston 14 (Harden 5), Minnesota 14 (Rubio 6). Total Fouls: Houston 29, Minnesota 19. Technicals: Beverley, Ridnour, Minnesota defensive three second. A: 16,799 (19,356).