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Associated Press, Published March 15 2013

Harden, Lin rally Rockets past Minnesota

HOUSTON – James Harden scored 37 points, Jeremy Lin had 24 and the Houston Rockets rallied from 20 points down in the third quarter to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 108-100 on Friday night.

Harden also grabbed seven rebounds and handed out eight assists for the Rockets, who stayed two games ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers in the No. 7 spot in the Western Conference.

Derrick Williams and Jose Barea scored 19 points apiece for the Timberwolves, who led 59-39 early in the third quarter. The Rockets held Minnesota to only 16 field goals the rest of the way.

Minnesota 27 30 23 20–100

Houston 22 17 35 34–108

MINNESOTA (100): Gelabale 5-8 0-0 10, Williams 7-14 3-4 19, Stiemsma 6-7 0-0 12, Rubio 4-13 6-8 14, Ridnour 4-8 1-1 10, Cunningham 3-10 0-0 6, Shved 2-7 3-4 8, Barea 8-12 1-1 19, Johnson 0-2 2-2 2. Totals 39-81 16-20 100.

HOUSTON (108): Parsons 6-12 0-0 14, Motiejunas 2-6 0-0 4, Asik 3-7 0-0 6, Lin 8-15 5-6 24, Harden 8-16 16-18 37, Smith 5-7 2-4 12, Beverley 0-0 0-0 0, Delfino 3-9 2-2 9, Robinson 1-2 0-1 2, Garcia 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 36-74 25-31 108.

3-Point Goals: Minnesota 6-24 (Barea 2-5, Williams 2-5, Ridnour 1-4, Shved 1-5, Gelabale 0-2, Rubio 0-3), Houston 11-31 (Harden 5-10, Lin 3-8, Parsons 2-5, Delfino 1-5, Motiejunas 0-3). Rebounds: Minnesota 40 (Gelabale, Rubio 7), Houston 50 (Asik 11). Assists: Minnesota 25 (Rubio 7), Houston 25 (Lin, Harden 8). Total Fouls: Minnesota 25, Houston 20. Technicals: Minnesota delay of game, Houston: Coach McHale. A: 18,046 (18,023).