HOUSTON (AP) — After several less-than-stellar third quarters recently, the Houston Rockets talked at halftime Sunday night about coming out of the break better. And, it was that third-quarter improvement that helped them to the win.
Chris Paul scored 25 points, tied a career high with six 3-pointers and had 10 assists, and the Rockets used a big third quarter to pull away and get a 117-102 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The game was close throughout the first half and the Rockets were up by a point at halftime before using a 43-point third quarter, with from Paul, to extend the lead to 15 to start the fourth.
“Our focus was better coming out of the locker room,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. They talked about it among themselves — that we’ve been coming out kind of soft and we didn’t this time. We came out more focused, especially on the offensive end.”
Paul’s big game came after he sat out on Friday night to rest, but he wasn’t sure how much the break helped.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I didn’t even think about it. For me, it’s just about making sure that stuff was right with my body.”