The big picture with the Rockets goes beyond awards and records, though. They want to win the franchise's first NBA title since 1995. The Rockets finished with a 55-27 record after a 123-118 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The 55 wins are tied for the fourth-most in franchise history, and Harden made some history as well. He did all he could during his MVP Zach Laskey Womens Jersey campaign, leading the league in assists and becoming the first man in league history to score 2,000 points, grab 600 rebounds and have 900 assists in a season. He also finished one point shy of tying the league mark for points scored or assisted on with 4,538. HOUSTON -- The objective for the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night was for the eight-man rotation employed by coach Mike D’Antoni to finish the regular season with a smooth performance. James Harden recorded his 22nd triple-double, all five starters scored in double figures, center Clint Capela made 11 of 12 shots and Ryan Anderson made 6 of the team's 19 3-pointers. Clint Capela hit on 11 of his 12 shots Wednesday night for 22 points to go with 10 rebounds. Guard Patrick Beverley said the Rockets fear no team and that they’ve earned the right to be confident in their abilities. “You got to be happy,” Beverley said. “Fifty-five wins in the West, third-best team in the NBA, it wasn’t great. But for our first year as a unit being together under a new coach, new offense, new defensive schemes, new players before trade deadline, to get 55 wins in this league or 55 wins in any league is tough, and we were fortunate to play so well in our first year all together.” Houston ran out to a 31-9 start this season, putting itself in strong standing in the West. But the team went just 24-18 to close the season, including 11-8 in the final 19 games. Harden dealt with a jammed wrist (which isn’t giving him any problems now), Anderson missed six games with an ankle injury, and several other players dealt with minor health issues. D’Antoni said he was proud of how his team went through that funk of injuries and mediocre play to maintain their No. 3 seed heading into the postseason. After recording his 22nd triple-double of the season, with 27 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds, James Harden finished the regular season as the first man in league history with 2,000 points, 900 rebounds and 600 rebounds in a single-season. The final totals are 2,356 points, 907 assists and 659 rebounds. James Harden had such an incredible season, but he came up just one point short of tying a NBA record. Harden finished the season with 4,538 points scored http://www.officialpistonstore.com
or assisted. It was one point shy of the NBA record set by Tiny Archibald (4,539) in the 1972-73 season. Harden missed five free throws Monday night against the Clippers and two more against the Timberwolves on Wednesday. The MVP contender became the first player in NBA history to finish the regular season with at least 2,000 points (2,356), 900 assists (907) and 600 rebounds (659). The Rockets had a 12-point lead after a 3-point play by Patrick Beverley with about nine minutes left. Minnesota cut into the lead with a 6-2 spurt before Houston got consecutive 3-pointers from Harden and Eric Gordon to extend the lead to 113-99 midway through the quarter. Harden, who also had four steals and a block, found Clint Capela on an alley-oop dunk after that, before hitting another 3-pointer to make it 118-99 and spur Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau to call a timeout. Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 28 points and 21 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who end the season with a six-game losing streak. Thibodeau said ending the season the way they did is a good benchmark for what they need to do in the offseason. "It tells us exactly where we are," he said. "We don't get fooled into thinking that it's something that it's not. It tells us exactly how hard we're going to have to work to get where we want to go." Towns also made NBA history by becoming the only player to have at least 2,000 points (2,061), 1,000 rebounds (1,007) and 100 3-pointers (101) in a season. Ryan Anderson made six 3-pointers for the Rockets and finished with 20 points and Capela had 22 points and 10 rebounds. D'Antoni is happy with where Anderson is at in his fourth game back after missing six games with an ankle injury. Four straight points by the Timberwolves cut Houston's lead http://www.officialpistonstore.com/Henr ... son_Jersey
to six points with about two minutes left in the third quarter. But Houston scored the lead eight points of the quarter, led by 3-pointers from Lou Williams and Harden, to extend the lead to 95-81 entering the fourth. A 3-pointer by Towns got the Timberwolves within a point early in the third quarter before Houston used a 10-2 run to push the lead to 76-67 with about nine minutes left in the period. Ryan Anderson made consecutive 3-pointers to start that run and Capela capped it with back-to-back baskets. The Rockets led by 13 early, but the Timberwolves had tied it at 60 by halftime. Last season, the Rockets needed to win their final regular-season game to make the postseason and reach a 41-41 record. To review what happened would require a miniseries, but this season has been different. Everything has moved so smoothly with D’Antoni as the coach, and Harden is in such a good place with the structure of this team. “I’m excited, especially because this is the first time that I’ve been here, guys are on the same page,” Harden said. “We have a coaching staff that has a system, and everybody knows that system offensively and defensively and just the personnel as well. The guys, we have more than enough in this locker room to compete with anybody in the league.” It will be a difficult road, beginning with a first-round matchup against Russell Westbrook, Harden's closest opponent in the MVP race, and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Game 1 is Sunday night. If the Rockets http://www.authenticramsofficialshop.co ... ersey.html
surpass the Thunder, they could face the Spurs or Clippers in Round 2. And if the Rockets have their way, they'll have another date with the Warriors, this time in the West finals.