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Rockets vs. Timberwolves final score: Minnesota falls back to .500 after 87-84 loss

Minnesota could not hold off James Harden in the fourth quarter on Wednesday night.

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On Wednesday night, the Minnesota Timberwolves were the latest team to fall victim to James Harden. The Houston Rockets' breakout star scored 17 points in the fourth quarter in what would eventually be an 87-84 Rockets victory. The Wolves put up a valiant effort, but were almost outscored by Harden as a team in the fourth quarter -- they totaled 20 points to his 17.

It was a low-scoring game for both teams, each of which struggled from the field. Minnesota shot just 38 percent as a team and 7-28 from three, and that futility was nearly matched by Houston, which shot 40 percent from the field and 9-31 from downtown. Individually, Minnesota was led by J.J. Barea and Alexey Shved, who were the only two members of the team in double figures. Minnesota's stars struggled, though -- Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Love combined to shoot just 4-21, and Ricky Rubio tallied just eight points in 21 minutes.

The Wolves will be off until Saturday night, when they'll host the Phoenix Suns at the Target Center.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.