The Houston Rockets got the second win of their tie against the Minnesota Timberwolves, while the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Utah Jazz tied their series against the Indiana Pacers and the Oklahoma City Thunder, respectively.
The day of the NBA was also marked by the mourning after the death of Erin Popovich, the wife of the legendary coach of the Spurs of San Antonio, Gregg Popovich.
Base Chris Paul and guard Gerald Green led, with 38 points, the overwhelming attack of the Rockets who beat the Timberwolves 102-82. The third game will be played next Saturday, at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
Paul contributed 27 points, including three triples, and delivered eight assists that left him in charge of the Rockets’ attack that had four players with double-digit numbers.
Green emerged as the sixth Rockets player to score 21 points after scoring 7 of 17 field goals, with 5 of 12 3-pointers, which broke the Timberwolves defense.
Green, who finished with a double-double, capturing 12 balls under the rings, was along with the Swiss center Clint Capela, who managed 16 rebounds and put a stopper, the best in the paint.
The Rockets got the win despite the lack of contribution of guard James Harden that ended with 12 points, his worst mark this season.
Harden missed almost everything he threw to the basket by hitting just 2 of 18 attempts, including 9 of 10. He hold off his scoring contribution with seven made of eight shots. He also distributed seven assists.
In turn, the Timberwolves again disappeared at the decisive moments of the game. US-Dominican center Karl-Anthony Towns only contributed five points (two nine-goal baskets, including a three-pointer from outside the perimeter). Although he played under the hoops with 10 rebounds, in addition to putting a stopper.
The Serbian power forward Nemanja Bjelica, who came out of reserve, emerged as the leader of the Timberwolves attack by scoring 16 points, but most in the final stretch of the fourth period when the game was already decided.