Harden's triple-double helps Rockets over Wolves 123-118

Towns also made National Basketball Association 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. Since the All-Star Break, the Timberwolves centerpiece has put up a ridiculous stat-line of 28.4 points, 13.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.4 three-pointers per game. Clint Capela (22 points, 10 rebounds) and Patrick Beverley (10 points, 10 boards) added a double-double while Ryan Anderson chipped in 20 points.

Victor Oladipo scored 20 points and hit a jumper with 6.3 seconds to play to lift Russell Westbrook-less Oklahoma City over Minnesota.

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns made history during his second National Basketball Association season, becoming the first player in league history to score at least 2,000 points, grab 1,000 rebounds and make at least 100 threes in a single year.

"It tells us exactly where we are", he said. "We don't get fooled into thinking that it's something that it's not".

Eric Gordon had 17 points and five rebounds and James Harden had 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Rockets.

Four straight points by the Timberwolves cut Houston's lead to six points with about two minutes left in the third quarter.

While the Rockets missed 8 of 9 3-pointers down the stretch of the opening period, the Timberwolves surged ahead with a 19-5 run sparked by Towns and Wiggins.

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He took the league by storm last season when he averaged 18.3 points and 10.5 rebounds per game as a rookie, but he took his game to another level of greatness this season by improving those numbers by a good amount.

Rockets: Houston had at least 60 points at halftime for the 39th time this season.

In that game, Towns had 37 points and 22 rebounds and Wiggins had 30 points and three steals to lead the way for the Wolves.

To put the achievement into context, the last player to score more than 2,000 points in his second season in the National Basketball Association was none other than LeBron James.

Thibodeau on Harden: "Obviously the individual part of it is unbelievable, but it is also what he has done for the team".

Rockets: Begin first round of playoffs by hosting Oklahoma City on Sunday.

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