James Harden scored 31 points and the Houston Rockets won their 11th straight game with a 120-102 victory Friday night over the Minnesota Timberwolves, who lost All-Star Jimmy Butler to a knee injury.
Butler left late in the third quarter. After grabbing a rebound, he pivoted and planted hard on his right foot before collapsing and grabbing his right knee. He was on the floor for at least three minutes before he was carried off the court by two teammates.
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Coach Tom Thibodeau said Butler will have an MRI and be re-evaluated on Saturday.
Clint Capela had 25 points and 11 rebounds for Houston, getting his 10th double-double over the past 13 games. Chris Paul added 14 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.
The Rockets trailed for much of the first half before going ahead to maintain the NBA’s best record. Andrew Wiggins led Minnesota with 21 points, and Jeff Teague and Karl-Anthony Towns both had 18 points. Towns added 13 rebounds.
Golden State fans better start worrying (just a little) James harden, CP3, Trevor Ariza, Clint Capela are coming for the Champs. Harden is having is 2nd MVP season in my opinion, but now he has some assest. With the 'GOAT' Chris Paul coming to the team via trade from Los Angeles.