Impact player

James Harden

With Dwight Howard out, Harden provided both scoring (28 points) and playmaking (eight assists) and hit a pair of quick three-pointers that sent the Rockets off to a game-changing, 17-0 second quarter run.

BY THE Numbers

50 Kevin Love's 20-point games this season after he scored 29 on Thursday.

6 Number of games the Wolves trail Dallas for the West's final playoff spot, with just 15 left.

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