Wolves gameday 6 p.m. vs. Houston • FSN, 830-AM
Rockets have been piling up the victories
Preview: The Rockets have won four consecutive games and 21 of their past 22 with Saturday night’s 107-101 victory at New Orleans. That includes, of course, a 17-game winning streak that ended at Toronto a week ago. That loss is Houston’s only one since Jan. 26. … While the Wolves had to fly home after Saturday’s loss at San Antonio, the Rockets had to fly a similar length as well, although their game against the Pelicans started 90 minutes earlier than the Wolves’ 7:30 p.m. Central start. … Sunday’s game ends the four-game season series. The Rockets have won the first three this season — and 18 of the past 19 games between the teams.
Players to watch: Rockets guard James Harden ranks first in the league in scoring (30.9 ppg), third in assists (8.7) and sixth in steals (1.8) and yet has not played more than 38 minutes a game in the past 19 games. … Backcourt mate Chris Paul is on pace to average 18 points, eight assists and five rebounds in 32 minutes or less for the second consecutive season. No player has done that once in NBA history.
Injuries: Wolves G Jimmy Butler (knee) remains out. Rockets F Brandan Wright (knee) and F/C Zhou Qi (rib) were listed as out for Saturday’s game.