D'Antoni: Rockets 'out of rhythm' after resting players late season

Timberwolves Blast Rockets

The Rockets finished with the best regular-season record in the National Basketball Association this time out, with Mike D'Antoni side boasting a 65-win campaign.

The Houston Rockets have a chance to take a commanding 3-1 lead over the Timberwolves on Monday.

For two games, Minnesota Timberwolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns was a no-show for their playoff series against the Houston Rockets.

When asked about the last time Houston were in rhythm and free-flowing, Harden said: "It's been a long time".

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Harden and co beat the Golden State Warriors to the No.1 seed in the stacked Western Conference, setting up a playoff clash with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Butler, one of the game's most feared two-way players, finished with 28 points with 7 rebounds while the 7-foot Towns, a University of Kentucky alum who struggled with his offense in Games 1 and 2 displayed his maturity this time by hauling 18 points, 16 boards with 3 dimes. Chris Paul was outplayed by Jeff Teague in game 3, and the Rockets have to expect more from their All Star point guard.

But it might have been Rose that got the Target Center most excited, showing burst and athleticism not often seen since his knees started failing him en route to 17 points in just 21 minutes off the bench. James Harden had a quiet 29 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists, while Chris Paul had 17 points and six assists.

James Harden bounced back from his very bad Game 2 shooting performance to record 29 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, but it wasn't almost enough. But the game was too close for comfort because no else on the Rockets came to play. Teague notched 23 points and eight assists, while Wiggins went for 20 points, five rebounds and five assists. Houston never made Minnesota uncomfortable in game 3, and must increase the pressure and intensity in game 4. Hopeful MVP, James Harden, made the same amount of shots in the 4th quarter as Rose, only 3 shots. Houston shot the ball a little better in Game 3, but they allowed Minnesota to shoot 50 percent from the floor and 55.6 percent from beyond the arc. Rockets win 123-118.

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