MINNEAPOLIS — Whenever the Minnesota Timberwolves threatened, the Houston Rockets had an answer. It usually came from long range. The Rockets hit 10 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 126-108 victory on Tuesday night, extending their winning streak to nine. “I knew we were making our shots, but that fourth quarter, that’s what we’re capable of,” said Rockets guard James Harden. “I think it was a four-point game and we went on a 12-0.
MIAMI — It’s halftime in the NBA. Officially, Thursday night’s Cleveland at Toronto game was the 615th on the NBA schedule for this season — the exact midway point on the 1,230-game regular-season slate. Everyone tends to call what follows the All-Star Game as the second half, but it’s more like two-thirds of the season that will be in the books before that showcase next month in Los Angeles. Here’s a look at 10 storylines for the second half: TRADE