Hou 16 22 21 20 79
Min 21 23 19 29 92
Date of game: 1/19/2013

Recap: Minnesota vs. Houston

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Andrei Kirilenko led six Minnesota players in double figures with 21 points as the Timberwolves downed the Houston Rockets, 92-79, at Target Center on Saturday.

Luke Ridnour added 16 points and Chris Johnson had 15 for the Timberwolves, who snapped a five-game skid. Johnson had 13 of his points in the final quarter.

"At times I really didn't know what to do offensively," Johnson admitted. "I had to get more familiar with the offense. They just put me in the right spots to be successful tonight and just made good plays."

Derrick Williams, J.J. Barea and Mickael Gelabale finished with 11 points apiece in the triumph.

James Harden had 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists, and Carlos Delfino added 15 points for the Rockets, losers of seven straight games.

"I'm not playing to the best of my ability," Harden said of Houston's losing skid. "I'm not making shots, not making plays and I think we're just kind of in a fog right now and we've got to find some way to get out of this fog."

Jeremy Lin and Greg Smith added 12 points apiece in the setback.

Minnesota led 21-16 after the first quarter and took a 44-38 lead into the break after leading by as many as 11 in the second quarter.

Houston, though, outscored Minnesota 21-19 in the third to go into the final period trailing 65-59. The Rockets scored the final seven points of the period.

Johnson personally outscored the Rockets, 6-3, over the first three minutes of the fourth to give the Wolves a 71-62 lead. Houston was within 84-77 with 3:06 left following Harden's jumper.

Johnson countered with a dunk to start an 8-0 run that sealed the outcome.

Game Notes

Minnesota outscored Houston, 40-28, in the paint ... The Wolves shot 46.9 percent (30-for-64) from the field while holding the Rockets to 32.1 percent (25-for-78) efficiency ... Kirilenko also had 11 rebounds and three steals ... Harden and Lin went a combined 8-for-30 from the floor.

Illinois State rallies into FCS title game

If ever there was doubt about the Missouri Valley Football Conference being the top conference in the FCS, Illinois State provided a reminder on Saturday.

Lions clinch playoff spot

Landover, MD (Sports Network) - The Detroit Lions clinched a playoff spot on Saturday due to the Philadelphia Eagles' loss to the Washington Redskins.

Giants acquire McGehee from Marlins

The San Francisco Giants have acquired infielder Casey McGehee from the Miami Marlins in exchange for minor league pitchers Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo.

Anthony to play in Knicks-Suns tilt

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will play in Saturday's game against the Phoenix Suns after sitting out the team's previous outing due to soreness in his left knee.

Vancouver's Hansen collapses on bench

Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen collapsed on the bench during the second period of Saturday's game against the Calgary Flames and had to be helped to the locker room.

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