Key player for Game 4: Timberwolves vs. Rockets

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Two teams clash over and over, and the way one tries to impose its will over the other inevitably becomes blatant. Now, Minnesota can even the series with a win Monday night at Target Center. Anderson finished Game 3 with 12 points in 18 minutes off the bench.

"It's been a long time", Harden said regarding Houston's lack of rhythm, according to ESPN. Jimmy Butler snapped out of his recent funk as he had a team-high 28 points, with seven rebounds, and five assists. James Harden had a quiet 29 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists, while Chris Paul had 17 points and six assists.

A loss here would be quite surprising for the 65-win Rockets considering they haven't been beaten in back-to-back games since January 4 & Jan. 6. They steamrolled through the regular season, sealed the No. 1 seed with weeks to spare, and have been pretty much in cruise control ever since.

A triple-double from Ricky Rubio carried Utah to a comfortable Game 3 win and a surprising 2-1 series lead, causing Russell Westbrook to make some bold proclamations about shutting down Rubio in Game 4. Teague notched 23 points and eight assists, while Wiggins went for 20 points, five rebounds and five assists.

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For the Rockets, it's a concerning loss in a series where they haven't looked great in their wins. The Rockets need more production from Clint Capela who scored just seven points and Gordon who shot just five of 16 from the field, but the overall problem was the lack of pace in the offense as they played passively and allowed the Timberwolves to dictate the tempo. Houston shot just 10-of-37 (27 percent) from 3-point range.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are back in this series.

Minnesota took Game 3 of the series but they aren't going to hit 15 threes in a game considering they were last in the league in threes per game in the regular season.

This likely will be Minnesota's final home game of the season without a victory; a win would assure the series would return to the Twin Cities for a Game 6.

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