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Harden scores 44 points, Rockets beat Wolves 104-101

Trailing by 1 in the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Houston Rockets needed someone to step up.

No surprise that it was James Harden who came through.

Harden scored 44 points and powered a big fourth-quarter run that allowed the Rockets to outlast the Timberwolves 104-101 Sunday night in Game 1 of the first-round playoff series.

"We were struggling to make shots, struggling to really have any kind of rhythm and James put us on his back," coach Mike D'Antoni said. "He's been doing it for a while now."

Minnesota scored four straight points to get within 3 with about 30 seconds left. Chris Paul added two free...

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