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Capela scores 26, Rockets eliminate Wolves with 122-104 win

HOUSTON (AP) James Harden had another huge third quarter to propel the Houston Rockets to their latest win, and coach Mike D'Antoni wants to know what's behind those scoring bursts.

''When you do talk to him about it, would you let me know, because I'm dying in the first half. My health is an issue,'' D'Antoni said with a laugh.

Clint Capela had 26 points and 15 rebounds, Harden added 24 points and the Rockets pulled away in the third quarter to get another lopsided win and eliminate the Minnesota Timberwolves with a 122-104 victory in Game 5 of the first-round series Wednesday night.

The top-seeded Rockets are headed to the second round for the second year in a row after taking care of the eighth-seeded Timberwolves. Minnesota was in the postseason for the first time since 2004.

Houston will await the winner of the Utah-Oklahoma City series, which the Jazz lead 3-2 after the Thunder rallied from a big deficit Wednesday night to avoid elimination.

After scoring 22 points in Houston's 50-point third quarter in a Game 4 blowout Monday night, Harden poured in half of Houston's 30 points in the third quarter Wednesday night to put the Rockets up for good. His 15 third-quarter points matched Minnesota's output in the frame, and he finished with 12 assists.

''I knew that Minnesota wasn't going to just go away,'' he said. ''We had to do the right things to put them away.''

Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves with 23 points and 14 rebounds, and Jamal Crawford added 20 points off the bench.

''It's a major jump from where we were two years ago,'' coach Tom Thibodeau said. ''We have to take all the things we learned this past season and make a commitment to continue to improve.''

Paul and Harden both raved about the work of Capela, who throughout the series has outshined Towns, an All-Star this season and the top overall pick in 2015.

''He opens up everything for us because he's such a threat when he rolls to the rim,'' Paul said.

Towns believes the experience of his first trip to the postseason will help him moving forward.

''We hadn't been there in like 14 years so it was experience that needed to be garnered and we wanted to take that next step,'' he said. ''We came up short tonight but we're very confident in ourselves leading up to next year.''

Andrew Wiggins scored the last four points of the third quarter to cut the lead to 85-74 entering the fourth quarter. The Rockets used a 7-2 spurt, highlighted by a 3 from Ryan Anderson, to start the fourth and make it 92-76 with 9 1/2 minutes left.

A basket by Derrick Rose got Minnesota within 14 later in the fourth when Houston went on a 10-4 run to push the lead to 108-88 with less than five minutes to go.

The Wolves got consecutive 3s by Jamal Crawford and Wiggins to cut the lead after that, but the Rockets scored the next five points to end that run and cruise to the victory.

The Rockets opened the second half with a 10-2 run to erase a halftime deficit and take a 65-61 lead with about nine minutes left in the third. Paul, who finished with 12 points and nine assists, had four points in that stretch and Harden and P.J. Tucker added 3-pointers.

Minnesota scored the next five points to go back on top, but Harden scored five quick points after that to leave the Rockets ahead 70-66. Harden, who had just five points at halftime, hit a 3 before throwing down a one-handed dunk over Taj Gibson that prompted Minnesota Thibodeau to call a timeout.

The timeout didn't do anything to slow Harden and the Rockets, and he added another 3 on Houston's first possession after the timeout.

Towns added a basket after that before Houston scored the next eight points to extend the lead to 81-68 with 2 1/2 minutes left in the quarter.

Things got a little testy after that when Crawford pushed Paul to the court and stood over him jawing. Paul got to his feet and got in his face, but the two were quickly separated and Crawford was given an offensive foul and a technical.

TIP-INS

Timberwolves: Tyus Jones returned after sitting out in Game 4 with a sore knee. ... Jimmy Butler had eight points before sitting out the fourth because of a sore knee and Wiggins finished with 14. ... Jeff Teague scored 17 and had seven assists.

Rockets: D'Antoni said that Luc Mbah a Moute, who missed the entire first round after dislocating his right shoulder, is getting better and will be re-evaluated next week. ... Eric Gordon scored 19 points. ... Tucker finished with a playoff career-high 15 points.

THREES PLEASE

The Rockets made a series-high 18 3-pointers on Wednesday night. They've made at least 15 3-pointers in their last four games, which is tied with Cleveland in 2016 for the longest streak in NBA playoff history. Last season Houston made 15 or more 3-pointers in just three of their 11 playoff games.

UP NEXT

The Rockets will host the first two games of the Western Conference semifinals against the winner of the Jazz-Thunder series.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:42   Jeff Teague missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:41   Defensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
11:18   Clint Capela missed hook shot  
11:17   Defensive rebound by Karl-Anthony Towns  
11:09   Karl-Anthony Towns missed jump shot  
11:07   Defensive rebound by James Harden  
10:53   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:50   Defensive rebound by Jimmy Butler  
10:40 +2 Karl-Anthony Towns made layup, assist by Jeff Teague 2-0
10:28   Personal foul on Andrew Wiggins  
10:10 +3 Trevor Ariza made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Chris Paul 2-3
9:52 +2 Taj Gibson made jump shot 4-3
9:41   P.J. Tucker missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:39   Defensive rebound by Karl-Anthony Towns  
9:29 +2 Taj Gibson made driving layup, assist by Jeff Teague 6-3
9:11   James Harden missed driving layup, blocked by Jimmy Butler  
9:11   Team rebound  
9:03 +3 James Harden made 3-pt. jump shot 6-6
8:41   Andrew Wiggins missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:39   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
8:35   P.J. Tucker missed layup, blocked by Taj Gibson  
8:32   Defensive rebound by Karl-Anthony Towns  
8:25   Karl-Anthony Towns missed driving layup, blocked by Clint Capela  
8:22   Defensive rebound by James Harden  
8:18 +2 Clint Capela made hook shot, assist by Chris Paul 6-8
7:58   Jimmy Butler missed layup  
7:57   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
7:46   James Harden missed floating jump shot  
7:44   Defensive rebound by Karl-Anthony Towns  
7:37   Taj Gibson missed jump shot  
7:37   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
7:15 +2 Trevor Ariza made driving layup, assist by P.J. Tucker 6-10
6:53 +3 Jeff Teague made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jimmy Butler 9-10
6:39   Chris Paul missed jump shot  
6:38   Defensive rebound by Karl-Anthony Towns  
6:32 +3 Jeff Teague made 3-pt. jump shot 12-10
6:18 +2 Clint Capela made alley-oop shot, assist by James Harden 12-12
6:03   Andrew Wiggins missed driving layup, blocked by Eric Gordon  
6:01   Defensive rebound by Ryan Anderson  
5:40 +2 Clint Capela made dunk, assist by Trevor Ariza 12-14
5:25 +2 Taj Gibson made hook shot 14-14
5:04   Trevor Ariza missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:03   Defensive rebound by Karl-Anthony Towns  
4:56   Jeff Teague missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:54   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
4:32 +2 Clint Capela made dunk, assist by James Harden 14-16
4:14 +2 Jimmy Butler made layup, assist by Karl-Anthony Towns 16-16
3:58   Eric Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:56   Defensive rebound by Karl-Anthony Towns  
3:50 +3 Karl-Anthony Towns made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Tyus Jones 19-16
3:23 +3 Trevor Ariza made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ryan Anderson 19-19
3:10   Personal foul on James Harden  
2:59   Andrew Wiggins missed jump shot  
2:58   Defensive rebound by Nene  
2:50   Ryan Anderson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:50   Defensive rebound by Gorgui Dieng  
2:36 +2 Jimmy Butler made driving dunk 21-19
2:26   Shooting foul on Gorgui Dieng  
2:26 +1 Eric Gordon made 1st of 2 free throws 21-20
2:26 +1 Eric Gordon made 2nd of 2 free throws 21-21
2:14   Andrew Wiggins missed driving layup, blocked by Gerald Green  
2:14   Team rebound  
2:12   Shooting foul on Eric Gordon  
2:12   Team rebound  
2:12   Andrew Wiggins missed 1st of 2 free throws  
2:12   Andrew Wiggins missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
2:10   Defensive rebound by Gerald Green  
1:53   Personal foul on Taj Gibson  
1:46   Nene missed floating jump shot  
1:42   Offensive rebound by Nene  
1:42 +2 Nene made dunk 21-23
1:26 +2 Taj Gibson made driving layup 23-23
1:14   Chris Paul missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:12   Offensive rebound by Ryan Anderson  
1:11 +2 Ryan Anderson made dunk 23-25
0:50   Jamal Crawford missed jump shot  
0:49   Offensive rebound by Gorgui Dieng  
0:48   Gorgui Dieng missed dunk  
0:41   Defensive rebound by Gerald Green  
0:40   Eric Gordon missed layup  
0:37   Defensive rebound by Gorgui Dieng  
0:35 +2 Andrew Wiggins made layup, assist by Jamal Crawford 25-25
0:35   Shooting foul on Nene  
0:35 +1 Andrew Wiggins made free throw 26-25
0:26   Chris Paul missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:24   Defensive rebound by Nemanja Bjelica  
0:02   Jeff Teague missed jump shot  
0:00   Defensive rebound by Chris Paul  
0:00   Chris Paul missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   Team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:41   Personal foul on Jeff Teague  
11:31 +3 Eric Gordon made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Chris Paul 26-28
11:16   Shooting foul on Gerald Green  
11:16 +1 Karl-Anthony Towns made 1st of 2 free throws 27-28
11:16 +1 Karl-Anthony Towns made 2nd of 2 free throws 28-28
10:59   Eric Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:58   Defensive rebound by Karl-Anthony Towns  
10:47 +2 Jimmy Butler made layup, assist by Jamal Crawford 30-28
10:36 +2 Clint Capela made layup, assist by Chris Paul 30-30
10:29 +3 Derrick Rose made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jeff Teague 33-30
10:22 +2 Eric Gordon made floating jump shot 33-32
10:22   Shooting foul on Derrick Rose  
10:22 +1 Eric Gordon made free throw 33-33
10:06   Shooting foul on Eric Gordon  
10:06 +1 Derrick Rose made 1st of 2 free throws 34-33
10:06 +1 Derrick Rose made 2nd of 2 free throws 35-33
9:52   Eric Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:50   Offensive rebound by Clint Capela  
9:46 +3 P.J. Tucker made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Clint Capela 35-36
9:38 +2 Jeff Teague made floating jump shot 37-36
9:27   Gerald Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:24   Defensive rebound by Karl-Anthony Towns  
9:14 +2 Jimmy Butler made layup, assist by Karl-Anthony Towns 39-36
8:53   Chris Paul missed jump shot  
8:51   Defensive rebound by Jeff Teague  
8:43 +2 Jeff Teague made finger-roll layup 41-36
8:31   Eric Gordon missed driving layup  
8:29   Offensive rebound by Eric Gordon  
8:29   Shooting foul on Derrick Rose  
8:29 +1 Eric Gordon made 1st of 2 free throws 41-37
8:29   Eric Gordon missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
8:27   Defensive rebound by Jimmy Butler  
8:20   Personal foul on P.J. Tucker  
8:06   Karl-Anthony Towns missed jump shot  
8:05   Defensive rebound by Trevor Ariza  
7:58   Trevor Ariza missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:54   Defensive rebound by Karl-Anthony Towns  
7:40   Out of bounds turnover on Jeff Teague  
7:19   Chris Paul missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:18   Defensive rebound by Jimmy Butler  
7:08 +3 Jamal Crawford made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jimmy Butler 44-37
6:49   Out of bounds turnover on James Harden  
6:25 +3 Derrick Rose made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jimmy Butler 47-37
6:11   James Harden missed driving layup  
6:10   Offensive rebound by Clint Capela  
6:09 +2 Clint Capela made dunk 47-39
5:52   Jimmy Butler missed floating jump shot  
5:50   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
5:33   Bad pass turnover on James Harden, stolen by Jamal Crawford  
5:30 +2 Jamal Crawford made layup, assist by Jeff Teague 49-39
5:08 +3 P.J. Tucker made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Trevor Ariza 49-42
4:47 +2 Karl-Anthony Towns made jump shot 51-42
4:23   Shooting foul on Karl-Anthony Towns  
4:23 +1 Trevor Ariza made 1st of 2 free throws 51-43
4:23 +1 Trevor Ariza made 2nd of 2 free throws 51-44
4:11   Lost ball turnover on Jamal Crawford, stolen by James Harden  
3:54 +3 Trevor Ariza made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by James Harden 51-47
3:40   Offensive foul on Karl-Anthony Towns  
3:40   Offensive foul on Karl-Anthony Towns  
3:22 +3 Eric Gordon made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Trevor Ariza 51-50
3:00   Jimmy Butler missed jump shot  
2:58   Offensive rebound by Karl-Anthony Towns  
2:57   Karl-Anthony Towns missed dunk  
2:56   Defensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
2:35   James Harden missed driving layup  
2:34   Offensive rebound by James Harden  
2:33   James Harden missed dunk  
2:33   Team rebound  
2:15 +2 Karl-Anthony Towns made hook shot 53-50
2:01   P.J. Tucker missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:59   Defensive rebound by Jeff Teague  
1:52 +2 Karl-Anthony Towns made layup, assist by Jeff Teague 55-50
1:32 +2 James Harden made driving layup 55-52
1:15 +3 Jeff Teague made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jimmy Butler 58-52
0:57   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:56   Defensive rebound by Jimmy Butler  
0:41   Shooting foul on Trevor Ariza  
0:41   Team rebound  
0:41   Jeff Teague missed 1st of 2 free throws  
0:41 +1 Jeff Teague made 2nd of 2 free throws 59-52
0:32 +2 Chris Paul made jump shot 59-54
0:11   Derrick Rose missed layup, blocked by James Harden  
0:08   Defensive rebound by James Harden  
0:08   Shooting foul on Jeff Teague  
0:08   Team rebound  
0:08   Clint Capela missed 1st of 2 free throws  
0:08 +1 Clint Capela made 2nd of 2 free throws 59-55
0:01   Karl-Anthony Towns missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:45 +2 Chris Paul made layup 59-57
11:27 +2 Karl-Anthony Towns made hook shot, assist by Jimmy Butler 61-57
11:01   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:00   Defensive rebound by Karl-Anthony Towns  
10:49   Jimmy Butler missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:46   Defensive rebound by Trevor Ariza  
10:38 +3 James Harden made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Chris Paul 61-60
10:27   Personal foul on James Harden  
10:17   Jeff Teague missed floating jump shot  
10:16   Defensive rebound by Trevor Ariza  
9:53 +3 P.J. Tucker made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by James Harden 61-63
9:28   Taj Gibson missed jump shot  
9:27   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
9:17 +2 Chris Paul made jump shot 61-65
9:06   Shooting foul on P.J. Tucker  
9:06 +1 Karl-Anthony Towns made 1st of 2 free throws 62-65
9:06 +1 Karl-Anthony Towns made 2nd of 2 free throws 63-65
8:50   Out of bounds turnover on P.J. Tucker  
8:33   Shooting foul on Clint Capela  
8:33   Team rebound  
8:33   Jeff Teague missed 1st of 2 free throws  
8:33 +1 Jeff Teague made 2nd of 2 free throws 64-65
8:23   Bad pass turnover on James Harden, stolen by Jimmy Butler  
8:22   Jimmy Butler missed layup  
8:20   Team rebound  
8:20   Personal foul on Karl-Anthony Towns  
8:09   Chris Paul missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:06   Defensive rebound by Andrew Wiggins  
7:47   Jeff Teague missed jump shot  
7:46   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
7:39   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:39   Defensive rebound by Karl-Anthony Towns  
7:30 +2 Taj Gibson made reverse layup 66-65
7:10 +3 James Harden made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Chris Paul 66-68
6:48   Out of bounds turnover on Karl-Anthony Towns  
6:30 +2 James Harden made driving dunk 66-70
6:16   Personal foul on P.J. Tucker  
6:05   Andrew Wiggins missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:02   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
5:57 +3 James Harden made 3-pt. jump shot 66-73
5:38 +2 Karl-Anthony Towns made hook shot 68-73
5:21   Personal foul on Andrew Wiggins  
5:17   Kicked ball violation  
5:04 +2 Clint Capela made layup, assist by James Harden 68-75
4:49   Andrew Wiggins missed driving layup  
4:46   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
4:44   Trevor Ariza missed layup  
4:42   Defensive rebound by Jimmy Butler  
4:29   Jimmy Butler missed jump shot  
4:27   Defensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
4:16   Trevor Ariza missed driving layup  
4:15   Offensive rebound by Clint Capela  
4:14   Clint Capela missed hook shot  
4:11   Offensive rebound by Clint Capela  
4:09 +3 Trevor Ariza made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by P.J. Tucker 68-78
3:38   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
3:20   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:20   Team rebound  
3:00   Lost ball turnover on Andrew Wiggins, stolen by Eric Gordon  
2:52 +2 James Harden made driving layup 68-80
2:52   Shooting foul on Andrew Wiggins  
2:52 +1 James Harden made free throw 68-81
2:33   Shooting foul on Eric Gordon  
2:33   Team rebound  
2:33   Andrew Wiggins missed 1st of 3 free throws  
2:33 +1 Andrew Wiggins made 2nd of 3 free throws 69-81
2:33 +1 Andrew Wiggins made 3rd of 3 free throws 70-81
2:18 +3 P.J. Tucker made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by James Harden 70-84
2:04   Offensive foul on Jamal Crawford  
2:04   Offensive foul on Jamal Crawford  
2:04   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
2:04 +1 James Harden made free throw 70-85
1:46   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:45   Defensive rebound by Tyus Jones  
1:23 +2 Andrew Wiggins made finger-roll layup 72-85
1:08   Shooting foul on Taj Gibson  
1:08   Nene missed 1st of 2 free throws  
1:08   Team rebound  
1:08   Nene missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
1:08   Defensive rebound by Taj Gibson  
0:46   Andrew Wiggins missed jump shot