HOUSTON -- Aaron Brooks had played just 15 minutes in his last six games and acknowledged he was a little shaky when he entered Houstons game against Minnesota late in the first quarter. Dennis Byrd Jersey
. It didnt take him long to settle down. Brooks scored a season-high 26 points to pick up the slack for the injured James Harden, and the Rockets beat the Timberwolves 112-101 on Saturday night. "When your All-Star goes out it takes a collective group to get it done," Brooks said. "Thats what we did -- everybody. Dwight (Howard) gave up a little bit of himself in scoring, passed it to others and we got the job done." Brooks, who entered the game averaging 2.8 points, had a big second quarter, making four 3-pointers and scoring 16 points. He finished with six 3-pointers. It was his most points since scoring 28 for the Rockets against Utah in April of 2010. Coach Kevin McHale talked about the challenge of Brooks stepping in when he hadnt been getting a lot of playing time. "Its very difficult," McHale said. "His second quarter was special. He really had it going. He was making shots. Aaron did a great job tonight." The Rockets led throughout, and Omri Casspi, Jeremy Lin and Brooks made consecutive 3-pointers in a 9-0 run to start the fourth quarter and extend the lead to 91-74. Harden, who leads the Rockets with 24.2 points per game, sat out with a sore left foot. Lin started in his place and scored 19, but it was Brooks who shined. "(Brooks) was amazing," Howard said. "Shot the ball well, played great defence ... (he) was a big reason why we won the game." Kevin Love had 27 points and 15 rebounds, and Corey Brewer scored 22 for the Timberwolves. "When you try to make runs they kept hitting 3s," Love said. "We showed fight, but in the end its really tough when the first three shots of the fourth quarter are from 3 and they hit three in a row." Brooks, whos in his second stint with the Rockets, is a crowd favourite and the home fans cheered wildly every time he entered the game. Brooks also had five assists, four rebounds and a steal. "Well, I coached him, so Ive seen him do that a lot," said Minnesota coach Rick Adelman, who coached Brooks in Houston from 2008-11. "It doesnt surprise me." Patrick Beverley had 17 points and made a career-high five 3-pointers, and Terrence Jones added 18 points and had 10 rebounds for Houston. Howard had 11 points and led the team with 13 rebounds. McHale loved the balanced scoring effort with Harden out, but was unhappy that his team had 23 turnovers to just 10 by the Timberwolves. "I told our guys we have to play more efficiently and a little bit smarter," McHale said. "Weve got to create more space for each other on the floor so we can attack." The Rockets led 82-74 entering the fourth quarter. The Timberwolves used a 15-4 spurt in the third quarter, fueled by three 3-pointers, to cut Houstons lead to 65-57. Love made a 3-pointer before a turnover by Chandler Parsons that led to a dunk by Brewer capped the run. An exasperated McHale put his hands on his head as he watched Brewers dunk and quickly called a timeout. McHales short pep talk must have gotten Houstons attention. The Rockets responded with a 10-5 run to extend their lead to 75-62 with about 3 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter. The Rockets led by eight points late in the second quarter before using a 9-2 run thanks to three straight 3-pointers, including two by Brooks, to stretch the lead to 52-37. Minnesota scored five quick points on a dunk by Kevin Martin and a 3-pointer from Brewer to close the gap. But Lin sunk a 3-pointer at the buzzer to extend Houstons lead to 55-42 at halftime. NOTES: McHale said Harden visited a doctor on Saturday and they are going to change his treatment plan. He said Harden will likely miss Mondays game as well. ... Lin had a bump on his forehead and was holding ice on it after the game. It was unclear how he was injured and he wasnt available to reporters after the game because he was seeing a doctor. ... Also out for the Rockets on Saturday were Ronnie Brewer, who has a strained right calf, and Greg Smith, who has a sprained right knee. ... It was Howards ninth double-double of the season. ... Ricky Rubio had eight assists for Minnesota. Jachai Polite Jersey
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. The injury could land Machado on the 15-day disabled list, but its not as serious as it looked on Monday night, when the third baseman crumpled in a heap at the plate after taking an awkward swing in a game against the New York Yankees.GLENDALE, Ariz. - The bounces and the breaks that went against the Colorado Avalanche in the first period went their way late in a comeback victory over the Arizona Coyotes.Daniel Briere scored 3:16 into overtime, and the Avalanche rallied from three goals down to beat the Coyotes 4-3 on Tuesday night.Brieres pass across the goal area hit the stick of the Coyotes Martin Hanzal, and the puck was redirected past goalie Mike Smith. That gave Colorado its fourth win in five games.They dont ask how, just how many, they say, Briere said. Got a lucky break on this one. Ill definitely take it.Its definitely a lucky bounce, but they had their bounces in the first period. Usually those things even up in the course of a game.Colorado won after a goalie change in the first period. Arizona absorbed another late-game home loss.The Avalanche tied it 3-3 when Matt Duchenes pass from behind the net went off the stick of Coyotes forward Lauri Korpikoski and squeezed past Smith at 4:05 of the third period.Arizona had everything going its way early. A three-goal barrage in the first 11 minutes put the Coyotes ahead big. But the Avalanche rallied behind left wing Gabriel Landeskogs two goals and substitute goalie Calvin Pickard, who finished with 25 saves and no goals allowed.The third Coyotes goal, a twisting wrist shot by Tobias Rieder off a rush at 10:53 of the first period, marked a quick end to goalie Reto Berras night.Berra was also pulled in the first period of Colorados previous game, a 4-3 home win over Carolina on Saturday. The Avalanche rallied from a pair of two-goal deficits with Pickard in goal.He was again perfect, Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said. You have to give it to him. He battles out there and he competes and he deserves a lot of credit for his play right now.Arizona took the lead when Michael Stones shot glanced off teammate Antoine Vermettes stick and into the net at 3:36 of the first. The teams were skating 4-on-4 at the time.Stone madee it 2-0 at 10:20 when his shot appeared to go off the body of defenceman Nick Holden and past Berras extended glove. Mark Gastineau Jersey
. . Stone, a defenceman, tied his career high for points in a game with his first multipoint game of the season.Just 33 seconds later, Rieder scored.Landeskog tipped in his own rebound with a backhander at 5:49 of the second period to make it 3-1, but the Coyotes carried the two-goal lead into the third.Its been a long time coming. Ive been dry lately, Landeskog said. It felt good to put a couple in the back of the net.The Avalanche got within 3-2 when Landeskog wedged in between defenders in front of the net and put in a deflected shot from Nathan MacKinnon at 1:36.One guy (Landeskog) skates in between two of ours and gets the rebound, Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. Then the next two are off our sticks and in. What are you going to do?Smith made 30 saves, including a short-handed shot from Marc-Andre Cliche at 17:06 of the second period.Linemates Hanzal and Rob Klinkhammer returned to the lineup for the Coyotes. Hanzal played for the first time since Nov. 16, having missed four games due to a lower body injury.Klinkhammer was back after sitting out two straight and three of four.NOTES: Avalanche forward Alex Tanguay missed his second straight game due to a facial fracture. ... Semyon Varlamov, the Avs No. 1 goalie, was unavailable due to a groin injury. ... Jarome Iginla earned an assist on each of Landeskogs goals, giving him 1,181 career points, 48th on the NHL career list and third among active players. ... Colorado D Erik Johnson left the game at 1:11 of overtime, levelled by a hard check from Hanzal. ... Coyotes C Kyle Chipchura was a healthy scratch after playing four consecutive games. ... Arizona C Shane Doan moved into sole possession of 48th place in career NHL games played at 1,338. ... The Coyotes are 0-for-20 on power plays in their last five home games, including 0-for-1 on Tuesday. ' ' '