By Chris Ladd
The Houston Rockets earned their first win of the season Sunday night with a 120-94 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Corey Brewer was one of four players to reach double figures in points for the Timberwolves. Brewer finished the night with 10 points, six rebounds, and three assists in 24 minutes of action.
Kevin Love paced the Timberwolves in scoring with 16 points and 16 rebounds. Michael Beasley had 15 points and Nikola Pekovic added 12 points.
Luis Scola poured in 24 points and Kevin Martin scored 21 points to lead the way for the Rockets.
Yao Ming had 13 points and four boards in limited playing time. Shane Battier added 17 points.
The Timberwolves struggled from the field shooting 34 of 91 for the game.
“We were mentally prepared for the game but we couldn’t throw a pea into into the ocean,” Minnesota Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis said. “Our confidence got sucked out of us and we just couldn’t make a shot. Our defense was compromised and it was a tough loss.”
The Rockets dominated the game at the free-throw line making 39 of 47 free throws.
Brewer has came on strong over the last three games for the Timberwolves. Brewer is averaging 13.3 points per game in 24 minutes of action.
The Timberwolves have lost five straight.
Minnesota will travel to Los Angeles Tuesday night for a match-up against the Lakers.