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.
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.
The Green Bay Packers’ home schedule includes a Monday Night Football matchup with the San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 15, and the New York Giants will travel to face the Dallas Cowboys in Week 2.
Earlier Thursday, the NFL announced dates for its three London games. A matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams in Mexico City on Nov. 19 was announced Wednesday.
The 2018 schedule has three three-game road trips, down from seven last year. Also, no team plays a road game following a road Monday night match. That occurred last year five times.
Thanksgiving will provide a feast of divisional games. The traditional doubleheader in Detroit and Dallas has the Lions playing the Bears, followed by the Redskins at the Cowboys. At night, it will be Atlanta visiting New Orleans.
Other intriguing matchups include the Cleveland Browns, who lost all 16 games last season, hosting archrival Pittsburgh Steelers on the opening Sunday; New England at Jacksonville in a rematch of the AFC title game in Week 2; the Eagles and Vikings in an NFC championship game redux in Philly on Oct. 7; and the Steelers vs. Patriots in Pittsburgh in Week 15.
“We like to open at home in front of our great fans and this will be the second season in a row we do it against the Steelers,” Browns coach Hue Jackson said. “We start with the best in our division.”