LAS VEGAS -- The Houston Rockets (3-0) used a 15-4 run that spanned 6:28 between the first and second quarters to take hold of a 79-65 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves (0-1) Sunday afternoon at the 2009 NBA Summer League presented by EA Sports from the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas.
James White sparked the Houston rally with a 3-pointer with 40 seconds remaining in the first quarter. White's trey pulled the Rockets within one at 18-17 to conclude the first 10 minutes.
"We got a good win today, we're improving every game," White said after the game. "We showed how much better we're getting every game. We played well today."
The Rockets kept the pedal down, as they scored five of the next eight points. Will Conroy put the Rockets up for good 2:55 into the second frame with a jumper for a one-point lead at 22-21. During the run, Houston extended its lead to seven points at 29-22 with 4:12 remaining before the half.
Houston flirted with a 10-point lead through most of the third quarter before achieving it on a free throw from White 7:30 through the stanza. White wound up giving the Rockets their largest lead of the game, 14 points, from the charity stripe with only eight seconds left in the game.
White wound up being Houston's top scorer with 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting. Chase Budinger and Joey Dorsey chipped in 11 apiece in a winning effort. Dorsey notched a double-double by combining a game-high 16 rebounds with his offensive production.
Minnesota was led by 14 from Corey Brewer in a losing effort. Jonny Flynn, the sixth overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, pitched in 11 points in his professional debut. Flynn was 2-of-3 behind the arc with both threes coming in the first quarter.
The Timberwolves return to the Cox Pavilion Monday afternoon (July 13) with a 4 p.m. ET contest vs. the NBA D-League Select team. Houston has a two-day layoff until its 10 p.m. ET affair with the Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday, July 15.