Trailing by 1 in the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Houston Rockets needed someone to step up.
No surprise that it was James Harden who came through.
Harden scored 44 points and powered a big fourth-quarter run that allowed the Rockets to outlast the Timberwolves 104-101 Sunday night in Game 1 of the first-round playoff series.
Harden got Capela in on the scoring after that, finding him for an alley-oop that pushed the lead to 101-93 with less than three minutes left.
Honestly I was just trying to be aggressive and make the right play, Harden said. I think if you have that aggressive mindset, good things will happen.
The top-seeded Rockets had their hands full with the No. 8 Timberwolves on a night where Houston made just 10 of 37 3-pointers. Harden shot 7 for 12 on 3-pointers, but Trevor Ariza, P.J. Tucker, Eric Gordon and Paul combined to make just 3 of their 22 tries.
We’ve had games like this throughout the season and the biggest thing that I’ve learned, that I think our teams knows is that we don’t stop shooting, Paul said. We still take the shots that we get and coming into Game 2 guess what? We’re going to shoot them again because we have that confidence.
It doesn’t have to be today or tomorrow, there is no deadline, Francesa told The Post during a very civil 10-minute conversation.
After retiring from WFAN in December, Francesa, 64, wasn’t contractually allowed to make his next move until April 1. The date has passed and Francesa is still trying to figure out all the logistics of his next stop. He said he is making progress, but no one will find out until he announces it.
Only three people know, Francesa said. And one is my wife.
When asked if he will join social media, Francesa didn’t say yes, but he didn’t say no.
Bernie & Sid is hosted by Bernard McGuirk and Sid Rosenberg, who replaced another radio legend, Don Imus, this week on 770 AM. While they did not get Francesa, later this week they are scheduled to have another newsmaker of near-equal importance.