Rockets Win an Insanely Entertaining Game… By 31 Points
The Houston Rockets have played 50 games this year, and last night’s was by far the most bizarre. Houston beat Golden State by the score of 140-109 last night… and that’s not even the half of it. Scoring 140 points in regulation is pretty ridiculous as it is, but wait, it gets better. Before, I get into the good stuff, here’s a few other strange facts about last night’s game:
- Houston managed to score 140 points with James Harden scoring only 18.
- The Rockets scored 77 first half points, the most by any team in the league this season.
- On 46 made baskets, the Rockets accumulated 35 assists.
- The Warriors shot nearly 48% and lost by 32.
- Houston committed only 8 turnovers all game (they average 16 per game)
Now comes the real good stuff:
- Houston tied an NBA record with 23 make three pointers last night.
- Nine different players on Houston converted at least one three pointer
- Houston tied the record with their best three point shooter, Carlos Delfino, sitting out from the game with an elbow injury.
- Houston ended the game with a mark of 23-40 from three point range, good for 58%.
- Houston made 16 of their first 20 three pointers.
- Jeremy Lin went 5/8 from three point land last night. Lin made only 10 three pointers in the month of November (14 games).
- Houston had 10 different players score more than 4 points in the game.
8 players were in double-digits
After all the amazing statistics from last night’s game, there’s more. After Houston tied the record for most three pointers made in a game, Warriors’ coach Mark Jackson wasn’t going to let them break it. In the final 2 minutes of a game that was won by 31 points, the losing team intentionally fouled Houston before they could get up another three point shot. Patrick Beverly went 6-8 down the stretch from the line, and Toney Douglas went 6-6, almost all on intentional fouls and technical free throws- again, in the final two minutes of a 31 point victory.
To make it even better, as Patrick Beverly was about to get up a three pointer with about 34 seconds left, Draymond Green made sure that it didn’t happen. Green was faked out by a pump fake, but instead of just flying past Beverly, he stuck a fist out that landed in Beverly’s chest. Green received a flagrant foul on the play, and was also ejected. A little argument broke out soon after, which led to the ejection of Marcus Morris, too.
To top all of these bizarre occurrences off, Samuel Dalembert scored 35 points for the Milwaukee Bucks in a loss to Denver tonight. That’s a career-high for Sam, and for all the Rockets’ fans that suffered through Dalembert’s play last year, you realize the irony here.
Houston plays Golden State next Tuesday, and after a game like this, you know the next contest will be another shootout. Next week’s game will be played in Golden State, on the front end of a back-to-back for Houston.