Warriors head coach Mark Jackson said the story of Tuesday's 140-109 loss to the Rockets should be how poorly his team played, and not his antics in the game's final minute.
But though the Warriors' defense was pretty embarrassing in Houston, the coach's decision to intentionally foul three times in the closing 35 seconds to keep the Rockets from attempting a record-setting three-pointer appeared feeble.
The Rockets scored an NBA season-high 77 first-half points on their way to setting a Toyota Center record for points scored in a game. They tied NBA records with 14 three-pointers in the first half and 23 in the game, but the Warriors finally figured how to stop the onslaught.
With the few remaining from a crowd of 15,453 standing and chanting for "one more three," Jackson had his players intentionally foul the Rockets. Starting with Draymond Green's flagrant foul on Patrick Beverley, the Warriors fouled on each of Houston's final three possessions as the fans booed.
"We're not going to lie down," Jackson said. "I was an old-school basketball player. I'm an old-school coach. If you can't appreciate that, that's on you.
"If you're going to try to get the record, we're going to stop you. ... I would expect nothing less if I was on the other side."
Orlando made 23 three-pointers against Sacramento in 2009. Only three other teams had made 14 threes in a half, and the Rockets shattered their franchise mark for threes in a game by six.
The Rockets made seven three-pointers in each of the first and second quarters, and their hula-hoop-bellied mascot, Clutch, made a halfcourt shot on his first try at halftime.
"Throughout the whole game, you figured they'd cool off just a little bit, but we have to force them into tough shots," said Warriors point guard Stephen Curry, who was limited to seven points on 3-for-12 shooting. "We can't just give them open looks. It gets pretty ugly, pretty fast, if you don't do anything about it.
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Rockets rout Warriors by 31
San Francisco Chronicle | Feb 6