As they lined up around the 3-point arc, the Rockets happily fired away like one of those post-practice shooting contests to pass the time.
Chandler Parsons fired away from the corners, James Harden from on tip. Jeremy Lin launched 3s on the break. Toney Douglas, James Anderson and Marcus Morris rushed in off the bench and bombed away.
Facing the NBA’s best 3-point shooting team, the Rockets nailed 3-pointer after 3-pointer as the lead swelled to 29 and the benches were cleared with five minutes still left. Patrick Beverley hit 3-pointer No. 22. Donatas Motiejunas sank another from the corner, giving the Rockets 23 3-pointers, tying the NBA record.
With the Toyota Center crowd cheering “One More 3, one more 3,” getting louder with each chorus, and then rising to its feet with every Rockets possession, the Warriors finally had enough. The Rockets had made 23 of 40 3-pointers. They had scored more points than any team ever had in Toyota Center. But the Warriors spent the final minutes of the game intentionally fouling the Rockets before they could take one more 3 for the record, happily settling instead with a 140-109 rout.
Beginning with a Patrick Beverley drive to a slam and celebration when Golden State was finally closing out at the 3-point arc, the Warriors made sure the game of HORSE ended. On one possession, Draymond Green clotheslined Beverley in the corner to keep him from launching.
By then, the benches had long-since been cleared, with ever Rockets starter scoring in double figures led by Jeremy Lin’s 28 points and nine assists. Parsons had 16 with eight assists. Omer Asik controlled the boards with 15, but failed to take a 3 all ni ght.
The show had begun in the first half. As if inspired by the sight of the Warriors’ league-best 3-point shooting team, the Rockets spent the half as if showing off.
No one stopped anyone in the half, but the Rockets took the bulk of their shots from much further out, at least until the running 43-footer Stephen Curry hit to end the first half.
The Rockets hit a season-high seven 3-pointer in the first quarter then dropped in seven more in the second quarter. The second-most prolific 3-point shooting team in the NBA, by halftime, they were within a pair of 3-pointers of matching their season high. They made 14 of 18 (77.8 percent) of their 3s in the half, with Harden going 4 of 4 from distance. Even with their best 3-point shooter this season, Carlos Delfino, out with a strained elbow, the Rockets bench went 4 of 4 from distance.
Rockets tie NBA 3-point record, blow out Warriors
Houston Chronicle | Feb 6