The Houston Rockets landed in Miami with the intention of taking off again. Following their historic shooting performance against the Warriors the previous night, Houston shot 58.8% on the night and kept pace with the East-best Heat, racking up 30 points in the first and 108 overall. James Harden went berserk late to close a gap, but the Heat just had too much firepower. Harden may have dropped a superstar line, but Miami got that from both LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, proving too much for Houston to handle.
So far this season, the Rockets are 4-3 in games decided by five points or less. The fact that Houston has played only seven such games over a 50-game sample points to the great variance and variability in this young team’s performance. A 4-3 record doesn’t suggest that the Rockets are performing particularly poorly or exceptionally in close games. Nonetheless, I took a look at the available clutch statistics to see if I could find anything of interest, especially when compared with how the Rockets perform in general.
Let Me Count The Ways – If there is a record for number of records tied or broken in an NBA game, the Rockets probably broke it last night.
1. Tied most 3-pointers made in an NBA game: 23
2. Tied most 3-pointers made in a first half: 14
2. New team record: most 3-pointers made in a Houston Rockets game
3. Most points scored in the Toyota Center: 140
5. Most three pointers by Jeremy Lin in a game: 5
List continues after the break…
Tonight, in many ways, was a game devoted to setting records. The Rockets offense scored 77 points in the first half, their most points in a half for the season, tied the all-time NBA record of 23 3-pointers in a game, and finished with by far their most points of the season with 140. Yet at the very end, the Rockets set a less quantifiable record through the fact that I have never seen such a testy 30-point blowout at the very, very end of the game.