The Houston Rockets came two points from this season’s best half on an ESPN primetime game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. They scored 79 points on 73 percent shooting, including 11-of-18 from behind the three-point arc, and they did it all while taking ONE two-point shot outside the painted area.
"You're gonna have to take some non-paint 2s," they say.— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) March 26, 2017
Not the Rockets. They took ONE mid-range shot on 42 first-half field-goal attempts pic.twitter.com/PHeavp0HjS
The Rockets were poised to blow by this season’s high, which is 81 points — done by the Cavaliers on Nov. 23, the same night the Warriors scored 80 points in their first half. But Houston missed a couple makeable shots late that otherwise would have propelled it past that mark. Once, it looked like Patrick Beverley might be able to squeeze in a layup, and passed it up.
At the end of the half, Trevor Ariza’s half-court bomb was just barely too long.
Instead, they’ll have to settle only for a 20-point lead at halftime and 12 missed shots (in 42 attempts) as they demolish the Thunder.
The Rockets continued their hot shooting streak, scoring 113 points through three quarters. They finished the 3rd quarter shooting 68 percent from the floor including this James Harden buzzer beater.