The Houston Rockets are still living and dying with three-pointers, as it has become their main option for offense over the past several years. And on Wednesday night, the Rockets took it to another level.
Houston attempted 70 three-pointers in their showdown with the Brooklyn Nets at the Toyota Center. According to ESPN, the 70 three-point attempts is a new franchise record for the Rockets, eclipsing their previous record of 61, which they set in December 2016.
The Rockets shot 70 threes in their loss vs. the Nets.
The previous record for threes attempted in a game was 61 😳 pic.twitter.com/0ewshzWOAb
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) January 17, 2019
The Rockets converted 23 of those attempts from beyond the arc, and they looked to be on their way to winning after a huge third quarter. Houston outscored Brooklyn, 40-23, in the third period. However, Brooklyn recovered and forced overtime, where they escaped with a narrow 145-142 road win in Houston.
Spencer Dinwiddie had a big night, as he finished with 33 points and 10 assists off the bench. Jarrett Allen also had a productive game, as he racked up 20 points and 24 rebounds. DeMarre Carroll ended up with 22 points, while Treveon Graham posted 21 points for Brooklyn.
The Nets also waxed hot from downtown, as they converted 16 of their 36 three-point attempts. They also shot 51.9 percent from the field, and also won the battle of the boards, 57-47. Brooklyn, who came off a huge upset against the Boston Celtics, improved to 23-23 to remain sixth in the Eastern Conference standings.
James Harden's effort went down the drain. The reigning NBA Most Valuable Player finished with 58 points and 10 rebounds on top of six assists in a losing effort. Harden, who is coming off a 57-point performance against the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday, has been on a tear, averaging 44.4 points and 9.3 assists per game this month.