Rockets Tie NBA Record for Threes in Blowout of Warriors (140 – 109)

Man, this was a fun game to watch. One of the most enjoyable games of the season for sure.  Probably the most enjoyable game I’ve seen this season (I missed the game in New York). Rockets played a perfect offensive game and shot so well throughout the game (except for one stretch in the third quarter when Jeremy was out of the game and Rockets couldn’t make a field goal for over 4 minutes). This game was definitely Lin’s best shooting game. Not just because he had a high field goal percentage, but it was the first game this season when I didn’t cringe when he shot the ball. His shooting stroke looked really good tonight. Hopefully, he can keep shooting with the same stroke. He has improved his shooting quite a bit in the past several games. So maybe he’s starting to get more comfortable with his stroke. We’ll see.

Rockets tied an NBA record for threes going 23 of 40 from three point (57.5%). They could have had a much better shooting percentage if it wasn’t for garbage time (they were 18 of 27 or 66.7% from 3-point range through three quarters and tied an NBA record for threes in a half going 14 of 18 or 77.8% in the first half from long distance. ). Speaking of garbage time, that was the most bizarre/eventful garbage time I’ve ever seen. There were flagrant fouls and guys getting thrown out of the game. Pretty crazy stuff. All because the Warriors didn’t want the Rockets to beat the NBA record for threes on their watch. The most ridiculous example is when Draymond Green wrapped his arm around Beverley’s neck, committing a flagrant foul to prevent Beverly from potentially hitting a record-setting three. I blame the fan’s. I think their chanting of “one more three” made getting another three a huge thing and it motivated the Warriors to prevent Houston from attempting a three at all costs. Had the fans just stayed quiet, I think the players might not have made it such a big deal. But, of course, can’t really blame the fans. It’s fun to chant things. That’s one of the reasons you go to the games. At least D-Mo can tell his grand kids that he hit the NBA record-tying three.

This is starting to look a lot like December, again. We’re starting to blow out teams, again. Man, I still want that Denver game. If we had that Denver game, this would have been a really great stretch of wins–especially since it’s against tough opponents. Warriors came off of a 4-game winning streak or something like that and they’ve been playing very well. We scored the most points this season against a great defense. Very improbable stuff. No one could have predicted we’d blow out the Warriors by 31 points!

Even going into half time, I didn’t think this game was in the bag, even though we were leading 77 to 62 (having made 14 threes). I thought we were just so hot from the field that we’d cool off in the second half, but it didn’t happen. I was worried that Rockets would fall in love with the three, but I thought the coaches did a good job of reminding them to no fall in love with the three. The ball movement tonight was as spectacular as it has been after the January slump. There was one possession in the second quarter when the ball was passed around so rapidly that I almost couldn’t keep up with my eyes. I don’t remember exactly the scenario, but it did involve Lin, Harden, Parsons and then it ended with a corner three from Patterson. Lin penetrated then dished out and then it ended up in the hands of Parsons, who penetrated and passed it to a corner three. That’s probably the fastest I’ve seen the ball move all season.

This Rockets team has been breaking a lot of records this season. That’s gotta count for something. When they’re gelling, they play out of their minds and are capable of blowing out most teams. They really need the practice time, though, because it seems like they always do so much better after they’ve had a few off days. I think they need to constantly be reminded of how to play their brand of basketball.

It goes without saying, but Lin was impressive tonight, both stat-wise and also how he played the game. He also shot the ball well. That’s the thing, if Lin can improve his shooting, he’ll put up impressive numbers consistently. It is one day after the Anniversary of Linsanity, so maybe that had something to do with it. Also, Lin was playing against the first team that cut him and against his good friend Lee, so I think those were also motivating factors. But probably the biggest motivating factor is that we needed this win badly and Lin likes to step up against good teams. Lin, for sure dominated the PG battle against Curry: Lin 28 points (10 of 16; 5 of 8 from three point, which is a career best for Lin), 9 assists, +37; Curry 7 points (3 of 12; 1 of 5 from three point), 9 assists.

Linharden dominated the back court battle: 46 points vs. 13 points and 16 assists vs. 10 assists.

Rockets as a team had 35 assists, which I imagine is the most this season. I wonder if it’s a franchise record. And they only committed 8 turnovers.

Rockets scored the most points of any team in Toyota Center (so many records were broken tonight). They also had a season high 77 points by half time. We had 8 players in double figures, but Lin was the only player of the game that scored more than 20 points. Asik ended with 15 boards, continuing his streak of board-domination. Patterson also had another high rebounding game with 10 boards. Parsons had another high assist game: 8. Both Parsons and Harden had 4 three pointers each. I thought Harden did a good job of not forcing shots too much today. He trusted his teammates and was more willing to pass, rather than score. So that was nice to see. I was very happy to see Anderson getting some minutes. I guess with Delfino out, McHale had no choice. And also they’ve had more practices to get Anderson up to speed. Anderson looked solid and was a very positive contributor. He didn’t just jack up threes, he also tried to make plays and even got four assists (he had two in non-garbage time). I’m hoping this is enough for McHale to give Anderson some minutes so Harden can rest. I think it was. We’ll see.

Anyway, it was one of the best wins of the season. Lets enjoy it and hope we continue our domination of the East with a revenge game against Miami. They stole the game from us the last time we met. We’re a much better team now. Lets see if Miami can run with us. I don’t know why, but I’m actually less fearful of Miami than I was of the Warriors. Of course, David Stern had to set it up so that the Rockets would be traveling to Miami on a back-to-back road trip against a Miami team that will have two days of rest for the game. It’s crazy how NBA schedules favor the big name teams. This and the refs favoritism of star players is blatant cheating that is just allowed in broad daylight.

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  • Prior to JLin’s performance tonight, I read in the news that he tweaked his ankle during practice and like last time it’s a game time decision for him. So glad, he is okay with the way the game ended.
    He is the top scorer and almost a double double game for him.
    Well like most of us, we hope that it will continue for their upcoming games especially against the champion team Miami. It’s kinda tough because it’s a back to back game and on the road.
    But still a W is possible as long as the team plays the way they play with those Wins.

    Go Rockets!!
    Go JLIN!!

    • standupphilosopher

      Yeah, I didn’t hear about Lin’s injury until today. Glad he was able to play. He played with a great deal of confidence, tonight. I think when his shot goes in, he plays with a lot more confidence and his game just opens up. He had two great no-look passes tonight. He was definitely just having fun out there and playing like he did during Linsanity.

      • Have you seen his latest youtube video “The Last Pick” Mr. Philosopher?
        Overwhelming response for those who have seen it and yeah including me 😉
        He posted it February 4, 2013, exactly a year ago Linsanity exploded.

        • standupphilosopher

          I didn’t see it until now. Thanks for sharing Rubielyn. Wow! Jeremy can really act. Very well produced video and inspirational. I like the music. Sounds like music from Friday Night Lights (one of the best TV drama series).

          • No problem Mr. Philosopher 🙂
            But JLin posted in his fb fanpage and twitter account that his acting sucks which i beg to disagree…hehehe
            Yes, most of the comments there is that it is very inspirational.
            Okay, i will pay attention to the soundtrack tonight.

  • MrPingPong

    I missed the first quarter of the game. Anyway, wow! Linsanity in February, so it seems. Watching the highlights by Coffee7ime, our Philosopher’s favorite Youtube uploader, one can see that Lin has asserted himself as the boss.

    I am feeling very good about the way the team is jelling. The ball goes to Lin now! There is nothing wrong with the way Lin shoots. It’s all mental in my opinion. Once the team comes to trust Lin completely, Lin will deliver!

    Rox will beat Heat tonight!

    • standupphilosopher

      Losing a close game to the Heat on the road on a back-to-back…I’m okay with that. The key to the game: Rockets committed so many offensive fouls–especially in transition. Those are possessions that we just pissed away. Sometimes, i think it’s better to not go full out when you get a loose ball. Just take care of the ball and don’t commit a charge. We had so many charges in transition tonight, it was ridiculous. Take back a few of those charges and we could have won the game. The most critical possession to me was when we were down just three and got a loose ball in transition. Harden had the ball and just forced up a shot and committed a charge surrounded by three Heat players. He had Lin on the wing the entire time wide open. Should have just dished it to Lin for a potential game-tying three. That was the game for me. When Harden committed that charge. Although, if it weren’t for Harden, we wouldn’t have been able to stay in the game down the stretch. Harden was money in the fourth. Oh well.

      • MrPingPong

        I missed the first quarter and part of the second. I am the same opinion with you, Philosopher, that we could have won the game if it weren’t for those “pissed away” charges.

        I am disappointed by the loss because I thought in the end there, the team did not believe in Lin. It was Harden all the way, the Heat knew that and they ganged up on him. There has to be more than one player to give the ball to in clutch plays like those in the last minute of this game. You are right, a quick dish to Lin on the wing could have and would have made the difference. I surmise that during the last time out, McHale drew up a very simple play: give the ball to Harden at all cost.

        Well back to Toyota Center against the Blazers. This time we must win and will win, no excuse!

  • MrPingPong

    Hah, I re-read this posting in Dec 2009 on Jeremy Lin.

    http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2009/12/15/1201646/bow-to-the-jeremy-lin-movement-b-o

    Our man has always been playing the same!

    • standupphilosopher

      I remember this post. Very prophetic. This guy was definitely way ahead of the curve.

      • Nice read!!
        Thanks much Mr. PingPong!!

    • i loved this, thank you.

      i’ve been reading a lot of negative press/blogs/forums on Lin making the skills competition for the all star game. HOU fans are even rooting against him, saying that he’s not qualified for the competition.

      It’s always good to read this stuff.

      • standupphilosopher

        I didn’t even know Lin was picked for the skills competition. I wonder how players get selected. I don’t know much about the skills competition. I actually haven’t watched the All Star since the 1990s.

      • standupphilosopher

        Thanks for the link, MrPingPong. Lin’s got the speed to do well in this competition. I think weaving around the obstacles while dribbling might be tough. Just concerned he might try and go too fast and loose his handling or something. He’s got his jumper back and top of the key is his range. So he should be able to make the shot in no more than two tries (hopefully). looks like the shooting is the key to winning the competition. Kind of odd, since point guards should be more about the passing. Overall, this skills competition isn’t all that interesting, though.

        • MrPingPong

          Yeah, it’s kinda boring. But for me, whatever Lin does will be interesting to watch. The competition is great though, with Tony Parker, Jeff Teague, Jrue Holiday, Damian Lillard and Brandon Knight.

          It will be best for Lin not to start first (ok, this is the one time that I do not want Lin to start) so that he can measure out his competitors. My take is all these guys are going all out trying to “beat” Lin (to “prove” that Lin is no good) and will make mistakes. Then Lin will end up winning by 0.1 sec!

          🙂

          Of course, I always bet on Lin. He has beaten all odds, hasn’t he?

          Have a great day/evening, wherever you are on this WEB!