Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 2/5

Game 1: Tuesday, February 5th
Game 2: Tuesday, February 12th
Game 3: Friday, March 8th
Game 4: Sunday, March 17th

Warriors 109

(30-18, 14-12 away)

Rockets 140

(27-23, 17-8 home)

    Coverage: CSN Houston

    8:00 PM ET, February 5, 2013

    Toyota Center, Houston, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    GS 37 25 24 23109
    HOU 38 39 27 36140

    Top Performers

    GS: D. Lee 18 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast

    Hou: J. Lin 28 Pts, 1 Reb, 9 Ast, 1 Stl

    Rockets tie NBA record, sink 23 3-pointers in win vs. Warriors

    Associated Press

    HOUSTON -- The Houston Rockets tied an NBA record and set a franchise mark with 23 3-pointers in a 140-109 win over Golden State on Tuesday night.

    Jeremy Lin sank five 3-pointers, a career high, and Chandler Parsons and James Harden hit four apiece as the Rockets reached a season-high point total. They also tied an NBA record with 14 3-pointers in the first half and dished out a season-high 35 assists on 46 field goals overall.

    Lin scored 28 points, Harden added 18 and Parsons scored 16 for Houston. The Rockets put on the shooting display without their best 3-point shooter -- Carlos Delfino sat out with a right elbow injury.

    Jarrett Jack scored 20 points and David Lee had 18 for the Warriors. Houston tied the single-game record for 3s set by Orlando in a 139-107 win over Sacramento on Jan. 13, 2009.

    The Rockets were 18 of 27 from 3-point range through three quarters, and they also bottled up Golden State's leading scorer, limiting Stephen Curry to seven points on 3-for-12 shooting.

    Houston finally hit a dry spell early in the fourth, missing its first three 3-point attempts. Marcus Morris then hit one from the wing, and Parsons flashed him a smile as the two trotted back down the court.

    With the outcome decided, Rockets coach Kevin McHale pulled his starters with about six minutes left, leaving the pursuit of the NBA record to the reserves. Newcomer Patrick Beverley sank one from the corner for No. 22 and seldom-used Donatas Motiejunas swished another to tie Orlando's mark.

    The fans figured out quickly they were on the verge of witnessing history, beginning to chant "One more 3!" with less than two minutes left. Beverley drove for a one-handed dunk with 1:04 remaining, prompting a mix of cheers and groans.

    Beverley took a hard foul from Draymond Green on a 3-point try with 34 seconds left. Beverley and Green snapped at one another, prompting a heated argument between several players. Green and Morris were ejected.

    The Rockets had one more possession to grab the record outright, but Golden State wasn't going to allow it, intentionally fouling the Rockets at the end.

    Morris sank three 3-pointers for Houston, which had never made more than 17 in a game.

    The Rockets went 7 for 10 from 3-point range in the first quarter, but only 13 for 25 from the field overall. Lin and James Anderson sank 3s early in the second quarter to keep Houston in front. The Warriors made 20 of their first 32 shots and still couldn't keep pace.

    Houston tied an NBA record with 14 3s on only 18 attempts in the first half. Milwaukee had 14 3s in a half against Phoenix in March 2006 and New York matched that total twice last season -- against Portland on March 14 and against Boston on April 17.

    Curry, though, had the most spectacular shot before the break, just beating the buzzer with a half-court shot to cut Houston's lead to 77-62.

    But Golden State's perimeter defense was no better in the third quarter, and 3-pointers by Parsons and Lin stretched the gap past 20. Harrison Barnes ran out to guard Lin on his next 3-point attempt, and Lin blew by him for a layup and an 87-64 Houston lead.

    Toney Douglas swished a 3 from the corner with 1:38 left in the third quarter for No. 18, and Houston cruised over 100 points. The Warriors shot 54 percent (36 of 67) through three quarters and still couldn't mount a rally.

    Game notes

    The Warriors have lost 15 of their last 17 games against the Rockets, and nine in a row in Houston. ... Golden State dropped to 8-1 this season when scoring at least 30 points in the first quarter. ... Houston sank at least 10 3-pointers for the 27th game. ... The Rockets set season highs for first-quarter and first-half points.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Research Notes

    From Elias: Would you believe 34.3% of field goal attempts taken by teams up at least 30 points in the 4th quarter have been 3-pointers this season (151/443).
    Nine different Rockets have made a 3-pointer tonight: 3-pt FG notable Jeremy Lin (5) Career-high Chandler Parsons (4) James Harden (4) Had 3 over previous 3 games combined Marcus Morris (3) Made 2 all of last season (in 17 games) Toney Douglas (2) James Anderson (2) Had 9 all season entering the game Patrick Patterson (1) 0-5 in career before this season Donatas Motiejunas (1) 3-9 career entering the game Patrick Beverly (1) Playing in his 10th career game 23 team 3-pointers made ties the NBA record for most in a game
    Rockets have 77 points at halftime...most by a team in regulation this season is 132 by the Spurs (at Bobcats). Spurs had 59 at halftime of that game.
    The Rockets and Warriors combined for 249 points Tuesday night in a Rockets 140-109 victory, the second-most combined points scored in a non-overtime game this season. The Warriors and Kings combined for 258 points in a Kings 131-127 victory on December 19.
    The Rockets and Warriors combined for 139 points in the first half Tuesday night, the most combined points for a first half in any game this season. The Rockets and Spurs combined for 134 points on December 28th this season for the previous high for a first half.

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