By the Numbers: Parsons joins LeBron

By the Numbers: Parsons joins LeBron
March 3, 2013, 10:30 pm
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Sharp-shooting Parsons has career game

Chandler Parsons looked like he wasn't going to miss all game.

It almost lasted too.

Parsons hit his first 11 shots from the field before missing a three-pointer in the second half. He finished by shooting 12-of-13 with a career-high 32 points in the Rockets' 136-103 win on Sunday night.  

Not bad.

In fact, it's the second such performance in the NBA this season. Parsons is the second player in the league this season to score at least 30 points while shooting at least 90 percent.

The other? LeBron James.

Not bad company. James did it on Feb. 4 against the Bobcats. He made 13 of 14 shots but didn't attempt a three-pointer. He finished with 31 points.

Aside from James and Parsons, only seven other guys have had a game with 30 points and 90-percent shooting in the past 10 seasons.

Parsons became the first Rockets player with at least 13 field goal attempts to hit 92 percent of his shots in a game since Otis Thorpe went for 24 points on 12-of-13 shooting against Minnesota in March of 1990.

Parsons, with his fourth straight 20-plus point game, is now averaging 15.1 points per game on the season.

When Tim Ohlbrecht scored a three-point play late in the fourth quarter, he was the last Rocket in uniform to score. Every guy who suited up scored at least three points. Ohlbrecht's three points were his first in the NBA.

It was quite a team performace from the high-scoring Rockets. They didn't hit their season-high points (140) but with 136, they came pretty darn close. In fact, it's the second-highest total for a team in a non-overtime game this season. The Rockets now own the two highest in a non-overtime game.

The only two totals that are close: the Heat's 141 in a double-overtime game and the Jazz's 140 in a triple-overtime game.

What makes the high number of points even more impressive is the low number of turnovers. The Rockets didn't cough up the ball much on Sunday night; they had 13 turnovers. On the season, they are now 14-2 in games in which they have 13 or fewer turnovers.

Newcomer Thomas Robinson finally had his first solid game with the Rockets. He scored 10 points and gathered eight rebounds. He was just two points shy of his career high.

Meanwhile, James Harden and Jeremy Lin combined for 42 points, 16 assists and two turnovers.