By the Numbers: Rockets' offense explodes

By the Numbers: Rockets' offense explodes
February 6, 2013, 2:15 am
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Highlights: Rockets crush Warriors

The Rockets didn't just beat the Warriors on Tuesday, they crushed them.

The Rockets won 140-109 on Tuesday night and in the process tied the high game score in the NBA this season. The Utah Jazz scored 140 on Nov. 12 but it took them three overtimes to get that many. In a non-overtime game, the highest total from a team before Tuesday night was 132.

On Monday night, the 76ers beat the Orlando Magic 78-61. Yup, the total points in that game: 139. The Rockets outscored an entire game by themselves.

In the last 10 years, before Tuesday night, only 18 teams had scored 140 or more points in a regulation (no overtime) NBA game.

But the big story from the Rockets on Tuesday night was all about three-point shots. The Rockets made 23 threes, which tied an NBA record.

The NBA record was -- and still is -- held by the Orlando Magic, who hit 23 threes in a Jan. 13, 2009 win, 139-107, over the Sacramento Kings. In that one, the Magic took just 37 threes for a percentage of 62.2.

On Tuesday, the Rockets shot 23-of-40 from three-point range for 57.5 percent. They actually shot worse from two-point range, 23-of-51 for 45 percent. The Rockets spread around their long-distance scoring too. Nine different players made a three and Jeremy Lin led the way with five.

It's important to note that the Rockets tied the NBA record for three-pointers in a game without their best deep-range shooter, Carlos Delfino, who sat out with an elbow injury.