When the 2013-2014 season began, only once in Rockets franchise history had a player connected on nine 3-pointers in a game. In the first 45 games this season, it’s happened twice, with the most recent occurrence coming on Friday night with Chandler Parsons setting a new franchise record with ten 3-pointers.
That’s the good news, the bad news is it came in a loss, with the Rockets falling to the Grizzlies, 88-87. Strangely, earlier this season on Nov. 13, when Jeremy Lin tied Robert Horry’s franchise mark of nine 3-pointers made in a game, the Rockets also lost, falling 123-117 in overtime at Philadelphia.
For Parsons, the performance on Friday night was spectacular and it really came out of nowhere. The Rockets trailed 43-35 at halftime and Parsons was just 1-of-5 overall and had missed each of three 3-point attempts. He rectified that quickly in the second half, banging home a pair or 3-pointers in the opening two minutes of the third quarter.
Then he didn’t miss the entire quarter. He didn’t shoot anything but 3-pointers the entire quarter. He made six in all during the third quarter, becoming the first Rockets player ever to hit six 3-pointers in one quarter.
“I was pretty much unconscious, my body went numb,” Parsons said. “I’ve never felt that feeling on a basketball court before. It was a lot of fun. It felt like anything I would throw up there would go in. It felt extremely good.”
It felt good enough for him to continue to take and make the long-range jumpers all the way until the 1:51 mark of the final period. He made ten consecutive shots from behind the 3-point line, which tied Kenny Smith’s franchise record. With all ten 3-pointers coming in the second half, Parsons now holds the NBA record for most 3-pointers made in a half, breaking the mark held by Deron Williams, which he set last season.
“I struggled in the first half, but I hit an early three in the second half from the corner,” Parsons said. “Then hit two more right after that. I felt really good after that and they did a great job of getting me open and I was able to get free and knock them down. After the third one in the second half I knew I was feeling good.”
Grizzlies guard Mike Conley was very impressed with the shooting display. “It was unbelievable. Everything he put up was going in and it got scary there for a little bit and we couldn’t stop him. When somebody is shooting like that, what can you do? Luckily, we got the win.”
“That Chandler, he is something else,” Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph said. “The kid has improved so much and he works on his game and there’s not enough I can say about the young guy. He keeps working and getting better and better.”