One Thing to Watch: The Houston Rockets make 27 threes – to make up for the 27 missed ones

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When you think about the modern NBA – which includes a heavy emphasis on shooting the three – one of the teams that might come to mind is the Houston Rockets.

The Splash Brothers in Golden State might be the best shooting backcourt of all-time, but no team gets them up quite the way the Rockets do.

Case in point: Houston’s superstar James Harden has averaged north of 10 three-point attempts per game the last three seasons, and his team has led the league in threes attempted over the last four seasons, shooting more than 4o per game.

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So, when the Houston Rockets are clicking on offense, that means they are more than likely connecting on a barrage of three-pointers and winning in blowout fashion, such was the case in Houston’s record-breaking performance against the Phoenix Suns on April 7, 2019.

The Rockets broke their own NBA record for made three-pointers in a single game with 27.

What made the performance so remarkable was that five days prior against the Sacramento Kings, Houston tied the NBA record for made three-pointers with 26, a record the team set earlier in the season against the Washington Wizards.

Ironically, the number 27 hasn’t always been a lucky one for Harden and Houston.

In the previous season’s Western Conference Finals, the Rockets missed 27 straight three-pointers in Game 7 against the Golden State Warriors, a game in which they lost, 101-92, finishing 4-for-44 from beyond the arc.

Presumably, for most teams, this night would have led to a completely different approach to the game in the following season. Missing out on a trip to the NBA Finals on the back of 27 straight missed three-pointers is just a tough pill to swallow.

But not the Rockets.

Much to our delight, they just keep on shooting.

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