Rockets 140, Warriors 109By The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Tue, Feb 5, 2013 10:50 PM EST
HOUSTON -- The Houston Rockets rained 3-pointers from the Toyota Center rafters in NBA record-tying fashion, and the Golden State Warriors were powerless against the barrage, falling 140-109 on Wednesday night. The Rockets (27-23) shot 23 for 40 from behind the arc, including a remarkable 14 for 18 in the first half during their blitz of the Warriors (30-18), whose four-game winning streak came to a decisive halt. Golden State, renowned for the perimeter marksmanship of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, finished a miserable 3 for 15 on 3-pointers. For the third time this season the Rockets featured three players with at least seven assists as Jeremy Lin (28 points, nine assists), Chandler Parsons (16 points, eight assists) and James Harden (18 points, seven assists) set the tone for their red-hot offense. Each hit at least four 3-pointers, with Lin pacing the Rockets by shooting 5 for 8 from deep. Houston drilled 7 of 10 from deep in the first quarter yet the Warriors kept pace by shooting 58.3 percent from the floor while converting 7 of 8 from the free-throw line and trailed 38-37 heading into the second. But the Rockets' surge continued unabated, with four successive treys from Toney Douglas, Harden, Patrick Patterson and Lin to extend the lead to 64-53 with 4:24 remaining in the first half. Harden sank another 3 with 1:57 left, but the Rockets' largest lead of the half -- 77-59 -- was cut to 15 when Curry sank a buzzer-beating 3 from just inside half court. The Rockets hit a relatively modest four 3-pointers in the third but extended their lead to 93-66 when Patterson hit a 19-foot jumper with 6:39 remaining. While the Warriors didn't officially concede, the deficit was so substantial that even when the Rockets cooled the lead was safe. Jarrett Jack paced the Warriors with 20 points while David Lee added 18 along with seven rebounds. The Rockets set a Toyota Center record for points scored, snapping the mark of 131 set on multiple occasions, and matched the NBA single-game record for 3-pointers made set by the Orlando Magic against the Sacramento Kings on Jan. 13, 2009. NOTES: Rockets reserve swingman Carlos Delfino suffered through right elbow pain for weeks before finally succumbing and playing just seven minutes Saturday night against the Bobcats. With an MRI revealing loose cartilage in the joint, the Rockets are unsure when Delfino will return. "He's been a guy that solidifies a lot of stuff for us," Rockets coach Kevin McHale said. "He did a lot of good stuff for us. He was always a calming effect for us, and we'll miss him a lot." ... One knee-jerk response to the return of Warriors center Andrew Bogut from ankle surgery was a presumed lightened load on power forward David Lee. While the sample size is small -- Bogut has played just three games since Jan. 28 -- winds of change are blowing. "It's going to make life easier for David," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "A lot of teams put their banging big man on David. With Bogut in the lineup, you can't do that. If you chose to do that, there's a price to pay on the other side."
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