Wednesday night’s tough loss to the Philadelphia 76ers saw an up and down affair filled with huge offensive numbers from both teams. Here’s the look at the Houston Rockets’ 123-117 loss in overtime by the numbers.
The number of 3-pointers Jeremy Lin made, which was a career high, and tied Robert Horry for the franchise record of most 3’s made in a game. Lin hit 7 or his first 9 3-point attempts, before cooling off in the 4th quarter, when he shot just 2 more attempts, missing both.
Lin has scored 65 points in the last 2 games, which is a career high mark. This hot stretch may come at a good time with the Rockets hampered by injuries, and he makes his return to Madison Square Garden Thursday night to take on his former team. the New York Knicks.
The Rockets had a season high 34 assists as a team, leading to 43 made field goals. The movement and passing on offense was exceptional for the first 3 quarters, as inserting Terrence Jones into the starting lineup created much better spacing in the half-court offense.
The number of minutes Chandler Parsons has played in the last 2 games. Parsons has been dealing with back spasms and stated that he may not be able to play in one of the back-to-back games against the Sixers or Knicks. He gutted it out and finished with 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists, while defending Evan Turner all game.
The Rockets recorded double-digit block totals for the 2nd straight game: Dwight Howard blocked 6 shots, Parsons blocked 4, and Jones recorded 3 blocks.
The free throw percentage that the Rockets shot for the game(16 for 25), on a night where Howard didn’t struggle all that much from the line. Howard made 5 of 9 free throws, but Parsons missed 3, Patrick Beverley missed a technical foul shot, and the Rockets continue to be last in the NBA in free throw shooting percentage.
The number of fast break-points that the Sixers had. The Rockets didn’t score at all on the fast break in the first half, but managed 20 fast-break points of their own in the 2nd half. Nevertheless, it just seemed like the Sixers were always one step ahead on offense all night.
From the 4:22 mark in the 4th quarter to the beginning stages of the overtime period, the Rockets didn’t record a field goal in over 6 minutes. Omri Casspi made a layup in the lane to bump the Rockets lead to 102-96, only to have the Sixers tie the game at 106 on a James Anderson desperation 3. The Sixers then got out to a 3 point lead in overtime before Howard converted on a hook across the lane to break the spell.
Since 1970 when Elias first tracked starts as an official stat, Tony Wroten is the only player to record a triple-double in his first career start. With Michael Carter-Williams sitting out, Wroten responded with a career night, leading the Sixers late 4th quarter comeback.