Jan 16, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets head coach Kevin McHale sits on the scorer
In a tale of two-halves the Houston Rockets played an amazing first half and imploded in the second leading to a Okahoma City Thunder win 104-92.
The Rockets scored 73 points at the half, which was five more than their previous most this season. A halftime lead by 13 over the Thunder evaporated in the third quarter when the Rockets only scored 10 points, after scoring 41 points in the second quarter. The Thunder went 0-17 from deep in the first half, while the Rockets nailed 12 threes. The Rockets finished making 12-34 from deep, while the Thunder went 6-25 from deep.
Houston had there hands full with Kevin Durant who shot 38% from the field but finished with 36 points thanks to 18 of 20 from the free throw line. Reggie Jackson scored 23, and Serge Ibaka finished with 21 points.
HOUSTON SCORED ONLY 19 points in the second half but scored 73 points in the FIRST HALF!
In what has been a consistent trend for the Rockets; they get a big lead, the opposing team makes a comeback, and Houston buckles. James Harden did not score in the second half finishing with 16 points, 8 dimes, and 7 boards. Terrance Jones finished 16 points, and 13 boards. Dwight Howard finished with 11 points, and Jeremy Lin had 6 points
The Rockets set a NBA record for largest negative point differential between halves with -54 points. a strange record.
The Rockets next face the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday at the Toyota Center.