Several Houston Rockets forgot to take their jump shot to the early Sunday afternoon showdown with the Dallas Mavericks, leading to a 137-123 beatdown. The old saying “live by the three, die by the three” can be attributed to just about all six of the Rockets’ losses so far, as their poor outside shooting is frequently a culprit.
As a team, the Rockets made just 10 of their 44 attempts from beyond the arc, with James Harden being responsible for 13 of those misses. These kinds of nights are expected with a team that shoots more than half of their shots from downtown, but even more unsettling was Houston’s overall defensive performance.
Luka Doncic and the Mavericks came out of the gates with a fury, establishing a 45-29 lead after one. After cooling off later in the game, Harden and the Rockets were able to make the game competitive for a stretch until Doncic and Tim Hardaway Jr. took over.
Combining for 72 of the team’s 137 total points, the duo was hitting from everywhere on the court. They shot a combined 10-25 from the 3-point line when all was said and done, ended up with more points as a pair (72) than everyone on the Rockets not named James Harden or Russell Westbrook combined (64).
Mike D’Antoni stuck with a seven-man rotation for the most part, but only the starters made much of an impact. Houston’s bench was missing in action, scoring just 11 points total to the Mavericks’ 28.
Now on a three-game losing skid, the Rockets may need to start looking for more bench help if they want to avoid this becoming a major issue going forward.
Here is a breakdown of how everyone played on Sunday.
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