4. Yao Ming- March 15th, 2006
The Rockets had a rough 2005-06 season, as they were 29-36 heading into their March 15th game against the Dallas Mavericks, who were 51-14 at the time. The Rockets were forced to play 35 games without Tracy McGrady that season, not to mention 25 games without Yao Ming in the same year.
This was the reason for the Rockets’ struggles that season, and they ultimately weren’t competitive during their game against the Mavs on March 15th, 2006 either, as they were defeated 97-81.
However, Yao did his part, as he had 36 points, which was a game-high. Not only that, Yao had 12 rebounds which was also a game-high. Yao posted a true shooting percentage of 76.3 percent, and went 12-of-17 from the field. This gave him a field goal percentage of 70.6 percent, which was the best among all starters in the game.
On top of that, Yao went 12-of-15 from the line, which were both the most attempts and makes from the charity stripe for the game. Unfortunately these efforts weren’t enough, as the Rockets ended up losing the game. Otherwise, Yao would be higher on this list.
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