April 27th, 2014
It’s safe to say that the Rockets were major overachievers during the 2012-13 season, as they outperformed the expectations of many. There were much different expectations heading into the 2013-14 season, however, as the Rockets landed the prize of the free agency class in Dwight Howard, who Chandler Parsons personally recruited.
The Rockets went 54-28 in the first year of The Beard and Superman being paired together, which resulted in the fourth-seed in the Western Conference. The Rockets defied the conventional logic that it takes time for stars to learn how to play together, as Howard and Harden both made the All-Star team and were All-NBA selections.
Parsons was arguably one of the best third wheels in the league, as he averaged a career-best 16.6 points, while finishing inside the top 35 in 3-pointers made. All in all, Parsons made 37 percent of his triples, which was the best 3-point percentage among all Rockets starters.
Parsons made 36.1 percent of his treys during the Rockets’ first round matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers, which also led all Rockets starters. During that series, Parsons averaged 19.3 points and 6.8 rebounds, which was no surprise considering the level of consistency he had flashed throughout his Rockets career.
But his best game of the series came on April 27th, which was Game 4. Parsons scored 26 points on 18 shots (61.1 percent), as he went 11-of-18 from the field. Although 61.1 percent is incredibly efficient, he fared even better from downtown in that game, as he went 4-of-6 from deep, which was good for 66.7 percent.
The fourth-year forward added eight rebounds and had a true shooting percentage of 68.9 percent, which was the highest among Rockets starters. Although that was the last year for Parsons in a Houston Rockets uniform, he certainly outperformed his second-round contract during his days in the Space City.
Parsons turned in several great games, but possibly none better than the performances he had on April 27th.