Houston Rockets, RGV Vipers Both Topped 140 Points on Tuesday
Many NBA Development League affiliates are in sync with their parent clubs, playing the same style, using the same terminology and sometimes even running the same sets. But what the Houston Rockets and Rio Grande Valley Vipers did on Tuesday night took one-to-one affiliation to another level.
About a half-hour after the Vipers completed a 146-point barrage against the Iowa Energy in Game 1 of the NBA D-League playoffs, the Rockets launched into a scoring outburst of their own, eventually finishing with 145 against the Lakers. RGV's point total was hardly unusual; they averaged 123.1 during the regular season, topping 140 three times. Houston's 145-spot, on the other hand, was the most scored in an NBA game this season, 11 shy of the 13-year-old team record.
Another note on their synergy: Two of RGV's top scorers -- Robert Covington (26 points) and Troy Daniels (26 points) -- played on assignment from the Rockets, while three of Houston's top scorers -- Terrence Jones (33 points), Isaiah Canaan (15 points) and Donatas Motiejunas (13 points) -- are Vipers alums.
More facts and figures from the 291-point night:
SHOT CHARTS (RGV ON LEFT, HOUSTON ON RIGHT):
Note: The Vipers and Rockets both rank first in their respective leagues in three-point attempts per game and last (by a mile) in mid-range shot attempts per game.
BY THE NUMBERS COMPARISON:
|Team||PTS||1st Q||2nd Q||3rd Q||4th Q||FGM-A (%)||3PM-A (%)||Poss.||OffRtg||eFG%|
|Vipers||146||38||40||36||32||57/106 (54%)||18/46 (39%)||115||125.0||62%|
|Rockets||145||35||31||49||30||56/97 (58%)||11/26 (42%)||114||130.3||63%|
Note: The Vipers played at the second-fastest pace (108.8 possessions per 48 minutes) during the regular season, while the Rockets rank fifth (98.8). RGV finished first in offensive rating (points per 100 possessions) at 112.2 compared to Houston's fourth-ranked 108.6. Both teams rank third in effective field goal percentage -- field goal percentage adjusted for three-pointers being worth 1.5 points more valuable than twos.