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Rockets break own record for single-game 3-pointers

The Houston Rockets’ 3-point onslaught continued Sunday in a 149-113 triumph over the Suns as they drilled 27 shots from beyond the arc to break their own NBA single-game record.

It came just five days after they tied the mark, initially set against the Los Angeles Lakers in January, with 26 against the Sacramento Kings. They now hold the top three single-game performances, and four of the top 10.

The Rockets made 27 of 57 attempts from 3, good for 47.4 percent. Seven players hit at least two 3s, including Eric Gordon (8-13), James Harden (5-6) and P.J. Tucker (4-9).

Most 3-pointers in single game, team
27 – Rockets vs. Suns, 2019
26 – Rockets vs. Kings, 2019
26 – Rockets vs. Wizards, 2018
25 – Cavaliers vs. Hawks, 2017
24 – Warriors vs. Bulls, 2018
24 – Warriors vs. Pelicans, 2019
24 – Nuggets vs. Bucks, 2018
24 – Nuggets vs. Warriors, 2017
24 – Nets vs. Bulls, 2018
24 – Rockets vs. Pelicans, 2016

Gary Clark tied the record with a little over three minutes to play and Houston missed the next four before Austin Rivers broke it with 1:09 remaining. He crouched a bit and pointed at the Phoenix bench after the make as fans bellowed: ”Threeeeeeee!”

”There was no choice,” Rivers deadpanned. ”The ball was coming to me.”

He said he didn’t realize they were close to breaking the record until he heard the crowd yelling at them to take more 3s.

”I think it made it interesting especially toward the end,” Rivers said. ”It made guys play for something else. When you’re up by like 35, 40 points that’s a lot of points.”

Harden, who had 13 rebounds and nine assists, scored 16 points in the third quarter, capped by a 3-pointer just before the buzzer which gave Houston a 40-point advantage entering the fourth quarter. Harden made the shot and held his follow through for a couple of seconds before walking to bench – where he’d remain for the rest of the night with the game well in hand.

It was the second straight game in which Harden sat out the entire fourth quarter, giving the league’s leading scorer, who averages almost 37 minutes a game, some much-needed rest as the playoffs approach.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.