Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Hot 3-Point Shooting in Houston and Ann Arbor

Three-point shots were flying through the nets in Houston, Texas, and Ann Arbor, Michigan, last night.

In H-town, it was the NBA Rockets hitting 23-of-40 (57.5%) from beyond the arc, in a 140-109 rout of Golden State. Interestingly, every Rocket player who attempted at least one trey hit at a .500 or higher clip from downtown (box score):
  • James Harden, 4-of-5
  • Jeremy Lin, 5-of-8
  • Chandler Parsons, 4-of-8
  • Marcus Morris, 3-of-6
  • Toney Douglas, 2-of-4
  • James Anderson, 2-of-4
  • Patrick Patterson, 1-of-2
  • Patrick Beverley, 1-of-2
  • Donatas Motiejunas, 1-of-1
I don't know if an NBA team has ever before had each of its players make half or more of his three-point attempts in the same game, but I doubt it's very common!

Even more surprisingly, according to this game article, "The Rockets put on the shooting display without their best 3-point shooter -- Carlos Delfino sat out with a right elbow injury."

UPDATE: I have since discovered that on March 13, 2005, when Toronto hit 21 from downtown (61.8%, on 34 attempts) vs. Philly, all Raptors who attempted a shot were .500+. These include: Donyell Marshall, 12-of-19; Morris Peterson, 4-of-6; Rafer Alston, 2-of-3; Jalen Rose, 2-of-4; and Matt Bonner, 1-of-2. Also, the NBA's online record book lists Indiana as going 7-of-7 vs. Atlanta on January 20, 1995, for most three-point field goals without a miss in a game. Reggie Miller went 4-of-4, Haywoode Workman, 1-of-1, and Byron Scott, 2-of-2. What the 2013 Rockets and 2005 Raptors did on a lot more attempts is arguably more impressive than the Pacers' 7-of-7, I would say.

Meanwhile, up in Ann Arbor, Tim Hardaway, Jr., and his Michigan Wolverine teammates came roaring out of the locker room to begin the second half and made their first eight trey attempts of the period against Ohio State. UM's only three-point miss of the second half came on a potential game-winner at the buzzer, but the Wolverines prevailed in overtime, 76-74 (article).

As seen in this screen-capture of's play-by-play sheet (which I highlighted), Hardaway made four straight second-half threes within a 3:19 span (from between 12:04 and 8:45 left in the game). You may click on the graphic to enlarge it.

Hardaway added a fifth straight trey with 5:26 remaining.


Heading into last night's play, the Florida men were on one of the "most dominant seven-game stretches in conference play since 2000" (source, see where it says "13 Florida"). The stretch propelled the Gators to No. 2 in the nation. However, a horrible first half at Arkansas doomed Florida in an 80-69 streak-ending loss.

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