The Rockets and Wizards had an old fashion shoot out last week.
90 three pointer attempts.
The third highest scoring regulation NBA game.
A combined 153 points in half time and a 48 point fourth quarter for the Rockets.
A final score of the Rockets winning 159-158. A combined 317 points.
This game was an All-Star game in the regular season.
The game itself was close for most of the game, with teams trading baskets throughout the game, until the Wizards seemed to break away in the fourth and get up 12.
However, Houston managed to snag back the lead within the final minutes, behind another historic performance by James Harden, who made one of his two free throws with 8 seconds to go, which led the Rockets to victory.
Harden had another monster game with 59 points, 38 of which came in the second half. He nearly had another 60 point game but missed his final free throw, leaving him at 59 points for the game. Harden seemed to struggle shooting the ball in the first week of the season but seemingly got his offensive mojo back this game, shooting 18-32 from the field with a nifty 9 assists.
Westbrook had another triple double and Clint Capella had 21 points and 12 rebounds. Houston shot well at 53% from the field and 42% from three but really this game was all about pace and turnovers. Houston had 6 less turnovers and managed to have an extra 12 shots for the game which gave the Rockets the opportunity to score that extra point necessary for the win.
For the Wizards, we are unlikely to see a game like this probably ever again (well at least for this season). For Bradley Beal, shooting 14/20 for 46 points with 8 assists and 6 rebounds is more than likely as is Rui Hachimura scoring 23 points off 13 shots, BUT the Wizards bench is unlikely to replicate their incredible offensive performance from this game any time soon.
To put it bluntly, the Wizards bench barely missed anything:
Mo Wagner had 12 points off 5-8 shooting.
Isaiah Thomas has 17 points and 10 assists, shooting over 50% from the field.
Troy Brown Jr had 14 points off 5-7 shooting.
While the biggest surprise was Davis Bertans who had 21 points off 6-9 shooting from three. Simply put: he went ham.
The Wizards shot an incredible 63% from the field and 56% from three.
While the Wizards eventually ended up losing the game, and as was put quite well by Bradley Beal: “I hate moral victories”, this close game has to feel good for a Wizards team that most believed would be one of the worst teams in the league.