Rockets sink 24 treys to blast NBA record

They also break the mark for most three-point attempts in a game during rout over Pelicans

HOUSTON (Texas) • James Harden delivered his second straight triple-double as the Houston Rockets made a National Basketball Association (NBA) record 24 three-pointers in a 122-100 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday.

The Rockets continued their record-setting ways this season, setting the single game mark for threes made and attempted (61).

Reserve guard Eric Gordon scored a season-high 29 points off the bench as the Rockets improved to 20-7 and extended their winning streak to nine games.

The last time Houston won as many as nine consecutive games was during the 2007-08 season, when the Rockets produced a franchise-best 22-game winning streak.

"I think it'll happen again for sure," Gordon said of the record for three-pointers made.

"A lot of teams like to load up trying to not let us get lay-ups and it forces us to shoot threes.

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    Number of triple-doubles guard James Harden has recorded in a Rockets jersey, a franchise record.

"It's like, 'Why not?' I think we'll have that chance again."

On Wednesday, Houston finished one three-pointer shy of matching the old record of 23, which they shared with the Golden State Warriors, in their 34-point win over the Sacramento Kings.

Two days later, the Rockets set a new standard when forward Ryan Anderson sank a three-pointer with 32.3 seconds remaining.

Houston also rewrote the mark for three-pointers attempted (50), which they set in Sacramento on Nov 25.

Harden finished with 29 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists to set a franchise record with his 15th triple-double to move him past Hakeem Olajuwon.

Forward Trevor Ariza finished with 20 points on five-for-14 three-point shooting.

Forward Anthony Davis led the Pelicans (9-19) with 19 points despite playing just 22 minutes. He left in the third quarter with a left lower-leg contusion.

"He just got kicked, and the game wasn't in a position where I thought that it was worth the risk to put him back out there," Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said.

Former Rockets forward Terrence Jones came off the bench to score 16 points and eight rebounds for New Orleans, who have lost six of seven games against Houston.

In Philadelphia, Julius Randle had 25 points and nine rebounds, Lou Williams added 18 points and the Los Angeles Lakers (11-18) snapped an eight-game losing streak with a victory over the 76ers (6-20) at the Wells Fargo Centre.

D'Angelo Russell and Nick Young had 15 points apiece for the Lakers, who won for the first time since Nov 30 at Chicago.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 18, 2016, with the headline 'Rockets sink 24 treys to blast NBA record'. Print Edition | Subscribe