Houston Rockets is recovering from its bad start this season. He beat Washington (136-118) and added his fifth straight victory. He returns to playoff positions. And he returns to mark style, with a fast game and in which the exterior shot prevails. Against the Wizards he scored 26 triples, an NBA record that exceeds the previous cap that was also in his possession, with 25, since March 2017 in a match against Atlanta.
The Rockets threw much more than three, 55 times, than two, 30. Got a fantastic percentage of 47% of success in the triples and eight players scored from the maximum distance. James Harden He led the festival with six three-pointers, 35 points, nine assists and three rebounds. Chris Paul accompanied him with five triples and 21 points and eight assists. One of the few players who did not throw a triple was the center Clint Capela, who gave variety to the game of his team with their actions in the interior of the area. He got 20 points and 12 rebounds. The answer from Washington, with 28 points from Beal and 18 points and 12 assists from John Wall, was insufficient.
Houston averages 14 triples in 41 pitches per game. An average similar to that of Milwaukee and to which Boston Celtics also approaches. Every year more is launched from the maximum distance. This season, the average is 31 triples per game among the 30 teams of the NBA, surpassing 29 pitches of this type in the last campaign.
One of the most striking results of the day was the victory of Utah against Golden State (108-103). The Jazz won thanks to their defensive efficiency and despite the low shooting percentages of Donovan Mitchell, with five goals in 26 pitches, for a total of 17 points, and also of Ricky Rubio, who failed the eight field goals he threw. The Spanish base scored three points, gave 10 assists and captured five rebounds. Joe Ingles was the most effective with 20 points, accompanied by Rudy Gobert, with 17 points and 15 rebounds. The Warriors could not claim the five triples and 32 points Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant's 30 points and seven rebounds.
Paul George became the top scorer of the day and with 43 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists he led the Oklahoma City win in Sacramento (113-132). Steven Adams, with 20 points and 23 rebounds, and Russell Westbrook with a splendid performance that ended with a triple double, with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 17 assists, plus six steals, were the most outstanding. Álex Abrines contributed with nine points, product of three triples, in 23 minutes.
Memphis is again out of the playoff zone after losing to Portland (99-92). Marc Gasol, With 14 points, nine rebounds, four assists and four steals, and Mike Conley, with 23 points, they could not avoid the defeat of their team caused by the 24 points of Damian Lillard and the defensive efficiency of the Blazers.
Milwaukee overtook New Orleans (123-115). The Pelicans, despite 27 points and 11 rebounds from Anthony Davis, and 25 points from Holiday, could not alleviate the absences of Nikola Mirotic and Julius Randle. Giannis Antetokounmpo once again led the Bucks with 25 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.