Golden State missed an opportunity to start its four-game road trip with a win Tuesday at Houston, falling 140-109.
The Rockets missed, well, just about nothing.
Houston tied the NBA single-game record for 3s by connecting on an astounding 23-of-40 (.575) attempts. Orlando set the record on Jan. 13, 2009.
It was apparent early on the Warriors were in for a long night and the Rockets (27-23) would chase history. They hit a NBA-record 14 3s in the first half before adding nine after halftime to tie the record.
Houston nearly had an open look to break the record with 34.1 seconds to go, but Warriors forward Draymond Green committed a foul on Patrick Beverley to prevent the attempt. The sequence led to Houston’s Marcus Morris and Green both being ejected.
“We’re not going to lay down,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. “I’m an old school basketball player; I’m an old school coach. If you can’t appreciate that, that’s on you.”
After that, the Warriors were intent not to allow another three-point-attempt for Houston. They fouled quickly the next two times the Rockets in-bounded the ball, much to the chagrin of the Houston crowd, which was chanting: “One more three,” over the final few minutes.
Jackson was clear the Warriors weren’t going to let Houston continue to launch 3s up 30 points in the final minute.
“If you’re going to try to get the record, we’re going to stop you,” Jackson said. “There’s a way to do it and that’s all. Understand it, appreciate it and I would I would expect nothing less if I was on the other side.”
The loss snaps a four-game winning streak for Golden State (30-18), which came into the game a season-high 13 games over .500.
Offensively, there wasn’t much to complain about from the Warriors standpoint. They shot .477 percent from the field (41-of-86), which in any other game might have been enough to get a win.
This wasn’t any other game.
Nine different Rockets connected from deep and six on multiple attempts. Eight Rockets finished in double figures.
After a bucket by Jarrett Jack cut Houston’s lead to 52-49 with 7:11 left in the second quarter, Golden State simply couldn’t keep pace. The Rockets outscored the Warriors 35-15 over the next 11 minutes.
The 140 points were the most the Warriors have surrendered in a game all year, topping the 131 they allowed to Sacramento on Dec. 19. It’s the most the team has allowed since it gave up 147 against San Antonio on March 19, 2010.
Jarrett Jack led the Warriors with 20 points, while David Lee added 18.
Curry and Lin finally face off
Before Tuesday, Curry had never played against Lin in regular-season game.
“He’s been playing some great basketball this past year,” Curry said. “I haven’t played against him since our last practice, probably two years ago in training camp.”
In their first meeting as opponents, advantage: Lin. The Rockets point guard finished with 28 points, nine assists and was 10-of-16 from the field with only two turnovers.
Curry was quiet all night. He finished just 3-of-12 from the field for seven points, but had nine assists.
#WarriorsTalk Tweet of the Game
Nothing was wrong on the offensive end:
You'd think 62 1st half pts on 58% shooting 42% on 3s with 17/5 ast/to ratio, and 24 bench points would be enough for a lead. #warriorstalk
— Michael Sakoda (@michaelsakoda) February 6, 2013
Next Up – Oklahoma City
The Warriors get right back at it Wednesday at Oklahoma City. Since beating the Thunder 104-99 on Jan 23, the Warriors have gone (4-3). Conversely, Oklahoma City, which leads the NBA in scoring (105.9 ppg), has taken three of five since then and is fresh off a 112-91 win at home against Dallas on Monday.
Golden State has lost its last seven games at Oklahoma City, including a 119-109 game on Nov. 18.
Golden State remains a half-game back of Memphis in the Western Conference standings as the Grizzlies fell 96-90 to Phoenix. … Lakers 92, Nets 83: The Lakers have now won six of seven.