The Warriors needed to find a way to stop a barrage of three-pointers Tuesday night. The Houston Rockets hit 23 from beyond the arc and tied the NBA record for made three pointers in a game in their 140-109 victory over Golden State.
Houston tied the mark with 3:40 left in the fourth quarter. What appeared to be ample time for the Rockets to break the record evaporated when Warriors head coach Mark Jackson had his team intentionally foul Houston to prevent the record-setting 24th three.
"They made shots. Give them credit...we're not going to lay down," 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. We're not going to lay down, so if you're going to try and get the record, we're going to stop you. There's a way to do it and that's all. Understand it, appreciate it and I would expect nothing less if I was on other side."
Jackson succeeded in stopping the Rockets from achieving the outright record, but it will still be known as one of the best perimeter shooting performances in NBA history. Houston will share the title with the Orlando Magic, who sank 23 against the Sacramento Kings in 2009.
Jackson maintains that the Warriors' actions in the final minutes of the game -- intentionally fouling the Rockets down 20-plus points -- was nothing personal.
"By no means are we going to accept that many points and giving up open threes and transition shots," he said. "That's not the message. By no means are we going to accept giving up that many points. The story is we got out-played and we didn't play our brand of basketball."
Was the Warriors tactic to foul the Rockets and keep them from setting the record unethical? Or do you like Mark Jackson's decision?