Harden, CP3 and the rest of the Rockets went off Wednesday night, setting a NBA record by hitting 26 3’s. The 136-118 win was the fifth in a row for a Rockets team that is in their best form of the young season. Harden continues making his case as the best player in the world, scoring another 35 with 9 assists, a line that Harden is close to averaging this season. Chris Paul and Capela each performed with high efficiency, shooting a combined 16-24 with 41 points between the pair.
Five Rockets players had at least 3 3-point shots, and as a team shot the 3 at 47%, leading to the record setting night of 26 3’s. The previous record was 25, only set last year by Lebron and co. when the Cavaliers played the Atlanta Hawks last winter. When Houston gets a solid contribution from their role players, they are one of the West’s better teams, and against the Wizards, all of them showed up. Corner specialist PJ Tucker only missed one 3 all night, contributing 11 points; Eric Gordon and Gerald Green each dropping 4 3’s a piece. With Houston finally warming up in a season that saw them out to a slow start, the Rockets are looking to quickly climb the tight Western Conference ranks. Look for the Christmas Matchup against the OKC Thunder to be a litmus test for this streaky squad.
As for the Wizards, when it rains, it pours. Scotty Brooks and his boys have only collected one win in the last seven games. New addition Trevor Ariza shot an abysmal 1-8 from behind the arc, making it consecutive games in which Ariza has been unable to be the catalyst this Washington team needs. Bradley Beal and John Wall contributed 46 points between the two of them, but the supporting cast did nowhere near enough to overcome the historic effort made by Houston on the night.
Following the addition of Trevor Ariza, it would seem that the Wizards are still looking for new additions. Wednesday sees the confirmation of ex-Knicks guard Ron Baker signing with the Washington Wizards, who is in no way a big name player. Time will tell if this move is a diamond in the rough, or another bland experiment in a trying year for the Wizards. Washington will try and get back to winning ways when they host the streaking Suns on Saturday, December 22.