Houston reached that number with 3:41 left to play in regulation when rookie Donatas Motiejunas nailed the team's 23rd triple of the game.
Here’s the NBA's official announcement of the milestone (via Twitter):
RT @jonathan_feigen: Motiejunas corner 3. Rockets tie NBA record with 23.— NBA (@NBA) February 6, 2013
Jeremy Lin had his second-best statistical performance of the season, draining five of the Rockets' triples en route to a 28-point, nine-assist night. James Harden and Chandler Parsons added four each, while the bench added nine.
The Rockets have been one of the highest scoring teams in the league this year (second in the NBA with 105.1 points per game) and they are doing it with plenty of fire power from deep (second in the NBA with 10.1 threes made per game).
In this one, the Rockets broke their previous franchise record with their 18th three-pointer in the third quarter, giving the team a legitimate shot at shattering Orlando's mark.
With the game well in hand, the Rockets' bench continued shooting from downtown in the fourth quarter, nearly resulting in the demise of the Magic's accomplishment.
The Warriors didn't want to see that happen, though, and intentionally fouled the Rockets down the stretch, much to the chagrin of the Houston fans in attendance.
Mark Jackson, Golden State's head coach, defended his decision to keep the Rockets away from the three-point line in the waning moments of the game, according to Warriors beat writer Marcus Thompson (via Twitter):
MJax: "If you're going to try to get the record, we're going to stop it. There is a way to do it, that's all."— Marcus Thompson (@gswscribe) February 6, 2013
Houston wasn't just chucking threes with the hope of them falling. The Rockets shot 23-of-40 from downtown, giving them an absurdly high 57.5 combined field-goal percentage from beyond the arc—far better than their season average of 36 percent.
With a second meeting between these two teams slated for next week in Oakland, it will be interesting to see if Houston's three-point barrage picks up where it left off.