At least the Houston Rockets made history on Thursday, Jan. 16. That has to count for something.
As noted on game broadcast, @EliasSports notes -- Rockets had biggest pt differential between halves in NBA history (from 73 to 19)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 17, 2014
Things were looking great for Houston going into halftime. It had built a 73-59 lead, which evaporated as the Rockets scored 10 and nine points in the third and fourth quarters, respectively. The Rockets would go on to lose, 104-92.
Justin Phan had the shot charts for the first and second halves:
Rockets' first and second halves, a comparison: http://t.co/doJptISqaS— Justin Phan (@jphanned) January 17, 2014
Head coach Kevin McHale had a succinct way to summarize the Rockets' performance, per Grantland's netw3rk:
"We came out and we missed some shots." - Kevin McHale. Well, that's pretty accurate.— netw3rk (@netw3rk) January 17, 2014
However, nothing could top how the team itself characterized the game:
First half = Godfather 1 & 2. Second half = Godfather 3.— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) January 17, 2014
It was a performance that's a mirror image of the Houston Rockets this season. Despite their 26-15 record, they have been inconsistent at times, looking like title contenders one night and average the next. It just so happened that Houston condensed all of that into Thursday night's game.
The Daily Thunder's Royce Young, however, found an interesting stat that leads you to believe something may have been off about the basket itself. You don't see this kind of disparity too often:
One basket had 18-of-30 3-pointers made on it. The other basket had 0-of-29 3-pointers made on it.— Royce Young (@royceyoung) January 17, 2014
Houston's next opponent, the Milwaukee Bucks—who own the league's worst record—present the perfect tonic for the Rockets. McHale can hope his players forget about this game and bounce back on Saturday night with a strong 48-minute effort.