At halftime, Chandler Parsons just decided that he wasn't allowed to miss from beyond the arc anymore. And he almost lived up to that decision as he set the Houston Rockets' all-time record for most three-pointers made in a single game.
The versatile small forward finished with 34 points in the loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, which can also be described as slightly more than half of what Carmelo Anthony put up in Madison Square Garden. But while 'Melo knocked down "only" six triples, Parsons got into double digits:
HISTORY! Chandler Parsons just broke Rockets single game record with 10 3-pointers (!!) in a game.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 25, 2014
Oh, and he set the all-time record for most threes in a half.
Chandler Parson's 10 3-pointers in the 2nd half were an NBA record for a half (previous: Deron Williams with 9).— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 25, 2014
At the break between the second and third quarter, the Florida product had only four points, and he was shooting 1-of-5 from the field. He'd fired away three times from downtown, and none of his attempts had connected.
Something must have happened in the locker room because Parsons came out so hot that you might have assumed he was playing NBA Jam.
Chandler Parsons is a 40% 3FG shooter. In football-speak, the Grizz need to respect him back there.— Tom Firme (@TFirme) January 25, 2014
However, respect was not given until Parsons had drilled 10 shots in a row from a different zip code.
In the third quarter, he hit all six of his shots, and each of them came from beyond the arc. The fourth quarter wasn't much different, as he went 4-of-5 from downtown to keep Houston in a tight contest with the defensively excellent Grizz.
His one miss was a ridiculous heat check from roughly 173 feet deep.
How's that for a beautiful sight?
According to Basketball-Reference, the Rockets' previous record was held by both Robert Horry and Jeremy Lin, the latter drilling nine triples near the beginning of the 2013-14 campaign. Parsons made those numbers irrelevant, and it only took him a single half to do so.
There's another way to look at it, though.
In just 24 minutes, Parsons hit six more three-pointers than Dwight Howard has hit in his entire career.
Think he'll be doing some gloating once the misery of losing runs its course? "No matter how good or bad you play is really irrelevant if you lose a game," the small forward said, via Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.
History is never irrelevant, though.