Washington's Trevor Ariza sank 10 of his 14 three-point attempts in Wednesday's loss to the Houston Rockets, setting a Wizards franchise record for most three-pointers made in a game. The ninth-year pro out of UCLA hit eight treys in a row at one point, including a perfect 7-of-7 in the third quarter.
Despite his fantastic work from beyond the arc, Ariza played a major role in Wednesday's narrow 113-112 defeat. With under five seconds remaining and the Wizards up by two, he was called for a controversial off-ball foul on Houston's James Harden as the Rockets were trying to inbound.
Harden proceeded to sink his free throw, and then he drove to the hoop for a game-winning layup with just 0.7 seconds remaining.
The all-important foul probably could have gone either way, but Harden got the call, and Ariza picked up his sixth foul to exit a few seconds early.
He chipped in 11 rebounds, three assists and three steals during his record-setting performance, but he also made just one of his six two-point field-goal attempts and didn't score any points in the fourth quarter.
All in all, it was a mixed bag for Ariza, who scored a career-best 14.9 points per game in his lone season (2009-10) with the Rockets. He's threatening that mark this season, sitting at 14.4 PPG after Wednesday's monstrous performance.
Even if he fails to top his career-best scoring average, he can take some comfort in the fact that he's become a better shooter over the years. He's making 44.2 percent of his field-goal attempts and 39.9 percent of his three-pointers this season, compared to 39.4 percent and 33.4 percent, respectively, during that 2009-10 campaign.