James Harden, Rockets Set NBA Single-Season Record for 3-Pointers Made

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 1, 2018

HOUSTON, TX - MARCH 15:  James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets shoots a three point basket over the outstretched hand of Sindarius Thornwell #0 of the LA Clippers  at Toyota Center on March 15, 2018 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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The Houston Rockets have been making it rain from deep all year long, so much so that they have broken their own record for made three-pointers in a season.

James Harden came through with the record-breaking three in Sunday's game against the San Antonio Spurs:


James Harden drills it from deep! With that triple the @HoustonRockets set a new NBA single season record for 3-pointers made! #Rockets https://t.co/nNDHZdq3UN

Houston knocked down 1,181 three-pointers in 2016-17, but Harden helped break the record with the team's fifth of the game against the Spurs.

With five games remaining, the squad has a chance to build on the record even more to potentially create an insurmountable mark.

While the total is worthy of the record books, the consistency might be even more impressive. Kris M. Gardner of Houston Roundball Review noted the streak heading into the matchup with the Spurs: 

Kris M Gardner @TheHRReview

#Rockets have hit five 3-pointers heading into the fourth; Houston has not made fewer than 9 3FGM in a game yet this season and has an 83-game streak of 9+ going back to 3/31/17; no team has a streak longer than 46 games in NBA history.

Harden is the biggest contributor in this area, making a league-leading 250 three-pointers entering the day, just shy of his career-best 262 from last season. While he could potentially pass last year's mark, which ranked ninth-best in NBA history, it seems unlikely he will catch Stephen Curry's record of 402 made threes from 2015-16.

Curry has the top three seasons ever put forth in this category and five of the top 10.

Still, Harden is far from the only one on the Rockets contributing from behind the arc. The team, which will finish the year with the best record in the NBA, has shot 36.5 percent from three-point range this season with six different players making at least 100 outside shots.

Just about every player in the rotation outside of Clint Capela is a threat to hit a shot from deep.

With Villanova also setting the record for the most three-pointers made in a season at the NCAA level, per ESPN Stats & Info, it's clear we are in a golden age for outside shooting.


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