The Houston Rockets had one of the greatest halves in the history of the NBA against the Oklahoma City Thunder, and still managed to lose the game, 104-92.
Led by James Harden, who had 16 point by the half, the Rockets put up 73 points, shot 12-of-20 from three point range and got double digit points from Chandler Parsons, Terrence Jones and Dontas Montiejunas – and as a team shot 26-of-46, or 56.5%.
Unfortunately for Houston and their fans, the second half happened. This time the Rockets shot 7-of-36, a pathetic 19.4%. While some of this was down to OKC figuring out that defence might be worth trying, but the Rockets only scoring 19 points in the second half isn’t just down to improved effort on defence.
The 73-19 point discrepancy is the largest in the history of the NBA, and tied the record for fewest points scored in a half.
The Thunder got 36 points from Kevin Durant – nothing new there – but also got 21 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks from Serge Ibaka, while Reggie Jackson put up 23 points. For the Rockets, Dwight Howard had 11 points and 8 rebounds through the whole game.