Rockets score 73 1st half points & 19 in the 2nd half vs the Thunder
Imagine the disappoint I felt when I was driving to a previous engagement and was offered 4 free tickets to the Rockets and Thunder game last night. Texting “Thanks but I can’t make it” burned my fingers with every tap but then I went off and did what I had to do and came home midway through the 2nd quarter of the game and thought I’m glad I didn’t go because I would have probably left at halftime.
Imagine the disappoint I would have felt if I went and then left at halftime after the Rockets had a 14 point lead and scored a season high 73 points in the first half, because the 2nd half couldn’t have been any more different for the Rockets who scored a season low 19 points and actually lost the game by 12!
It was just baffling to see a team hit 9 of 14 3-pointers in the 2nd quarter and then miss all 14 in the 3rd and 4th quarters.
“It seemed like our offense just, at that point, couldn’t make anything. We couldn’t make a basket. We couldn’t sustain anything. … We just got stagnant after a while with people trying to do it on their own, which we can’t do.”
– Kevin McHale
One of the most interesting stats about the game is that the Thunder actually shot a lower field goal % in the 2nd half (42.5) than they did in the first half (50) and committed almost as many turnovers (7 to 8) in the 2nd half. So it’s not like the Thunder caught fire and couldn’t miss a shot although they did make 6 3-pointers in the 2nd half compared to 0 in the first. The only answer for the Rockets collapse was the Rockets inability to make a shot.
Aside from missing a historic game, I missed a lot of great highlights too. Let’s review them.