With first-year head coach Mike D’Antoni promoting a faster pace and newcomers like Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson next to holdovers such as James Harden, the Rockets have pushed the three-pointer past its historical limits and into a new era.
They set a new record for three-pointers made (24, later matched by the Denver Nuggets) and attempted (61) back in mid-December and already had attempted 300 more threes than the previous season record (their own, from 2014-15) entering Thursday night’s game at the Portland Trail Blazers. The only major team record they hadn’t claimed was for three-point makes in a season.
They claimed that one on Thursday. With 10 seconds remaining in the first quarter, James Harden made the team’s third triple of the night for 1,078 on the season, which breaks the Golden State Warriors’ previous record from 2015-16.
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