The Houston Rockets put on a three point shooting clinic in Houston last night in their 140-109 beatdown of the Golden State Warriors. And when we say “put on a three point shooting clinic”, we mean that Rockets tied the NBA record by hitting 23 three pointers in the game.
Of course, once number 23 went in, the Rockets (and their crowd) were all about hitting number 24 and setting a new record. But unfortunately, Golden State head coach Mark Jackson had other ideas. So he instructed his team to begin intentionally fouling the Rockets so they could not hoist up more three pointers.
In the final two minutes, the Warriors would not let the Rockets even attempt a 3 in order to break the record. Warriors coach Mark Jackson ordered his players to foul the Rockets intentionally on each possession.
“We’re not going to lay down,” said Jackson, ignoring the fact that his team already had. “I’m an old-school basketball player and an old-school coach. If you can’t appreciate that, that’s on you.
“We’re not going to lay down. If you’re going to get the record, we’re going to stop it. There is a way to do it, that’s all. Understand it, appreciate it and I would expect nothing less if I was on the other side.”
There’s also a way other than having to intentionally foul in the last two minutes to stop a team from setting a record on you, Mark. It’s called playing defense the first 46 minutes.