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Houston Rockets set NBA shooting records in win over Charlotte Hornets

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The Houston Rockets continued their impressive start to the season with a 109-93 win over the Charlotte Hornets last night.

In the victory, the Rockets took their love for the three-point shot to historic levels.

In the first half at the Spectrum center, Houston attempted a staggering 32 shots from beyond the arc.

This sets a new NBA record for the most shots attempted from downtown in a single half.

They connected on 11 in the opening 24 minutes and ended the game with 57 attempts in total, hitting 22.

Per ESPN, this was the 15th time in NBA history a team has attempted at least 50 threes. The Rockets account for 11 of those - all since the start of last season.

Incredibly enough, those figures weren’t enough to eclipse the records they set themselves last year when they drilled 24 treys on 61 attempts against the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Texas-based franchise's commitment to shooting from distance also saw them set another record in the win as they attempted the fewest two-pointers in a game, taking just 28 shots from within the three-point line.

Bleacher Report's Tom Haberstroh noted how Houston is facilitating the death of the two-point shot in the modern NBA as they seem allergic to stepping inside to shoot.

"We are going to take them. If that is what is available and it's a good shot then everybody has the green light," head coach Mike D'Antoni said.

"Maybe one or two guys shouldn't shoot them, but when we pass them up guys get mad at each other. So we're taking them."

Superstar James Harden echoed his coach's words, saying: "We're going to continue to tell everyone to shoot the ball. We create opportunities in space, shoot it.

"Luc (Mbah a Moute) passed up a couple. PJ Tucker passed up a couple, even when Chris (Paul) gets back he's got to get used to shooting the ball more than he ever has."

The Rockets' strategy ultimately worked to perfection as they won by 16 and improved to a 4-1 record.

Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson led the three-point barrage. Gordon was 6-of-16 from deep and had 26 points, while Anderson was 6-of-15 and finished with 21 points.

Harden notched his first triple-double of the campaign with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.

With the shooting threat they have all over the court, Houston will be a match for any team and are already serious contenders to dethrone the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference.

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Chris Paul
L.A. Clippers
Pacific Division
Houston Rockets
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