It’s safe to say the Phoenix Suns’ defensive effort could be better. The Jay Triano-led team entered play on Thursday night allowing an NBA-worst 115.1 points per game, and that average is going to go up after this game against the Houston Rockets.
The Rockets scored 90 points in the first half. Yes, NINETY. James Harden had 33 of those points.
That’s good for the second-most points scored in the first half in the shot clock era (Hey, at least the Suns are first here!).
Most Points in 1st Half – Shot Clock Era
1990-91 Suns 107
2017-18 Rockets 90 (tonight)
1990-91 Nuggets 90
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 17, 2017
There have been 39 NBA games this season where a team failed to score 90.
The Rockets did that tonight IN 1 HALF. pic.twitter.com/2yyywXqZaf
— SB Nation (@SBNation) November 17, 2017
The Rockets put up 90 points in the first half against the Suns, which is as much as the East scored in the first half of the 2016 All-Star Game pic.twitter.com/YOcpgj9Gc2
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) November 17, 2017
The Suns held the Rockets to “only” 30 points in the third quarter, with the score 120-91 going into the fourth.