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The Thunder and Rockets are jacking up threes at an historic rate

by Anthony Slater Modified: April 25, 2013 at 2:30 pm •  Published: April 25, 2013

We were forewarned, based off the high-volume regular-season offensive numbers, what to expect before this Thunder-Rockets series started.

Both teams took a lot of shots, scored a lot of points and lived behind the three-point line.

But two games in, the three-point numbers are still staggering, especially when compared to other playoff series around the league.

There have been 16 games so far, with each of the eight series two games deep, and the OKC-Hou matchup has been, by a wide margin, the one filled with the most long-range jacks. Take a look at the stats:

Combined three-point attempts by game

70 – Thunder-Rockets Game 2
60 – Thunder-Rockets Game 1
51 – Warriors-Nuggets Game 2
49 – Heat-Bucks Game 1
48 – Hawks-Pacers Game 2
45 – Celtics-Knicks Game 1
38 – Warriors-Nuggets Game 1
38 – Celtics-Knicks Game 2
37 – Grizzlies-Clippers Game 1
37 – Heat-Bucks Game 2
37 – Spurs-Lakers Game 1
36 – Spurs-Lakers Game 2
36 – Hawks-Pacers Game 1
33 – Nets-Bulls Game 2
26 – Grizzlies-Clippers Game 2
22 – Nets-Bulls Game 1

Combined three-point attempts by series

130 – Thunder-Rockets
89 – Warriors-Nuggets
86 – Heat-Bucks
84 – Hawks-Pacers
83 – Celtics-Knicks
73 – Spurs-Lakers
63 – Grizzlies-Clippers
55 – Nets-Bulls

Despite the obvious style differences, that’s a pretty surprising discrepancy. Just two games in, the Thunder and Rockets have shot 41 more threes than the next closest series and 75 more than the Nets-Bulls slugfest.

The Rockets, in particular, have had an itchy trigger finger. They have combined to take 71 in the two games (36 then 35). That puts them on pace to shoot 142 if this goes four games, 178 if it goes five games, 213 if it goes six games and 249 if it goes seven games.

All of those would break the previous records (shown below)

4-game series
118 – Orlando vs. Houston, 1995
118 – Houston vs. Seattle 1996

5-game series
145 – Phoenix vs. Seattle, 1997

6-game series
150 – Boston vs. New Jersey, 2002

7-game series
187 – Dallas vs. Sacramento, 2003

But just because these guys are taking a lot of them, doesn’t mean they’re making a lot of them. The Rockets are 18-of-71 (25.3 percent) from deep and the Thunder is 21-of-59 (35.6 percent)

Here are the player-by-player three-point shooting numbers

Rockets
James Harden – 2/13
Chandler Parsons – 4/15
Carlos Delfino – 5/17
Jeremy Lin – 1/7
Patrick Beverley – 4/9
Francisco Garcia – 2/4
Terrence Jones – 0/2
Aaron Brooks – 0/2
James Anderson – 0/2

Thunder
Kevin Durant – 3/14
Russell Westbrook – 2/9
Thabo Sefolosha – 4/10
Kevin Martin – 5/13
Reggie Jackson – 3/6
Derek Fisher – 3/5
Serge Ibaka – 1/2

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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