NBA: Rockets shell Magic with long bombs

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Jan 07 2017 03:07 PM

James Harden missed all eight attempts from the three point area but finished with 14 points and 10 assists. Photo by Reuters/Troy Taormina-USA TODAY

Ryan Anderson scored 19 points and Patrick Beverley and Eric Gordon had 17 each as the Houston Rockets won their seventh straight game with a 100-93 victory over the Orlando Magic.

The Rockets employed their bombs away style Friday at Amway Arena by making 15 three pointers as they used a hot-shooting burst to carry them home following a flat first half.

"We didn't have our stuff, but we got it done," Houston coach Mike D'Antoni said. "We came out flat, but we found a way."

The Rockets improved to 29-9 by winning their seventh consecutive game and their 18th of the last 20.

"We know we have something special going here," said Anderson, who used to play for the Magic.

"We're an elite team now, and we have to start playing like it every night. We're confident that we can beat any team in the NBA. This is a fun way to play."

Anderson made his former team pay by hitting five three-pointers in the third quarter, turning a nine-point deficit into a seven-point lead. Anderson took control and the Rockets never relinquished the lead after that.

"That's just the way we play," said forward Trevor Ariza, who had 13 points and hit three of eight from beyond the arc. "We line up and shoot the threes. It's tough to win on the road in this league, but you have to do it even when you're not shooting well. You just keep shooting."

It was the 22nd game this season the Rockets made at least 15 three-pointers.

They are on pace to set the NBA record for three-pointers taken and three-pointers made.

Oddly enough all-star James Harden missed all eight of his shots from beyond the arc, but still managed to finish with 14 points and 10 assists.

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