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How the Rockets’ cold shooting sunk them

James Harden

Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) holds his nose after he scored against the Golden State Warriors during the first half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals, Monday, May 28, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David Phillip)


The Rockets shot 5-for-30 (17%) on open or wide open 3-pointers in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals, per

If those same players shot their season-long percentages, including the playoffs and last night’s disaster, based on whether the shot was open or wide open, Houston would have shot 11-for-30 (37%) – scoring 18 more points.

Eric Gordon822.9-0.9
Trevor Ariza702.5-2.5
James Harden612.3-1.3
P.J. Tucker522.00.0
Gerald Green301.1-1.1
Joe Johnson100.3-0.3

Houston lost to the Warriors by nine.