Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – Friday night the Houston Rockets had former head coach Rudy Tomjanovich in the building, honoring him as part of their 50th season celebration.
Tomjanovich was treated to an offensive explosion as the Rockets destroyed the New Orleans Pelicans 122-100.
To complete the night for Tomjanovich he watched the Rockets current star James Harden break his former star Hakeem Olajuwon’s triple-double record.
Harden’s hot shooting and the hot shooting by his teammates helped him notch the 15th triple-double of his career snagging 29 points, 11 rebounds, and 13 assists, passing Olajuwon’s 14 as a Rocket.
“It’s an unbelievable accomplishment,” James Harden said. “Credit my teammates for obviously knocking down the shots.”
The shots did fall early and often, on the night the Pelicans watched the Rockets make an NBA record 24 three’s.
“We had miscommuncation and they got wide open shots,” Pelicans guard Tim Frazier said. “They were shooting from five feet behind the line and knocking down shots, it’s a credit to their team.”
Friday’s game was also the first time new Rockets Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson were able to face their old team and while both downplayed playing the Pelicans.
Gordon did score 29 points, and Anderson’s three with 32 seconds left in the game was the record-breaking three.
The Rockets easily coasted to their ninth win in a row and will be looking for number 10 on Saturday in Minnesota against the Timberwolves.