HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – The Houston Rockets shocked the city of San Antonio, and perhaps even their own fans, by knocking down 22 three pointers in a dominating 126-99 victory over the Spurs in game one of the Western Conference semifinals on Monday.
It was the worst playoff game one playoff loss in the Popovich era for the Spurs, however Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni indicated though that there was till plenty of room for his club to improve.
“We missed 28 threes, we don’t want to do that.” D’antoni said jokingly at shootaround when asked what he showed his team during film session. “It depends on how you look at it we made only 22 of them, we missed 28 wide open threes and we want to do better there.”
The 22 threes the Rockets made were a playoff franchise record for the Rockets. The Rockets shot 44% from beyond the arc, their highest percentage of the postseason.
Eric Gordon indicated that the team had other adjustments to make including preventing offensive rebounds and challenging more shots. The Rockets won the rebounding battle but allowed 11 offensive boards to the Spurs.
“We’re going to miss some shots, but you definitely want to make the open ones,” Rockets guard Eric Gordon said Wednesday morning. Gordon made three of his six attempts “There’s many ways that we can get better, but the good thing about it is that we are willing to do it.”
The Rockets learned after shootaround that they will indeed have back-up center Nene available after he was ejected at the end of the third quarter in game one for his altercation with Dewayne Dedmon. Nene was fined $15,000 by the NBA for pushing Dedmon “above the shoulders.”
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