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Rockets set NBA record with 26 3s in 136-118 win

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Rockets were on the cusp of NBA history, just one 3-pointer away from setting the league record for most 3s in a game.

The crowd chanted: ''Three, Three, Three,'' every time Houston got the ball and let out a collective moan after each of four straight misses as the clock ran down on Wednesday night against the Washington Wizards.

Then, with just 31.1 seconds remaining, Michael Carter-Williams, who had missed two of those four, set his feet and shot his way into the record books, making Houston's 26th 3 of the night to set the mark and help Houston to a 136-118 win.

''All I was hearing were my teammates saying: `shoot it, shoot it,''' Carter-Williams said. ''So we were just out there trying to make the last one. I had a good, clean look so I just tried to knock it down.''

James Harden scored 35 points as the Rockets won their fifth straight game. He made six 3s, Chris Paul added 5 and Gerald Green and Eric Gordon made 4 each on a night Houston attempted 55.

''We knew going into the game they were going to take a lot of them,'' Washington coach Scott Brooks said. ''They were hot and they've been hot for a while now. They have a couple of hot players and there's not much you can do when they're making contested 3s.''

Carter-Williams joked that the reserves who were on the floor at the end of the game would never have heard the end of it if they hadn't at least tried to set the record.

Harden believes they would have had a tougher time dealing with the fans.

''Not even us. The crowd - the crowd would have attacked them,'' he said with a laugh. ''Credit to those guys, they made shots to close out the game.''

A 3 by Gary Clark tied the record with 2:42 left before Carter-Williams made the record-setter. The previous record was held by the Cleveland Cavaliers, who made 25 against Atlanta on March 3, 2017.

Paul was happy to help Houston set the record, but didn't realize what was going on until he heard the crowd.

''I had no clue that we had that many until the fans started chanted: ''three,'' every time we got the ball,'' he said. ''So it's cool to do it together as a team.''

The winning streak ties their longest of the season and comes after the Rockets lost their previous three games.

Houston had a comfortable lead throughout most of this one and seven straight points, capped by a dunk from Clint Capela, made it 111-94 with about nine minutes left.

Tomas Satoransky and Bradley Beal made back-to-back 3-pointers for Washington after that, but Harden ended the run with a 3 that left Houston ahead 114-100.

The Rockets then used a 12-3 run, with all their points coming on 3s, to make it 123-103 with about five minutes left. Harden and Gordon both made one in that span and Green capped the spurt with two, and coach Mike D'Antoni cleared the bench soon after.

Beal had 28 points to lead the Wizards, who lost for the sixth time in seven games.

Houston led by 12 at halftime and a basket by Paul left the Rockets up 80-64 with about nine minutes left in the third quarter. The Wizards used a 6-3 run, with four points from Wall, after that to cut the lead to 83-70.

The Rockets made four quick points later in the quarter, highlighted by a nifty reverse layup by Gordon, to leave them up 91-76 with about 3 1/2 minutes left in the quarter.

Washington got within 11 late in the third quarter, but Harden scored the next five points, capped by a 3-pointer, to make it 101-85.

The Wizards scored the last five points of the quarter, with three free throws, to cut the lead to 101-90 entering the fourth.

The victory comes after the Wizards won the first meeting against Houston this season 135-131 in overtime on Nov. 26, despite a season-high 54 points from Harden.

The Wizards often double-teamed Harden in the first half, leaving others open, which led to easy baskets in the lane and a 70-58 lead by the Rockets at halftime.

TIP-INS

Wizards: Made 10 of 30 3-pointers. ... John Wall added 18 points with 12 assists. ... Trevor Ariza had 15 points in his second game since a trade from Phoenix.

Rockets: Gordon added 18 points. ... James Ennis missed his fourth straight game with a strained right hamstring. ... Houston had 15 turnovers.

WELCOME BACK

The Rockets played a tribute video for Ariza during a timeout in the first quarter after he spent the last four years with the team before signing with the Suns in the offseason. Ariza, who was traded to the Wizards last week, smiled and waved to the crowd as fans gave him a hearty ovation after the video.

UP NEXT

Wizards: Host Phoenix on Saturday night.

Rockets: Visit Miami on Thursday night.

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Key Players
J. Wall
2 PG
J. Harden
13 SG
36.3 Min. Per Game 36.3
31.5 Pts. Per Game 31.5
8.2 Ast. Per Game 8.2
5.8 Reb. Per Game 5.8
44.7 Field Goal % 45.7
44.5 Three Point % 45.6
68.8 Free Throw % 85.0
+ 3 Thomas Bryant made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Troy Brown Jr. 0:16
+ 3 Michael Carter-Williams made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Gary Clark 0:31
  Offensive rebound by Gary Clark 0:36
+ 3 Chasson Randle made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Tomas Satoransky 0:44
  Defensive rebound by Tomas Satoransky 0:49
+ 3 Chasson Randle made 3-pt. jump shot 1:01
  Out of bounds turnover on Danuel House Jr. 1:07
+ 2 Jordan McRae made dunk 1:23
  Offensive rebound by Jordan McRae 1:22
  Defensive rebound by Thomas Bryant 1:44
  Danuel House Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:47
Team Stats
Points 118 136
Field Goals 45-84 (53.6%) 47-85 (55.3%)
3-Pointers 10-30 (33.3%) 26-55 (47.3%)
Free Throws 18-23 (78.3%) 16-21 (76.2%)
Total Rebounds 39 48
Offensive 4 8
Defensive 27 33
Team 8 7
Assists 28 30
Steals 8 8
Blocks 2 2
Turnovers 11 15
Fouls 15 21
Technicals 0 0
28 PTS, 3 REB, 7 AST
35 PTS, 3 REB, 9 AST
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away team logo Wizards 12-20 28303228118
home team logo Rockets 16-14 34363135136
Team Stats
away team logo Wizards 12-20 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Rockets 16-14 108.5 PPG 42.9 RPG 18.3 APG
Key Players
B. Beal SG 25.6 PPG 5.0 RPG 5.5 APG 47.5 FG%
J. Harden SG 36.1 PPG 6.6 RPG 7.5 APG 44.2 FG%
Top Scorers
B. Beal SG 28 PTS 3 REB 7 AST
J. Harden SG 35 PTS 3 REB 9 AST
53.6 FG% 55.3
33.3 3PT FG% 47.3
78.3 FT% 76.2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Beal 28 3 7 10/17 3/7 5/6 3 38 2 1 1 0 3 -14 47
J. Wall 18 4 12 5/12 0/3 8/8 0 38 2 0 7 0 4 -19 41
T. Ariza 15 6 3 7/15 1/8 0/0 1 36 3 0 0 0 6 -10 30
J. Green 12 3 2 5/9 0/2 2/3 2 26 0 0 0 1 2 -3 19
T. Bryant 12 4 1 5/6 2/2 0/0 1 23 0 1 0 1 3 -10 19
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Beal 28 3 7 10/17 3/7 5/6 3 38 2 1 1 0 3 -14 47
J. Wall 18 4 12 5/12 0/3 8/8 0 38 2 0 7 0 4 -19 41
T. Ariza 15 6 3 7/15 1/8 0/0 1 36 3 0 0 0 6 -10 30
J. Green 12 3 2 5/9 0/2 2/3 2 26 0 0 0 1 2 -3 19
T. Bryant 12 4 1 5/6 2/2 0/0 1 23 0 1 0 1 3 -10 19
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
S. Dekker 15 2 0 7/8 1/2 0/0 3 15 1 0 1 0 2 -12 17
C. Randle 8 0 0 2/3 2/2 2/2 3 7 0 0 1 0 0 -9 7
M. Morris 5 5 0 2/6 0/1 1/2 2 24 0 0 1 1 4 -9 9
T. Satoransky 3 3 2 1/3 1/2 0/0 0 21 0 0 0 0 3 -11 10
J. McRae 2 1 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 +5 3
T. Brown Jr. 0 0 1 0/3 0/1 0/2 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 +2 2
O. Porter Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. White - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Howard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Mahinmi - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 118 31 28 45/84 10/30 18/23 15 235 8 2 11 4 27 -90 204
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Harden 35 3 9 10/18 6/11 9/9 4 33 2 0 2 0 3 +12 56
C. Paul 21 2 8 7/11 5/9 2/2 2 28 2 1 3 0 2 +10 39
C. Capela 20 12 2 9/13 0/0 2/4 3 35 1 1 2 4 8 +16 36
E. Gordon 16 2 3 6/12 4/9 0/1 1 31 0 0 1 1 1 +14 23
P. Tucker 11 11 4 4/5 3/4 0/0 2 34 2 0 2 1 10 +14 30
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Harden 35 3 9 10/18 6/11 9/9 4 33 2 0 2 0 3 +12 56
C. Paul 21 2 8 7/11 5/9 2/2 2 28 2 1 3 0 2 +10 39
C. Capela 20 12 2 9/13 0/0 2/4 3 35 1 1 2 4 8 +16 36
E. Gordon 16 2 3 6/12 4/9 0/1 1 31 0 0 1 1 1 +14 23
P. Tucker 11 11 4 4/5 3/4 0/0 2 34 2 0 2 1 10 +14 30
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
G. Green 12 2 1 4/7 4/7 0/0 4 27 0 0 2 0 2 +16 14
D. House Jr. 9 4 0 2/8 2/8 3/5 0 25 1 0 3 0 4 +10 11
M. Carter-Williams 5 0 1 2/4 1/3 0/0 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 -2 7
G. Clark 3 2 1 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 1 1 -2 7
B. Knight 2 0 0 1/4 0/2 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 +6 2
I. Hartenstein 2 2 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 4 6 0 0 0 1 1 -2 6
M. Chriss 0 1 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 -2 1
J. Ennis III - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
V. Edwards - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Nene - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Anthony - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 136 41 30 47/85 26/55 16/21 21 236 8 2 15 8 33 +90 232