Your Phoenix Suns are locking horns with the Houston Rockets tonight in the second of four regular season matchups. We don’t yet know how many times they will face one another in the postseason. More basketball is required before that will be determined.
You can be forgiven for missing the occasional regular season game. If you missed part one of Suns/Rockets, though, you missed a bit of history. That’s alright, I’m here to catch you up.
On Thursday, November 16, 2017 your Suns were torched to the tune of 142 points in a 26-point loss to the Rockets. Let’s watch.
The score progressed in such an absurd fashion that it prompted my wife, who goes out of her way to maintain a very active disinterest in professional hoops, to ask me, “Does this sound right?”
I responded that if the score was accurate it has to be approaching record-breaking levels. Well, it turns out it was.
Phoenix was down to Houston 90-65 at the half. That marked the most points given up in one half in franchise history. And it was the second-most points given up in one half in league history.
You should click on Dave King’s update from that day for many fun stats from that night. My favorite? The Suns shot 60% from the field, knocked down 8 of 12 from behind the arc in the first half, and were rewarded for their efforts with a 25-point deficit.
Will we see more of the same tonight? It seems unlikely with James Harden on the sidelines rehabbing a hamstring injury. But who knows? The NBA is where amazing happens.
The Suns host the Rockets tonight at Talking Stick Resort Arena. It’s on ESPN. Tip is scheduled for 7:30p PT.