Are the Rockets Back? Houston Makes NBA History with 26 Three-pointers in Win Vs Wizards

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James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets dribbles the ball against the Washington Wizards in the first half at Capital One Arena on November 26 in Washington, DC. Rob Carr/Getty Images

The Houston Rockets took another step in the road to recovery on Wednesday night, as they thrashed the Washington Wizards and made NBA history.

The Rockets extended their winning run to five games with a 136-118 rout over the Wizards on home court, improving to 16-14 and moving up to seventh in the Western Conference rankings.

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Houston had the league's best record last season and pushed the Golden State Warriors all the way, losing in seven games to the eventual NBA champions in the Western Conference Finals.

The two-time NBA champion endured a dismal start to the season but look to be slowly rediscovering their form and only the Brooklyn Nets—with seven games—have an active winning streak longer than Houston's.

In the win over Washington, the Rockets drained 26 of their 55 attempts from three point, a new NBA record. The onus of making history fell on Michael Carter-Williams, who converted the Rockets 26th triple of the game with just 31.1 seconds left in the game.

👀 the @HoustonRockets knock down a new #NBA record 26 three-pointers in their 5th straight victory! #Rockets

— NBA (@NBA) December 20, 2018

Houston had missed the previous four attempts from three and Carter-Williams, who averages 25.4 percent from three in his career, admitted the team felt under pressure to break the record.

"We knew that if we didn't at least attempt it, we would have heard it in the locker room," he was quoted as saying by ESPN.

The Rockets beat the record set by the Cleveland Cavaliers, who went 25-of-46 from beyond the arc against the Atlanta Hawks on March 3, 2017.

Prior to that, Houston was one of the teams that had shared the record for more three-pointers made, having shot 24-of-61 on December 16, 2016, against the New Orleans Pelicans.

The 61 attempts the Rockets recorded that night remain a league record.

Setting an #NBA record tonight! 🔥

Watch all 26 three-pointers ⤵️

— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) December 20, 2018

James Harden, the reigning NBA MVP, scored six of his 11 attempts from beyond arc and was the game top scorer with 35 points. Harden has been a decisive factor in Houston's five-game winning streak, averaging an incredible 38.6 points and 7.8 assists over that stretch.

Harden combined with Chris Paul for 17 assists, eight of which resulted in three pointers. The veteran point guard hit five of his nine attempts from three points and finished with 21 points and eight assists.

"Man, it was fun," Paul said.

"It wasn't no disrespect at all to Washington or whatnot. It's one of those things you don't get to do very often. To do it with the team, unless it gets broken tomorrow, it's something that we'll remember."

The Rockets face the Heat in Miami on Thursday night, before back-to-back home games against the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder, the latter of which is scheduled for Christmas Day.