If there’s one thing to know about Mark Jackson, it’s that he’s an old-school coach who hates being embarrassed.
So when the Rockets put up 140 points on the Warriors on Tuesday night and tied the NBA record with 23 three-pointers in a game, you knew Jackson wasn’t going to let them get the record.
And when benchwarmer Patrick Beverly finished a one-handed dunk in garbage time and stared at the Warriors bench while celebrating, Jackson decided to exact his revenge.
He ordered his team to intentionally foul the Rockets with little time remaining to prevent them from shooting another three, and although the strategy worked, it definitely flared up tensions between the two clubs.
When Beverly attempted a 3-pointer with 34 seconds remaining from the right corner, Draymond Green fouled him hard and picked up a flagrant 2. Green and Rockets’ forward Marcus Morris then started jawing at each other, earning them both ejections.
Richard Jefferson and Charles Jenkins each committed intentional fouls before the buzzer sounded, and only four players stuck around to shake hands with the Rockets afterwards.
Jackson had this to say about his tactic:
I’m an old school basketball player and an old school coach. If you can’t appreciate that, that’s on you. We’re not going to lay down. If you’re going to try to get the record, we’re going to stop it. There is a way to do it, that’s all. Understand it, appreciate it, and I would expect nothing less if I was on the other side. As a team, we’re learning. It’s nothing personal, but we have a goal and we have a mindset.
Rockets’ point guard Jeremy Lin said his team “meant no disrespect,” and that they were ordered to not take any more shots after the Warriors started intentionally fouling.
Mark your calendars folks: The Warriors play the Rockets again at home in six days.