The Houston Rockets season has been a roller coaster to say the least, but their recent run has been turning heads around the NBA.
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After dropping 15 games in a row and sitting at 1-16, they were on pace for the worst record in NBA history, but now the Rockets have now reeled off six-straight wins to improve to 7-16, climbing to 13th in the Western Conference.
With a 118-108 win over the New Orleans Pelicans Sunday night, they created history becoming the first team across all four major North American sports leagues (NBA/NHL/MLB/NFL) to win six games in a row, immediately after a losing streak of 15+ games, per Elias Sports Bureau.
“The way that we’re playing now, that should be the standard,” veteran guard Eric Gordon said. “I’ll take our chances against anybody, as long as we’re playing the right way.”
Gordon and Christan Wood scored 23 points apiece in the win, which saw six players finish in double figures, thanks to some lights out shooting from beyond the arc.
For the fourth time in their previous six games, the Rockets shot over 40 percent from deep, connecting on 17-of-40 (42.5 percent) of their triples, with Wood leading the charge as he went 5-of-6 from the 3-point line on the night, while Garrison Mathews added 4-of-6.
KJ Martin had the Toyota Center hyped in the fourth quarter as he hammered home this impressive putback slam, soaring over Pelicans guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker.
From where they started the season, the Rockets now have some serious momentum as they look to climb the standings.
“At the beginning, frankly, we didn’t really know what we were doing, we hadn’t been through those experiences,” Rockets head coach Stephen Silas said. “We had just had training camp and then game after game. Guys who hadn’t been through those moments and the more we do it, the better we get at it.”
Houston will look to make it seven wins in a row on Wednesday night when they take on former franchise star James Harden and the Brooklyn Nets (16-7) at home.