The Houston Rockets season was a roller coaster ride to say the least, but their most recent run turned the NBA on its head.
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After losing 15 straight games to 1-16, they were well on their way to the worst record in NBA history, but now the Rockets have now taken six straight wins to improve to 7-16 and climbed to the 13th Western Conference.
They made history with a 118-108 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday night by becoming the first team to win six games in a row in all four major North American sports leagues (NBA / NHL / MLB / NFL), immediately after losing a streak of more than 15 games, per Elias Sports Bureau.
“The way we play now, that should be the standard,” said veteran watchman Eric Gordon. “I’ll take our chances against anyone as long as we play right.”
Gordon and Christan Wood each scored 23 points for the win, which saw six players finish in double digits thanks to some lights shooting from outside the arc.
For the fourth time in their last six games, the Rockets shot over 40 percent from the depths, scooping 17 out of 40 (42.5 percent) of their triples, with Wood leading the lead when he went 5 of 6 out of the 3-dot line in the Night while Garrison Mathews added 4 of 6.
KJ Martin had the Toyota Center spun up in the fourth quarter when he pounded that formidable putback slam and flew over Pelicans guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker.
From where they started the season, the Rockets now have some serious momentum as they try to climb the table.
“In the beginning we honestly didn’t really know what we were doing, we hadn’t had that experience,” said Rockets head coach Stephen Silas. “We just had a training camp and then game after game. Guys who haven’t experienced these moments and the more we do them, the better we get at them. “
Houston will seek seven straight wins on Wednesday night when it takes on former franchise star James Harden and the Brooklyn Nets (16-7) at home.