Following a thrilling, 118-113 overtime victory over the Blazers at Toyota Center on Sunday, the Rockets have now taken out Miami, Indiana and Portland over a six-day stretch. The Rockets are 44-19 and have the fifth-best record in the NBA, but they just beat two of the four teams ahead of them and are 23-6 since Jan. 1, which is best mark in the NBA in 2014.
"We think we're the best team in the league," Chandler Parsons said. "We're going to go and prove it every single night. It's a big win for us, but at the end of the day, it's just one win against a good team. On to the next one. We don't think we're done. We're not getting arrogant or conceited or anything. But we think we can play with anybody and we've proved that this week. It's fun because we know we can even get better."
"We just want to hold up that trophy come June," Dwight Howard said. "We just have to stay humble, stay hungry and continue to do the small things that help us win games. Tonight was a tough test for us. I think early in the season, we probably would have lost this game. But we found a way to win. Not everybody had a good game particularly. James (Harden), he picked it up with his scoring, hit some tough shots. and Jeremy (Lin) had an amazing game. We cannot get cocky, we cannot lose our focus, that's when you fail. We gotta stay humble."
Rockets head coach Kevin McHale noted the big wins they've had this week, but accurately pointed out that the road ahead is as challenging as it gets.
"We beat three good teams and had a dogfight kind of win in Orlando," McHale said. "We go on the road for three, so we'll enjoy this one tonight. I'll watch the final episode of True Detective tonight and then we'll get on a plane tomorrow and go to Oklahoma City and have another dogfight. It just keeps coming, then we've got Chicago, who is playing well and tough. Then we have Miami again, so this is a big week for us.
"That was one gutty win by the team. Those guys really found a way the last 12 minutes of the fourth quarter and five minutes (of overtime), that 17 minutes was really a gritty kind of gut-it-out (win)."