Rockets hoping to put up winning streak

Rockets hoping to put up winning streak
February 4, 2014, 4:15 pm
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Heading into their 50th game of the season Wednesday night against Phoenix, the Rockets are 32-17.

The Rockets have a better record than all but six NBA teams.

They finished last season at 45-37, but there were 10 teams with a better record. That sounds like a pretty good jump and sounds like they are keeping some pretty good company.

One thing that still seems to separate the Rockets from the six teams ahead of them is their inability to go streaking, and I don't mean like Will Ferrell, aka Frank the Tank in Old School. I mean the good kind of streaking, a winning streak.

Houston has won its last three games and that three-game winning streak is tied for their second longest of the season. They have won three consecutive games on seven different occasions. But only once have they been able to extend the streak beyond three games.

"This would be a perfect time to win these four games and then get away from it for a little bit," Chandler Parsons said. "Go to All-Star weekend and end it on a positive note and we have a chance to do that right now."

For comparison, among the six teams ahead of them, Indiana had a season-best nine-game streak and has had three others as long as five. The Heat had a 10-game winning streak, and the Thunder have had three winning streaks of eight games or longer.

Portland had a 11-game winning streak, so did San Antonio, while the Clippers have won at least four in a row five separate times.

However, Houston has had only one winning streak over three games, a five-game winning streak, and that was back in November.

"At this point its just building a rhythm and hopefully we can carry that through to the all-star break," Jeremy Lin said. "I don't know what our longest win streak of the season is but I know every one wants to have one (long winning winning streak). I just feel like all the good teams, they always, at least for a stretch, are just unstoppable and we haven't really seen that from us."

"That's one thing we just have not been able to do is sustain much," Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said. "You can play very well and lose in this league, that just happens. But we have a tendency to have some good games, followed by some bad games, followed by some good games, followed by you're not sure what's going to happen. We've got to be able to sustain a month-long of just building, building, building. But I've said all year long, it's hard to build all the time when you are interchanging pieces. I'd like to get everybody together, get some time under our belt and make this last push after the all-star break when we're healthy."

Only once when in search of a fourth consecutive win have the Rockets faced an Eastern Conference team (Brooklyn) and that was the only time they've extended a three-game winning streak. In each of the five other instances, all losses, not only have they faced a Western Conference foe, it's been a team among the top nine in the conference, just like their opponent on Wednesday night, Phoenix, which is sixth in the West.