The Houston Rockets season has been a roller coaster to say the least, but their recent run has been turning heads around the NBA.
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 seven-straight wins to improve to 8-16, sitting to 13th in the Western Conference.
With a 114-104 win over the Kevin Durant-less Brooklyn Nets at Toyota Center Wednesday night, they created history becoming the first team across all four major North American sports leagues (NBA/NHL/MLB/NFL) to win seven games in a row, immediately after a losing streak of 15+ games, per Elias Sports Bureau.
The Rockets have won 7 straight games immediately following a 15-game losing streak.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 9, 2021
Six players scored in double figures in the win, led by 21 points from veteran Eric Gordon, who’s night was cut short, getting ejected after being assessed two technical fouls. Garrison Matthews added 19 points, while Christan Wood finished with 12 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks.
Birthday boy Josh Christopher, who turned 20 today, had the Toyota Center hyped in the fourth quarter as he hammered home this impressive one-handed alley-oop off the D.J. Augustin feed.
He went a perfect 7-of-7 from the field, including 4-of-4 from deep, scoring 18 points off the bench and playing some impressive defense against former franchise star James Harden.
“He took the challenge for sure. He was up for it for sure,” Rockets head coach Stephen Silas said postgame. [He] played a really solid game on both ends of the floor. Really proud of him.”
From where they started the season, the Rockets now have some serious momentum as they look to climb the standings, with the mood in the locker room lifting after a tough start to their season.
“It’s a fun brand basketball to coach, it’s fun brand basketball to watch. The atmosphere here tonight was great.” Silas said.
The loss snapped the Nets’ six-game road win streak, with their nine road wins this season tied with the Phoenix Suns for the most in the NBA this season.
Houston will look to make it eight wins in a row on Friday night when they take on the 16-10 Milwaukee Bucks at Toyota Center.