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Houston Rockets go into 1 game tailspin

by james on March 19th, 2008

NFL Football at its best. NFL Football at its craziest.

Kevin Garnett played with a shrunken head while beating the Houston Rockets


Boston Celtics 94 Houston Rockets 74

Win streak stopped out at 22.

You lose 1 game and the talk comes out.

“See, told you so”.

Well, have to admit, the Houston Rocket fans almost had me. Your intrepid author was here to write that the Rockets were invincible. Hey, beat Boston, the best team in basketball this year, and add in the fact it would have been victory number 23 in a row and that makes you the best team, doesn’t it?

Ahh, you had me fooled. You guys aren’t that good. You just lost to the best team in basketball, come on.

Wait, aren’t you supposed to lose to the best team, even if you are the second best team? Uhh, hold on, your intrepid author is thinking.

The Rockets hadn’t lost since a 97-89 defeat to Utah on Jan. 27 and put together the NBA’s second-longest winning streak. It ended 11 victories shy of the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers, who won 33 in a row.

It was only Houston’s second loss in 28 games and its fourth since a 97-93 loss in Boston on Jan. 2, a game Tracy McGrady sat out with a knee injury. The Rockets also lost for the first time in 11 games since Yao Ming went out with a season-ending foot injury on Feb. 26. source

Hey, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce combined for 42 points and that was all she wrote. Tracy McGrady had an off night of 8 points and that did not help.

Win Streaks

Houston is not without their win streaks. Even after this loss.

The Rockets still have one more streak to protect - they’ll go for their 13th straight road win in New Orleans on Wednesday night.

And then there is the battle with the Los Angeles Kobe Bryant Lakers for first place in the Western Conference standings.

Houston beat the Lakers on Sunday to take over sole possession of first place in the Western Conference and set up Tuesday’s showdown between conference leaders.

It all came unraveled in the 3rd quarter of the game.

McGrady missed a jumper in the final seconds of the third quarter and Battier was there for the rebound, but tipped it right to James Posey, who started a fast break the other way.

The Celtics outscored Houston 32-16 in the third quarter and built a 72-56 lead, the largest deficit the Rockets had faced since Boston had them down 20 in their first meeting. Houston went 7-for-16 from the field with six turnovers in the decisive quarter.

Oh, well, maybe the Rockets can right the ship and start winning, who knows.

NBA Basketball Fan Question Isn’t the 22 game Houston win streak amazing?

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