The Fastbreak Houston Rockets Have Run Into a Wall

November 30th, 2009 by Robert Kleeman Leave a reply »
Before Friday's tilt with the San Antonio Spurs, the Houston Rockets had not lost two games in a row.

In the first three quarters of Sunday's 100-91 win over Oklahoma City, the Thunder threatened to extend the streak to three.

The Rockets, for their part, seemed to ask for a finishing punch, as if such a blow would end the misery of an embarrassing week.

First, the Dallas Mavericks destroyed the Rockets 130-99, using everything from hot shooting from behind the arc, to Dirk Nowitzki's untouchable fade-away jumper, and Jason Kidd post-ups, to sharpen the attack.

Jason Terry jump started the merciless blitzkrieg Wednesday night with demoralizing shot after demoralizing shot.

The Spurs strolled into town with a three game winning streak and a mission. In the third quarter of that slug-fest, the Rockets clanged 17 consecutive shots; shooting 20 fewer free throws might have hurt as well.

San Antonio escaped Houston with a 92-84 victory and the resilient Rockets seemed to have changed.

Except they didn't and have yet to since.

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