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Houston Rockets: 5 matchups to watch for in January

Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images
Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images
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The Houston Rockets ended a rocky December with a double overtime win over the Lakers. Here are five matchups to watch for in January.

The Houston Rockets looked like two completely different teams from the start of December to the end.

Houston was rolling heading into the last month of the year. They started the month against the Lakers on Dec. 3, already having won six consecutive games. Houston defeated Los Angeles 118-95 in that game and they won seven more games after that. The Rockets had their 14 game winning streak snapped in a loss to that same Lakers squad on Dec. 20, and it was all down hill from there.

Chris Paul injured his groin against the Lakers, and he missed Houston’s next three games and played in limited minutes against the Wizards. Clint Capela also missed games against the Lakers, Clippers, Celtics and Wizards due to a heel bruise and orbital fracture. The Rockets spiraled into a five game losing streak, and lost their No.1 spot in the conference to the Warriors.

Fortunately for Houston, they were able to defeat the Lakers on the last day of the year in a double overtime thriller to snap the losing streak. The Rockets will head into the New Year looking to get some of that magic back that they had during their 14 game winning streak. Here are the top five games to watch in January.

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