The Rockets set a franchise record for wins in a season after securing their 59th victory last night. Although, the players don’t really care.
Everyone knew that this team would be good, but even most Rockets fans didn’t expect them to be this dominant.
Houston went on a 14-game win streak earlier in the year between November and December. Not to be outdone, they followed that up with a 17-game win streak between late January and March. The Rockets their streak snapped by Toronto on Mar. 9, but now they’ve followed that up with eight consecutive wins.
Even in the absence of Chris Paul, the Pelicans were no match for Houston on Saturday night. The Rockets outscored New Orleans 64-37 in the first half and won 114-91. After the game, Mike D’Antoni announced to his locker room that they had set a new franchise record for wins. The locker room erupted in excitement, right? Well, not quite, as D’Antoni explained to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.
“They didn’t care. I’m kind of happy. I thought it was nice. They absolutely did not care.”
Houston’s win total is very impressive when you consider how many injuries they’ve dealt with. Chris Paul has missed 20 games this season, while James Harden, Eric Gordon, Trevor Ariza, Clint Capela, Luc Mbah a Moute and Ryan Anderson have all been out a week or more at a time.
Obviously, the players on this team probably feel a little satisfaction about their latest accomplishment. For James Harden, this is just a stepping stone, via ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.
“It’s a good team accomplishment in the regular season, but we’ve got bigger goals than that. So it’s just a step to where we want to go.”
This team was put together to defeat the Warriors and win championships. Every player in that locker room understands that, and they won’t stop until they reach the ultimate goal.