With a Christmas Day matchup with the Golden State Warriors on the horizon, we take a look back at the five best Christmas wins for the Houston Rockets.
For the third year in a row, the Houston Rockets are going to be showcased on national television as part of the NBA’s Christmas Day lineup. With their exciting style of play and now Russell Westbrook joining the mix, it’s no surprise that the team will be front and center again on Wednesday as they take on the Golden State Warriors at 5 pm ET.
Dating back to their days as the San Diego Rockets, the franchise is 6-5 all-time on Christmas Day, and barring a miraculous effort by a severely undermanned Golden State team, should be 7-5 by Wednesday night. The idea to showcase a Warriors and Rockets showdown was a no-brainer before the season started, as they’ve had close playoff series in each of the last two seasons.
Unfortunately, injuries have decimated a Warriors roster that was already down Kevin Durant (free agency) and Klay Thompson (ACL) before the season even tipped off. Stephen Curry is still out after breaking his hand early in the season while D’Angelo Russell just returned to the court a couple of weeks ago after a thumb sprain. Predictably, Steve Kerr‘s team has suffered mightily and currently sits at last in the Western Conference.
The Rockets should be able to easily overcome Golden State if they have a somewhat decent game in a contest that likely won’t be that competitive. While it won’t feel the same without Curry, Thompson and Durant out there, any victory over the ballclub that has prevented Houston from winning another title so many times in recent years will be welcome.
With tipoff just hours away, let’s get into the holiday spirit by looking back at the top five wins by the Houston Rockets on Christmas Day.
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