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These 8 teams own the head-to-head records over the Houston Rockets

Houston Rockets Russell Westbrook (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Houston Rockets Russell Westbrook (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Houston Rockets Russell Westbrook (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

The Houston Rockets have a winning percentage of .500 or greater against 21 NBA teams, but these eight have been a thorn in their side.

From their inception as the San Diego Rockets in 1967 through the present day, the Houston Rockets have built quite a successful franchise. Under the leadership of some of the greatest players in NBA history, they have built an impressive overall record over more than two-thirds of the NBA.

In 53 years of existence, the Rockets have only had 15 losing seasons, with their last losing year being the injury-plagued season of 2005-06 that featured Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming.

Of all 29 other NBA teams, Houston has faced off against the Sacramento Kings the most times at 224 and they have played the Toronto Raptors the least at 48.

The Rockets have had their greatest success against Eastern Conference teams, having their highest winning percentages against the Charlotte Hornets, Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers.

Some teams, however, have just simply had the Rockets’ number through the years. While Houston has an even record with two teams, the Phoenix Suns and the Miami Heat, they have a losing record against eight others.

Here’s a look at the teams that have been the biggest problems for Houston when it comes to regular-season matchups, starting with the closest head-to-head record.

Next: No. 8 & 7

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