No Problem in Houston as Rockets Currently Lead Southwest Division

Chris HerbertContributor IIIJanuary 29, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 10:  Teammates Kyle Lowry #7 and Kevin Martin #12 of the Houston Rockets against the Charlotte Bobcats during their game at Time Warner Cable Arena on January 10, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.   NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Don’t look now, but as of tonight, The Houston Rockets are currently in first place in the Southwest Division of the Western Conference. Although this team has largely been slept on early in this season, the Rockets are playing great basketball night in and night out.

Earlier tonight, the Rockets would defeat the Struggling New York Knicks 97-84. Although the Knicks were without star forward, Carmelo Anthony. The Rockets would impressively outscore New York without their leading scorer, Kevin Martin as well.

After starting the first 10 games of the NBA season at 3-7, it was looking like another forgettable season for the Rockets. They were unable to close out games and struggled playing together at crucial times. However, the Rockets would change that right away as they would win two consecutive games at home, including a 107-105 win over The Portland Trailblazers in overtime.

Fast forward two weeks later and the Rockets are now on a 9-1 run, the main reason the Rockets have played so well has come from the play of shooting guard Kevin Martin, who is leading the Rockets in scoring with 20 points a night. Luis Scola also has played a huge role as he averages 15 PPG along with six rebounds a night.

Another reason for the Rockets' success is from the play from point guard Kyle Lowry and center Samuel Dalembert. Lowry, so far this season, has played very well from the 1 spot and is one of the most improved players in the league. With 15 points and eight assists a game; Lowry is becoming one of the top point guards in the NBA

Samuel Dalembert, on the other hand, is now the starting center for the Rockets and has played well thus far. In the beginning of the season, Dalembert started off as a reliever for Jordan Hill and was not in the best shape. With a month’s worth of action behind him, Dalembert has now done a serviceable job, averaging nine points and eight rebounds a game and playing good defense in the post.

The NBA season is still young, but the Rockets are off to a great start. In the next month Houston will face stiffer completion from teams such as the Spurs, Nuggets and 76ers. If the Rockets can keep up their recent success, Houston could be a surprise in the NBA playoffs.

So Bleachers, what do you think of the Rockets so far?