NBA: Houston Rockets Making History

John LewisSenior Writer IMarch 11, 2008

The Houston Rockets have shot their way to equaling the NBA's third-longest win streak.

After starting center Yao Ming went down with a season-ending injury, many believed that their win streak would come to an end. Well, it hasn't and now the streak is at 19 games and ten straight by double digits.

Has Dikembe Mutombo been the inspiration they needed to keep the streak alive?  The 41-year-old was brought in to make up for the loss of Ming. In his last two games, he's had six blocked shots, but what he does best is alter the opponents' shot down low.

The Rockets are also getting consistent play from their star player, Tracey McGrady. The 6'8'' forward is averaging 27.6 points and five rebounds a game in his last five.

Most importantly, the Rockets closed to within one game of the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs for the top seed in the Western Conference.

Houston can match the second-longest victory streak in NBA history with a win in Atlanta on Wednesday night.  However, beginning Sunday, they play the Los Angeles Lakers followed by a home game against the Boston Celtics.

These two games will prove something to the rest of the NBA...that maybe the Houston Rockets are for real.