5 Things to Watch as Rockets Make Playoff Push in Season's 2nd Half

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5 Things to Watch as Rockets Make Playoff Push in Season's 2nd Half
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The Houston Rockets snapped a seven-game losing streak yesterday by beating the Charlotte Bobcats 100-94 behind 29 points from James Harden. It was their longest losing streak since the '05-06 season. 

The win helped Houston boost its record above .500 at 22-21 and also gave it a one-game lead over the Portland Trail Blazers for the eighth spot in the West.

It’s been a hot and cold year for the Rockets, who haven’t had trouble scoring this season but also haven’t been playing great defense, either. They rank second in the league in points per game (104.5) and first in the league in points against (103.5). 

To make a playoff push, they are going to need contributions from a variety of players. That starts with moving the ball. Lately, they’re settling for poor shot attempts and not running much of an offense.  

Here’s what has to happen for the Rockets to finish the season strong.

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