Rockets’ win streak reaches 21 straight
Now upcoming opponents could have injury problems
Much of the Houston Rockets’ remarkable roll has come without Yao Ming. Now their upcoming opponents might have to see what they can do without an injured star.
The Lakers could be missing Pau Gasol when they come to Houston today for a showdown with the Rockets, who extended their winning streak to 21 games, second-longest in NBA history, with an 89-80 victory over Charlotte on Friday.
The Rockets tied the Lakers for the best record in the Western Conference after Los Ange- les lost 108-98 in New Orleans. Gasol sprained his left ankle in the first quarter and needed help getting to the locker room. He was on crutches after the game, saying he didn’t want to put any weight on it in hopes of keeping the swelling down.
Boston visits Houston on Tuesday for a potential matchup of conference leaders and also could be short-handed. All-Star Ray Allen bruised his left heel at the end of the first quarter of the Celtics’ 110-92 home loss to Utah and did not return.
Losing a star hasn’t hurt Houston. The Rockets are 9-0 since Yao’s season-ending foot injury and broke a tie with the 1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks for the second-best victory streak in league history. Only the 1971-72 Lakers, who won 33 in a row, had a longer streak.
“This is pretty remarkable,” Tracy McGrady said. “I’ll always remember this. I’m definitely cherishing this moment.”