Rock­ets’ win streak reaches 21 straight

Now up­com­ing op­po­nents could have in­jury prob­lems

The Covington News - - Sports -

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.”

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