Houston Rockets inch closer to NBA record with 20th straight loss

Feb 13, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Houston Rockets guard John Wall (1) drives against New York Knicks guard Elfrid Payton (6) in the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Following a 114-112 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday, the Houston Rockets are now six games away from tying the NBA record for the longest losing streak in a single season. This game saw them snap a 12-game streak of losses by double-digits that began February 22nd.

Four different players scored in double figures for the Rockets, including three 20-point scorers. Christian Wood, in just his third game back from injury led the team with 27 points, eight rebounds and two blocks.

John Wall finished with 24 points, seven assists and three steals while Victor Oladipo had 23 points, six assists, five rebounds and two steals. Danuel House scored 18 points on an efficient 78% shooting.

The Oklahoma City Thunder had six players score in double figures including two players coming off the bench. They were was led by Lugentz Dort who scored 23 points in the game followed by Isaiah Roby who recorded 18 points and eight rebounds.

Recent trade acquisition Svi Mykhailiuk and Justin Jackson each scored 15 points off the bench. Moses Brown recorded a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds while Theo Maledon scored 12 points.

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Houston Rockets 20-game losing streak

Houston Rockets 20-game losing streak
Mar 19, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Rockets guard John Wall (1) controls the ball during the third quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Rockets have not won a game since February 4th when they beat the Memphis Grizzlies, 115-103, improving their record to 11-10 at the time. They have gone from sitting just outside of the playoff line to now having the second-worst record in the NBA.

Each of the Rockets next five games will come against teams with a record below .500 with three being played on their home floor. This includes back-to-back games against the team with the NBA’s worst team in the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Rockets will be looking to avoid setting the record for longest losing streak in a single-season at 26 games set by the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2010-2011 season. The longest overall losing streak is 28 games set by the Philadelphia 76ers beginning during the latter end of the 2014-2015 season and ending in the beginning of the 2015-2016 season.

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