The Houston Rockets were 1-16 and with a 15-game losing streak. Less than two weeks later, they have the second-biggest winning streak going in the NBA at the moment.
Eric Gordon — who had 24 points and was 10-of-14 from the field — made a shot with 1.6 seconds remaining to give Houston a 118-116 win over the Orlando Magic on Friday night.
ERIC GORDON WINS IT FOR THE ROCKETS 🚀
Houston has won 5 games straight 👀 pic.twitter.com/8A1vPS7U6V
— NBA TV (@NBATV) December 4, 2021
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) December 4, 2021
The Rockets are now 6-16 and have a five-game winning streak, behind only the Phoenix Suns’ 18-game winning streak- and Phoenix is currently playing the Golden State Warriors on the road, so that streak may be snapped.
Update: The Suns indeed lost to the Warriors, so the Rockets now the longest current winning streak in the NBA.
Houston started the streak by beating the Chicago Bulls (who are 15-8) and the Charlotte Hornets (13-11), before beating the Oklahoma City Thunder twice and then the Magic on Friday. Yes, the Thunder are abysmal, as shown by their 73-point loss 24 hours ago. And the Magic are only a five-win team themselves. But this was a Rockets team that was 1-16, so the fact that they’re all of a sudden beating anybody is notable, especially for five straight wins (and especially with two wins coming vs good teams).
The Rockets will look to make it six straight wins when they host the 7-18 New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday.