Rockets Still Have A Pulse

Houston snaps a 6-game losing streak, topping the Warriors 99-96.

Josh Helmuthby Josh Helmuth

The aren’t dead yet. This is about as complimentary a comment as one can muster concerning Houston’s apathetic late season skid that involves going one for their last seven games. They’re still in the hunt for the 8th and final playoff spot in the West, but are hardly competing like it’s that big of a deal.

"We needed this win, so we could get that bad feeling off our backs," said Luis Scola, who had 13 points. "We really, really needed it." Scola is right. Houston did “really, really” need a win. It was only a couple weeks ago the Rockets had their playoff future in their own hands. Now, they must win and pray for others to lose if they plan on playing past the regular season’s end.

Houston managed to squeak out a win Saturday topping the warriors even after being outscored in both the 3rd and 4th quarters by Golden State. The Rockets were lead by Courtney Lee who went for 20 points on 7-17 shooting from the field and 4-10 from downtown. Goran Dragic also got into the action with 18 points and 7 assists, but fumbled 5 turnovers, just in case you were getting too excited on his development as a 1-guard.

"We needed to find a way to win one," Houston coach Kevin McHale said. "It was just one of those games, we weren't sharp and we made some 3s to get some separation out of them. But it was another one of those games where we really weren't at the top of our game."

It was Dragic down the stretch though making things happen with both clutch passing and clutch shooting in the final minutes of the game that allowed Houston to hang on for their 33rd win of the year.

This pushes them to an overall record of 33-31 which keeps them still in contention in the West. Golden State’s attack was spear-headed by Klay Thompson (24 points) and Charles Jenkins (16 points). 

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