On Monday night (November 22 ET), the Rockets posted an 18-point loss to the Celtics in Boston.
The young rebuilding team put up a competitive fight in the first half with the game’s 15 lead changes and seven draws before intermission. In the second half, however, the hosts walked away beating the Rockets 34-16 in the third quarter.
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Boston, at one point, led by as much as 29 points as they won their third straight game and welcomed All-Star Jaylen Brown in this victory.
For Houston, only two players scored in double figures led by backup guard Armoni Brooks’ 17 points, as the starters only combined for 35 points on 13 of 40 shots, including 2 of 17 from beyond the arc.
“It’s difficult for us as a team … especially after 15 in a row,” Rockets great veteran Daniel Theis said. “Now everyone is in a hole. Confidence is going down. We still have to believe and fight, even if it doesn’t go our way. We still have to fight.”
Eric Gordon: “This is difficult… We have to understand that it is team basketball. They are little things. We have not been consistent all year playing good basketball. We have to do the little things first before we can start winning. Everyone needs to be on the same page for us to move forward. ” pic.twitter.com/rV3y4CdENs
– Mark Berman (@ MarkBermanFox26) November 23, 2021
This loss for the Rockets was the 15th in a row, not far from the franchise record for consecutive losses.
What is the Rockets franchise record for losing streak?
You don’t have to go far back to remember the team’s longest losing streak.
Last season, also under current head coach Stephen Silas, the Rockets lost 20 games in a row between February 6, 2021 and March 20, 2021.
The Rockets have lost 14 straight games and last year had a 20-game losing streak.
Seven teams have had more than 15 losing streaks in back-to-back seasons and all of them have occurred in the last 30 years. #NBATwitter pic.twitter.com/LiskaULdbm
– Elias Sports Bureau (@EliasSports) November 22, 2021
The 20-game losing streak is tied for sixth among consecutive losses spanning a single NBA season.
When did the 2021-22 Rockets record their last win?
Houston has not won a game since its 122-106 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Oct. 22, which was during the first week of the 2021-22 season.
That was the second game of the season for the team.
Although the team has lost these 15 consecutive games by an average margin of 13.7 points, including three losses by 26 points or more, the young team has fought hard and came very close to registering impressive victories in Los Angeles (November 2) and Denver. ( November 6th).
Rockets upcoming schedule
The team’s 1-16 record is by far the worst in the league, but they have some upcoming opportunities to break their losing streak and make sure they don’t tie or break the franchise record.
After playing the Bulls and Hornets at home, Houston twice faces the OKC Thunder 6-11, the Orlando Magic 4-14 and the New Orleans Pelicans 3-16 (records as of November 22).
|November 24||against bulls|
|November 27||against hornets|
|November 29th||against thunder|
|December 1st||in Thunder|
|December 3||against magic|
|December 5th||against pelicans|
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.