Rockets match 50-game start they had in title-winning season
With Thursday night’s 102-91 road victory over the San Antonio Spurs, the Houston Rockets (37-13) tied a record for the best start through 50 games in franchise history. What year’s team did the Rockets tie with? None other than the 1993-94 squad, which went on to capture the franchise’s first championship when they beat the New York Knicks in Game 7 of the 1994 NBA Finals.
On their official Twitter account, ESPN Stats & Info tweeted out a graphic following Houston’s victory in San Antonio.
Houston, we have lift off.
The Rockets improve to 37-13 this season, tying their best 50-game start in franchise history.
Houston started the 1993-94 season 37-13 and went on to win the NBA Finals. pic.twitter.com/sKHbN9tKIp
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 2, 2018
In addition to the Rockets improving their record to 37-13 this season, they are now also a nearly-perfect 21-1 when superstar guard James Harden, point guard Chris Paul and center Clint Capela play in a game together. All three players have battled their fair share of injuries this season as a group, but the trio was on the court last night during the Rockets’ win over the Spurs.
Capela spoke to Raul Dominguez of The Associated Press and other reporters after the game, as the center was very happy with the way he and his teammates played defense on the night.
“It’s really good for us, especially that we did it the right way,” Capela said. “This second game, we did it the right (way) by being present defensively all game long, keep them under control, it’s going to be a good confidence to everybody on the team.”
Up next for the Rockets, their schedule does not get any easier on Saturday night when they travel to take on superstar forward LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in a primetime showdown at Quicken Loans Arena.