Bruising Rockets Make It 19

Nets manage just 28 first-half points in 91-73 loss
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Mar 11, 2008 4:37 AM CDT
Houston Rockets' Tracy McGrady, left, tries to shoot over New Jersey Nets' Nenad Krstic (12), of Serbia-Montenegro, during the first half of a basketball game Monday, March 10, 2008 in Houston. The Rockets...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A season-best defensive performance against the Nets propelled the Rockets into rarefied air: the fourth 19-game win streak in NBA history. Houston held New Jersey to 28 first-half points and 30.4% floor shooting overall in a grinding 91-73 victory, reports the Houston Chronicle. Tracy McGrady led his team with 19 points.

Added coach Rick Adelman: "The thing that always amazes me is the consistency. Over the 60-plus games, we've been so consistent defensively." The other three teams with 19-game win streaks—the 2000-01 Lakers, the 1971-72 Lakers, and the 1970-71 Bucks—all won championships. New Jersey concluded a winless five-game Southwest road trip.