Houston, We Have 20 Straight

Rockets historic streak continues in win over Hawks
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2008 10:41 PM CDT
Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith, center, fights for a rebound against Houston Rockets forwards Luis Scola, rear, of Argentina, and Chuck Hayes, left, during the second quarter of an basketball game.   (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)
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(Newser) – The Houston Rockets overcame a dismal shooting night to defeat the Atlanta Hawks 83-75 and earn their 20th consecutive victory, tying them with the 1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks for the second longest winning streak in NBA history. Houston was able to get the historic win despite shooting a mind-numbing 30-of-90 from the floor, including 6-of-29 from 3-point range, reports the Houston Chronicle.

Tracy McGrady, who led the Rockets with 28 points, was awe-struck at his team’s accomplishment. “It’s unbelievable, 20 in a row, especially on this level,” he said, “I can’t even explain it.” The longest winning-streak in the NBA’s history was 33 games, accomplished by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers. That team was led by Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West.