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Rocketing to 21 Straight!!

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tickets to rockets' 21st straight
Tonight the Houston Rockets became only the second team in NBA history to win 21 straight games, and we were there to see it! I’ve been to several Astros games since moving to Houston nearly a decade ago, but this is my first Rockets game. No better time to do so than when they’re making NBA history, even without the services of Yao, sidelined by a stress fracture in his left foot after the first 12 games of the streak.
toyota center
Huge thanks to Susan for navigating evening rush hour traffic to drive us downtown to the Toyota Center. Tonight the streak will boost the Rockets into a tie with the Lakers for first place in the NBA’s Western Conference, so the arena is sold out. We’re up in section 414 (the section of the Internal Revenue Code with definitions and special rules for pensions, such as the rule for service with a predecessor employer, a rule through which I very recently did a little streaking of my own). Seated almost directly across from us are Nat with Brandon, who is celebrating his 22nd birthday today.
streak in jeopardy
I’ll hazard a guess that whoever is my new twitter follower may have turned notifications off on me tonight, since I was spamming twitter with score updates throughout the game. After building a comfy lead of 14-7, the Rockets allowed the Bobcats to climb from 11 points to 29 while we remained stuck at 18. Not to worry. The Rockets blasted back from a 7-point first half deficit to grab a 9-point lead at one point during the quarter, took control of the game to start the final quarter, then pretty much coasted home.
Memento from a memorable basketball game: in honor of Clutch, born 9 years after Brandon, the Rockets’ mascot, the team was handing out free soap dispensers. I’m thinking of filling mine up with Kahlúa to set on my nightstand for spicing up my coffee.
bumper sticker [] - houstonian

Written by macheide

14 March 2008 at 11:00 pm

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