The missed shots and the losses began piling up with the pressure mounting along with the stakes placed on every must-win game.
There had been a time that the Rockets had prided themselves on their ability to handle adversity, citing some of the season’s best wins. But with their postseason aspirations in sight but shaky, to be determined in the season’s final weeks, the Rockets crumbled, with the latest collapse making the meltdown complete.
Just as their season spiraled down the drain from the heights of a four-game road trip sweep to a late-season fold, the Rockets went from a 13-point lead to a 105-99 overtime loss to the New Orleans Hornets on Thursday, filling the night with missed free throws, a bungled offense and a broken defense.
The loss sent the losing streak to a season-long six games and all but ended the hopes for a return to...