7:15 pm CST, Friday, January 4, 2019
PORTLAND, Ore. – Coming off a thriller of an overtime win, on the NBA’s largest regular-season stage and against the two-time reigning champions, the Rockets would seem in position for a letdown. They insisted, however, they would not have any difficulty moving on from the 135-134 win against the Warriors on Thursday.
“I think we’re smart enough to know it’s just one game and it’s not that big of a deal, although entertainment value was pretty great,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said. “It’s great for the NBA because everybody’s talking about it, what they did and we did, the players, it was incredible. Basketball is the best.
“Overall, it’s a great feeling to be a part of that. But as the season goes on, good win, but it’s one win. We still have to improve, get our guys healthy. It doesn’t mean that much.”
Going into Saturday’s game in Portland, the Rockets hold a narrow lead against the Trail Blazers for fourth in the Western Conference. They will return home next week for games against the two teams leading the conferences, the Nuggets and Bucks.
“We’re too far in a hole to be talking because we won a few games,” Rockets forward P.J. Tucker said. “Keep the same type of energy we had all year. It’s a big win, but it is because of how we’re playing and the streak (with wins in six straight games and 11 of 12) we’re on more than just beating Golden State. We feel we’re getting back to where we were. I think it’s more about that.
“A lot of emotion goes into each game. That was a crazy game because we came back from a lot of points (20) and won in overtime. Going to the next game, you’re still on that high about how we played and the things we are doing, but treat it the same way.”