Tracy McGrady, a member of the last NBA team to win 22 consecutive games, said Monday that the Houston Rockets' win streak in 2008 was more impressive than the Miami Heat's current 22-game win streak.
McGrady told ESPN's Chris Broussard that the Rockets had to deal with much more during their streak — including Yao Ming's foot injury in the 12th game of the run. That left 41-year-old center Dikembe Mutombo to fill Yao's shoes.
"I'm enjoying watching because of the unknown," McGrady told Broussard of the Heat's streak. "But the way we did it was a lot harder. Having Yao go out around the 12th game and Dikembe filling his role was huge for our team. And we didn't have three guys making $100 million."
The Rockets' streak began in January 2008, when the team fell to only 24-20. By the end of the streak, they were 46-20. The Rockets ended up finishing fifth in the Western Conference and lost in six games to the Utah Jazz in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.