For the Rockets, as much as they need to make a variety of improvements — from regaining ball movement to defending with discipline — the immediate key to getting out of a seven-game losing streak could be perseverance.

"Just stick with it," guard James Harden said. "Guys have to continue to just stay in the gym, have confidence in shots when you get an opportunity, and defensively just lock in."

The Rockets had one practice during a stretch of eight games in 12 days. They won the first game of that stretch, their fifth victory in a row.

The losing streak since is the longest in franchise history after a winning streak of at least five games.

"It's night and day," forward Chandler Parsons said. "In the beginning of the season, our defense was our best offense. When we got stops, we were able to go out in transition and move the ball and play unselfish. We're not getting stops right now, so we can't do what we do best."

Delfino certain of his position

With forwards Patrick Patterson and Marcus Morris struggling, coach Kevin McHale has extended Carlos Delfino's time at the position, finishing games with Delfino matching up with Dirk Nowitzki and David West.

But Delfino does not consider himself a shooting guard/small forward/power forward.

"I'm not a four man," Delfino said. "I can help. I can try to do my best over there. If you ask me what I like to play, I will never say, 'Oh, four.' If it's good for the team and the coach likes what I can do, the help I can bring, I will try to do it. When someone says, 'You play for the Rockets. What is your position?' I say, 'Shooting guard.'?"