The Rockets will hit the All-Star break having played 55 of their 82 games, so several players said Saturday that the road swing to Sacramento, Golden State and the Los Angeles Clippers packs extra urgency for the final playoff push.

“We have no margin for error,” guard Toney Douglas said. “When we lost the seven in a row (in January), that was our time for error. Now is our playoffs. We have to take every game like a playoff game as everybody turns it up and people get serious.”

Guard Jeremy Lin said the chance to have 30 wins at the break would be a significant boost for the Rockets’ confidence.

“We’re playing great right now, and we don’t want to mess it up. It’s fragile,” he said. “We want to keep doing the same things. We want to be able to climb up in the ranks.”

The win Friday over Portland gave the Rockets a two-game edge in the race for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff qualifying spot, but coach Kevin McHale said that can disappear quickly.

“This is when things start getting solidified,” McHale said. “Teams that make long playoff pushes really start playing well in March and April, and it propels you through (the playoffs). We have to start playing well now and get in position to where not only can we make the playoffs, we can make a playoff push.”