John Wall wants everyone to know the Rockets are going to be just fine without James Harden. In fact, it seems as though they prefer it that way.

Houston's 104-101 victory over Portland on Thursday night extended its current winning streak to four games, keeping the Rockets firmly in the Western Conference playoff picture. Wall, who had 20 points, six assists and five rebounds against the Trail Blazers, noted that the culture has been a lot different since a certain former MVP was traded to the Nets.

"The team wasn't where we wanted to be, and we had people that didn't want to be here," Wall said. "So it's kind of hard to play through that and try to find a chemistry. Once we got that away, and then we made the trades happen, we got the team that we wanted and the guys that wanted to be here.