The Rockets completed their long month on the road with an overall winning record of 25-23, even with a seven-game losing streak in the middle. January's final road trip saw the Rockets at their best (in a 45-point blowout of Utah) and worst (during a 20-2 fourth-quarter run in which Denver pulled away). "It's not bad, but obviously, we wanted to finish a lot better than the way we did," forward Patrick Patterson said. "We would have liked to have won quite a few more games. We put ourselves in position in certain games we should have won but let it slip out of our hands. All in all, we have a positive record right now. We're above .500. If we keep winning more games than we lose, I think we'll be fine." The Rockets went 8-9 in January, playing 12 of their 17 games on the road. Beginning with Thursday's day off, they have just one game — Saturday against Charlotte — in a span of five days to try to find the consistency that eluded them in January and that last road trip. "We're two different teams," Chandler Parsons said. "We have to be more consistent. I'm glad this month is over. This has been a tough month for us. Now we can have some days off, some practice days … to refocus and get back at it." Tickets available for Rising Stars With forward Chandler Parsons named to the roster for All-Star Weekend's Rising Stars Challenge on Feb. 15 at Toyota Center, tickets went on sale at rockets.com and nba.com/allstar2013. Those websites also have tickets for the Jam Session at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
Rockets report: Taxing January put to rest
Houston Chronicle | Feb 1