McGrady: HEAT’s Winning Streak Much Easier
Former Houston Rockets All-Star forward Tracy McGrady, who played on the previous NBA team to win 22 straight games, says the streak his 2007-2008 Rockets went on was more impressive than the Miami HEAT’s 22-game streak.
“I’m enjoying watching because of the unknown,” McGrady, by text, said of the HEAT’s run. “But the way we did it was a lot harder. Having Yao [Ming] go out [due to injury] around the 12th game and Dikembe [Mutombo] filling his role was huge for our team. And we didn’t have three guys making $100 million.”
During their season, All-Stars McGrady and Yao led a good-but-not-great Houston club to 12 straight victories. But Yao broke his left foot in the 12th game, leaving 41-year-old Mutombo to step into the starting lineup at center. The Rockets continued to roll, though, winning 10 more times before losing to Boston on March 18, 2008, without the level of talent of “three guys making $100 million” — referring to Miami’s three All-Stars forward LeBron James, guard Dwyane Wade and forward Chris Bosh. The Rockets eventually lost to Utah in the first round of the playoffs.