Houston Rockets: 3 biggest takeaways from current win streak

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After a slow start to the 2018-19 NBA season, the Houston Rockets have been hot as of late, recording victories in each of their last four outings. Here are the main takeaways from their current win streak.

The Houston Rockets finished the 2017-18 campaign with a franchise best 65-17 mark, and were one win away from knocking off the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.

But alas, it wasn’t meant to be, as Chris Paul sustained a hamstring injury and the Dubs capitalized on that misfortune, closing out the series in seven games. That disappointing loss was followed by an offseason that saw both Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute depart via free agency.

With two key defenders out of the equation, the Rockets stumbled out of the gate, losing five of their first six games. A turning point of sorts took place following a 103-91 loss against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Dec. 3 — a game in which they led by as many as 19 points in the first half.

The defeat dropped the Rockets to one game below .500 (11-12) more than a quarter of the way through the season. Despite the precarious predicament, Chris Paul remained confident that Houston will not be an easy out in the playoffs.

"“Our record ain’t that good,” Paul told CBS Sports‘ Reid Forgrave. “I’m still not that concerned, to tell you the truth. Somebody’s gotta beat us four out of seven times. I don’t see that happening.”"

Paul’s comments could have been taken with a grain of salt at that point in time because the Rockets went on to lose their next two games as well.

Since that time, however, the Rockets have been heating up, posting victories in their last four outings. Here’s a look at the notable takeaways from their current four-game winning streak.