HOUSTON -- Houston has won 19 consecutive games and not coincidentally, point guard Rafer Alston is playing the best basketball of his career.
The 6-foot-2 point guard has averaged 15 points and seven
assists during the win streak, the third-longest in NBA history.
Alston and the Rockets will go for their 20th straight win in
Atlanta tomorrow night.
Alston has come a long way since the preseason, when he wasn't
even sure the Rockets wanted to keep him.
Houston drafted Aaron Brooks, then brought in Steve Francis and
Mike James, creating a crowded competition. Alston accepted the
challenge, quietly believing that he was the best match for coach
Rick Adelman's offensive system.
Francis eventually suffered a season-ending quadriceps injury,
James was traded and Brooks was relegated to a reserve role.
He's raised his game even higher in the seven games since Yao
Ming went out with a season-ending foot injury, averaging 17 points
and five assists.