Mike D’Antoni: Rockets did not care about setting record for wins
The Houston Rockets continue to show that they have much bigger goals on their mind than the regular season.
The Rockets beat the New Orleans Pelicans 114-91 on Saturday to improve to 59-14 on the season. The 59th win set a franchise record for victories in a season, surpassing the 58 wins by the ’93-’94 team that won the Finals. Just like that team, this one has a championship on its mind.
Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni said after the win that his players didn’t seem to care about setting the record, which was pleasing to the coach.
Mike D'Antoni on the Rockets getting a franchise-record 59 wins: "I just told them. They didn't care. I'm kind of happy. I thought it was nice. They absolutely did not care."
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) March 25, 2018
Not only is Houston rolling this season with nine games left in the regular season, but things seem to be shaping up well for them. Their biggest competition in the conference — the two-time defending champion Warriors — are banged up with several top players injured. In the East, Kyrie Irving is out for the Celtics after undergoing a procedure on his knee. You get the feeling that the Rockets believe this will be their year.