The Houston Rockets stunned the Toronto Raptors on their home court on Monday night to end their 20-game losing streak. The Rockets, who have been struggling with issues inside the team and injuries the team, lost 20 consecutive games before they beat the Raptors 117-99.
After the game -- Stephen Silas -- who is in his first year as the Rockets head coach -- couldn't hide his happiness. "It's like indescribable for a win in March of this crazy season," Silas said, per ESPN.
"I'm just so proud of the guys. When you're like going through it and fighting so hard and you just see the disappointment in the players' faces after loss after loss after loss. Then to go into the locker room after today's game and everybody's just happy and joyous, I mean, it's super cool and great.
"Yeah, whatever, I was down and out yesterday. It seems like a week ago now. We regroup, we come together, and yeah, it feels a lot better just because I know it feels great for the players. Like, whatever for me, but I'm just so happy for those guys that they don't have to hear about it and deal with it."
John Wall delivered a big performance for the Rockets
Wall, who was traded from the Washington Wizards to the Rockets in the offseason, had a triple-double as he scored 19 points, dished out 10 assists and had 11 rebounds.
After beating the Raptors, Wall acknodledged his team struggled with injuries in recent time but underlined that can't be an excuse for losing 20 straight games. "Losing 20 straight, we haven't been healthy, but that's not an excuse because everybody's been going through health and safety protocols and injuries," said Wall.
"We just went out there and competed, no matter what and what was going on." "I was like, 'Whoa, well, maybe this is the night. Maybe,'" Silas said. "We've had games where we only hit four 3-pointers the whole game.
Now we hit a half-court shot. It felt like something special could happen. For us, special is a win after so many losses in a row." Meanwhile, Rockets big man Christian Wood scored 19 points and had four rebounds. "It's about damn time, man," said Wood, who scored all 19 of his points in the second half after getting in early foul trouble. "It's about damn time."