The Houston Astros capped the evening by winning a 12-inning war, 4-3, against the New York Mets to end New York’s 9 game win-streak. Nolan Ryan reached the magical 4,000 mark when former Astro Danny Heep swung and missed at a curveball in the dirt on an 0-and-2 count to lead off the sixth. The Astrodome crowd of 20,921 came to its feet after the first two strikes and cheered wildly when Ryan struck out Heep to write a memorable page of baseball history. Ironically, Ryan accomplished the feat against the same team that signed him as an eighth-round draft choice in 1965.
Listed at 6-6, but probably actually closer to 6-4, Charles Barkley played power forward as well as anyone, often dominating players half a foot taller. The undersized power forward averaged 10+ rebounds per game in 15 of 16 seasons. In a 100-89 Houston win over Cleveland, Barkley’s first assist of the game put him in elite company with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, and Karl Malone as the fourth player in NBA history to record 20,000 points, 10,000 rebounds and 4,000 assists.
Before the Rockets 94-74 loss to the Celtics (Kevin Garnett scored 22 points and Paul Pierce added 20), Houston had a team-high 22-game win streak. Houston’s streak was also the second-longest in NBA history; longest was the Los Angeles Lakers 33-game win streak that went from November 5th, 1971 to January 7th, 1972.
After Boston beat the Rockets, Tracy McGrady said this about the Celtics: “It’s a hell of a team over there. They outplayed us. I’ve never seen a defense like that. I mean, if they play defense like that, night in and night out, the NBA is in trouble because that was defense at its finest.”
Tonight the Miami Heat will go to Boston looking to extend their wnning streak to 23 games, and take sole possession of the 2nd longest streak in league history.
Do you think the Celtics will end Miami’s 22 game win streak like they did the Rockets? Can lightning strike twice? Will history repeat itself? Or will Miami beat the Celtics and extend their win streak to 23 games?
Houston Rockets radio voice Craig Ackerman with the classic call at the end of the Rockets’ game against the Los Angeles Lakers on 12/4/2012. In response to Kobe Bryant saying recently in regard to Pau Gasol needing to “put your big boy pants on”, Ackerman recaps the Rockets’ comeback 107-105 win exclaiming “The Lakers have just pooped their big boy pants!”