Rockets Vs. Nuggets: Houston Battling Denver For Playoff Positioning

The Houston Rockets are trying to hang on to one of the final playoff spots in the Western Conference.

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NBA Power Rankings: Rockets In The Bottom Half Of League

The Houston Rockets aren't having a very good week, since they had a playoff spot in their grasp just several days ago before dropping four straight games to fall out of the picture, though not entirely.

In the latest NBA Power Rankings, the Rockets are ranked 17th in the league, and that's just because there are plenty of bad teams in the NBA to make one forget about the type of collapse that's going on in Houston right now.

SB Nation NBA writer Tom Ziller had this to say in the rankings:

"How to lose your playoff spot in four games: register four losses in six days to the three teams you are competing with for a spot. What a painful week for the Rockets."

Houston sits in the rankings between the Philadelphia 76ers and Utah Jazz in the rankings.

Read more about the Rockets at the The Dream Shake blog.

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Houston Rockets: Slip Slidin' Away

Clinging to the 8th seed for dear life!

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2012 NBA Standings: Rockets Clinging To No. 8 Spot

The Rockets have lost three straight games and are now sitting at the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference after losing to the Nuggets Sunday night. With that loss the Phoenix Suns are just one game behind the Rockets and the Utah Jazz are only 1.5 games back.

There are only six games left in the regular season for the Rockets to hold onto that final spot and they get a chance to get back on the court Monday night against the Nuggets once again, but this time at home.

Out of those last six games that the Rockets have on the schedule they have two against the New Orleans Hornets, and those two games are as near a guaranteed win on the schedule a team can have.


Western Standings

GP W-L PCT
No. 1 Oklahoma City Thunder 60 44-16 .733
No. 2 San Antonio Spurs 58 42-16 .724
No. 3 Los Angeles Lakers 61 39-22 .639
No. 4 Los Angeles Clippers 60 37-23 .617
No. 5 Memphis Grizzlies 60 35-25 .583
No. 6 Dallas Mavericks 61 34-27 .557
No. 7 Denver Nugget 60 33-27 .550
No. 8 Houston Rockets 60 32-28 .533

For more on this game Rockets fans should check out The Dream Shake and for more news and notes from around the NBA head over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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Rockets Vs. Nuggets Final Score: Houston Falls Apart In Second Half, Lose 101-86

The first half of this game saw the Houston Rockets leading the Denver Nuggets by nine points, but in the second half a completely different Rockets team came out and struggled mightily and lost 101-86. The loss puts the Rockets in the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference and only 1.5 games ahead of the Phoenix Suns.

The Nuggets offense came alive in the third quarter while the Rockets offense went the opposite direction which led to the Nuggets outscoring the Rockets by 18 points to take a 12-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. In the final quarter the Rockets were able to play better, but they could not make any type of run to get back in this game.

The Rockets ended up shooting only 36 percent from the field with Luis Scola and Chase Budinger leading the way with 19 points each. The Nuggets just under 50 percent, but their scoring came alive as six players scored in double figures with Ty Lawson and Arron Afflalo each putting up 20 points.

For more on this game Rockets fans should check out The Dream Shake and Nuggets fans should visit Denver Stiffs. For more news and notes from around the NBA head over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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Rockets Vs. Nuggets Halftime Score: Houston Leading Denver, 49-43

Both the Houston Rockets and Denver Nuggets are battling for one of the final playoff spots in the Western Conference. Currently the two are tied for the No. 7 spot and 1.5 games ahead of the Phoenix Suns for being out of the playoffs, so Sunday night's game is big.

At the half it is the Rockets who are ahead of the Nuggets 49-43 thanks to Chase Budinger who has 16 points including going 4-of-8 from three-point range; Louis Scola also has 14 points for the Rockets. The Rockets are leading even though they are shooting 40 percent from the field, but their three-point shooting is why they are leading as they have made six compared to the Nuggets one.

The Nuggets offense has been shooting a little better than the Rockets at 45 percent and their leading scorer is Ty Lawson who has eight points.

For more on this game Rockets fans should check out The Dream Shake and Nuggets fans should visit Denver Stiffs. For more news and notes from around the NBA head over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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