Tracy McGrady Says the Rockets’ 22-Game Winning Streak Was Harder Than Miami’s

The Miami Heat matched the Houston Rockets‘ incredible 22-game winning streak from the 2007-’08 season. According to Tracy McGrady, however, the Rockets’ streak was much tougher than Miami’s. T-Mac says Houston had to overcome major injuries, and he was the team’s only healthy superstar during a good chunk of its run. Per ESPN: “I’m enjoying watching because of the unknown,’ McGrady, by text, said of the Heat’s run. ‘But the way we did it was a lot harder. Having Yao [Ming] go out [due to injury] around the 12th game and Dikembe [Mutombo] filling his role was huge for our team. And we didn’t have three guys making $100 million.’ During their season, All-Stars McGrady and Yao led a good-but-not-great Houston club to 12 straight victories. But Yao broke his left foot in the 12th game, leaving 41-year-old Mutombo to step into the starting lineup at center. The Rockets continued to roll, though, winning 10 more times before losing to Boston on March 18, 2008, without the level of talent of ‘three guys making $100 million’ — referring to Miami’s LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. The Rockets eventually lost to Utah in the first round of the playoffs. […] Kobe Bryant, who is nursing a sprained ankle while his Lakers make their push for a Western Conference playoff berth, said he couldn’t care less about Miami’s winning ways. When asked in a text whether he thinks the Heat will break the Lakers’ record, he responded: ‘Did you really ask me that?? Lol'”