Rockets end skid at 20, Wall has 1st triple-double since ’16

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Houston Rockets' John Wall (1) drives on Toronto Raptors' Fred VanVleet (23) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 22, 2021, in Houston. (Bob Levey/Pool Photo via AP)

HOUSTON – Stephen Silas walked off the court at halftime believing he’d seen a sign.

Danuel House Jr. swished a 51-footer at the buzzer, sending the Rockets to the locker room on a high after 20 straight games of nothing but lows.

“I was like, ‘Whoa, maybe this is the night,’” the Rockets coach said. “It felt like something special had happened. For us, something special happening is a win after so many losses in a row.”

The Rockets went on to snap their 20-game losing streak Monday night, as John Wall had his first triple-double in five years in a 117-99 victory over the Toronto Raptors.

Houston’s skid was tied for the ninth-worst in NBA history and the longest since Philadelphia’s record-setting, 28-game losing streak across the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.

But Wall had 19 points, 10 assists and 11 rebounds, his first triple-double since March 17, 2016. That helped the Rockets got their first win since Feb. 4.

“It’s like indescribable for a win in March of this crazy season, but I’m just so proud of the guys,” Silas said. “When you’re going through it and fighting so hard and seeing the disappointment in the players’ faces after loss after loss after loss, and to go into the locker room after today’s game and everybody is so happy and joyous is just super cool and great.”

Wall found Silas after the game and gave him a big hug.