How the Rockets can clinch a playoff berth

By Adam Wexler - Sports Anchor/Reporter
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HOUSTON - The Houston Rockets will put their 17-game winning streak on the line Friday night across the Northern Border when they play at the Eastern Conference-leading Toronto Raptors.

A win would not only extend the Rockets' NBA-best winning streak this season, but would also clinch a playoff berth for the team.

With the team sitting atop the Western Conference standings, clinching a playoff berth is pretty low on the list of accomplishments, but nonetheless it’s a step towards the ultimate goal.

The Rockets could also clinch that playoff spot Friday night even without a win.

If any one of the following happens, the Rockets would clinch a playoff berth:

  • Utah Jazz loss at Memphis Grizzlies
  • Denver Nuggets loss to Los Angeles Lakers
  • Portland Trailblazers loss to Golden State Warriors
  • Los Angeles Clippers loss to Cleveland Cavaliers

The 17-game winning streak is the franchise's longest since their 22-game winning streak the team had during the 2007-08 season.

The Raptors are one of just three teams the Rockets have not beaten this season. Houston, playing without Chris Paul, lost to Toronto on Nov. 14, 129-113.

The Pistons and Wizards are the other two teams that the Rockets have not beaten this season.

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