Losers of 6 straight contests heading in to Thursday night's must-lose classic, the Houston Rockets seemed to have found their destiny ... but along came a much more experienced loser to teach them a thing or two.
Point guard Rafer Alston could point the finger of blame only at himself when he hit two late shots, giving the Hornets the cherished home loss, 92-93. New Orleans/Oklahoma City is simply off a groove, having lost 11 of their last 14.
"Nobody likes to win," said Rocket center Yao Ming. "Down the stretch with our record, we have to know we have absolutely no reason for the win."
The Rockets aren't the only team that can raise their head high in shame. The Golden State Warriors did the unfathomable - knocking off a contender during the critical ping pong ball stretch. Warriors 122, Mavericks 121.
"I'm not concerned," said Warriors coach Mike Montgomery. "We still don't know what the ... we're doing."