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Mike D'Antoni says Houston Rockets aiming for 60 wins

NBA.com staff reports

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For as storied of a franchise as the Houston Rockets are, there’s one thing it has never accomplished: a 60-win season. After a 55-win season in 2016-17 and offseason roster changes that included adding All-Star point guard Chris Paul, the magical 60 mark seems to be on Houston’s radar now.

As Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports, Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni sees 60 wins as a reasonable goal for his team. The run to that lofty mark begins tonight as the Rockets take on the Golden State Warriors (10:30 ET, TNT) in Oakland.

Here’s more from Feigen on Houston’s 60-win aspirations:

Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said he believes a 60-win season would be a legitimate goal, a mark that would set a franchise record and would better last season’s total by five games. Though that might be considered a lofty goal, he said he had an idea of how the Rockets would have to improve to get there.

“We won 55 last year. We’d like to win 60 or more,” D’Antoni said. “How can we do it? We know our defense has to get better. We’re really working on that. We know we have to move (offensively) more. We’re working on that.

“We should have won 60 last year. We screwed it up. After the All Star break, we were very, very mediocre.”

“We had a chance last year,” Rockets guard James Harden said. “We hit a hole after All Star break, got kind of complacent. Sixty wins would be great for us. It would give us a top two seed in the west and some momentum going into the post-season.”

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