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                === Rockets vie to end slide against Bobcats ===
 (Sports  Network)  - The Houston  Rockets will try  to end a seven-game losing
 streak  Monday afternoon when they head to Charlotte to take on the Bobcats at
 Time Warner Cable Arena.
 This is the longest losing streak for the Rockets since the 2005-06 season.
 "Right  now we're not  playing well - that's the bottom line," said head coach
 Kevin  McHale. "We're really in a funk and we're going to have to work our way
 out of it - that's all there is to it.
 "We're  not  getting any easy  baskets anymore. We  were leading the league in
 scoring  and now we're  not running hard. We're just so out of character right
 now. Then we have turnovers, and when guys are open we're not hitting them and
 we take the extra dribble. We're just really in a funk right now. We've got to
 get ourselves out of it and that's the bottom line. And we will."
 The  Rockets  are the second-highest scoring  team in the NBA, but during this
 slide,  they've cracked the 100-point mark just three times. Twice during this
 dry spell, Houston was held to 79 points and that represents a season-low.
 On  Saturday night in Minnesota, the injury-devastated Timberwolves buried the
 Rockets,  92-79. James  Harden led four Houston players in double figures, but
 the  starting frontcourt  of Chandler Parsons, Patrick Patterson and Omer Asik
 was held to 12 combined points.
 McHale  tried  to mix things  up out of the  locker room at halftime, benching
 Parsons, Patterson and Jeremy Lin in favor of Patrick Beverley, Carlos Delfino
 and Marcus Morris. The move didn't pay off and Houston has fallen way down the
 ladder in the Southwest Division, 10 1/2 games behind the San Antonio Spurs.
 But,  there may  not be a better elixir  for a losing streak in the NBA than a
 visit to Charlotte.
 The Bobcats dropped their 14th straight home game on Saturday, a 97-93 setback
 to  the Sacramento Kings,  a team that had three road wins all season prior to
 Charlotte  hasn't  won at home since  Nov. 21 against the Toronto Raptors. The
 Bobcats  have lost  seven of their last nine  and 25 of their last 28, but the
 home slide is almost inexcusable.
 "It's  something that we've  got to do better at," head coach Mike Dunlap said
 after  the  Kings loss. "I'm  on that and so  are the players. They understand
 that. They want to give these fans a "W" too."
 Five  Bobcats scored  in double figures against Sacramento and the team got to
 the  foul  line 38  times, which was  17 more than  an always aggressive Kings
 team.  The problem was,  the Bobcats only made 26 of those 38 for a 68 percent
 The Rockets have won three straight against the Bobcats and the two have split
 the eight meetings in Charlotte. Houston is 11-5 all-time in this series.
 01/21 10:42:20 ET

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