The Houston Rockets were rolling when they made their last visit to play the New Orleans Hornets.
Two-plus weeks later, the Rockets have slowed down considerably.
Houston goes for its second victory in 10 games on Friday night when these teams close out their season series.
Seven days after posting a 104-92 victory over the Hornets (14-28), the Rockets (22-22) were denied a season-high sixth consecutive win - and 13th in 16 games - with an 88-79 loss at New Orleans on Jan. 9.
Houston committed 23 turnovers in that game and set a season low in scoring. That defeat was the start of a season-worst seven-game slide that ended Monday with a 100-94 victory at lowly Charlotte.
The Rockets, though, couldn't build on that on Wednesday, committing 23 turnovers in a 105-95 loss to Denver to lift its league-leading average to 16.7.
James Harden committed seven of those turnovers, completely overshadowing his team highs of 23 points and seven assists.
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