Mar 8, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker (17) and Orlando Magic guard Markelle Fultz (20) battle for a rebound during the third quarter at Toyota Center. Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

After some encouraging early returns on their small-ball experiment, the wheels may be quickly falling off for the Houston Rockets.

The Rockets got steamrolled in the first half on Sunday by the lowly Orlando Magic and ended the disaster half down by 25 points, thanks in part to three technical fouls in the span of the final minute of the second quarter. As a result, the team heard boos from their home fans at the Toyota Center, per Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle.

While the Houston fans may have been partly booing the officials for calling the technical fouls, it’s hard to imagine that they were pleased with the 71-46 deficit at the break, especially at the hands of the 28-35 Magic.

Orlando wound up winning by the slightly less lopsided final of 126-106. But with the Rockets now losers of four straight games, it is safe to say that they have been stinking up the place lately in more ways than one.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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