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Trend Watch: Rockets' new formula

For the first time in a decade, Houston's success begins with offense

Updated: December 27, 2010, 2:12 PM ET
By Kevin Pelton | Basketball Prospectus
ScolaKyle Terada/US PresswireLuis Scola has helped fuel a Rockets offense operating way above the league average this month.

Each Monday throughout the NBA season, ESPN Insider will investigate the latest trends in the league. Basketball Prospectus' Kevin Pelton is keeping an eye on all the numbers and will have a first look at how players, teams and the league as a whole are evolving.

Trending team: Houston Rockets winning with offense

Last week, Insider's John Hollinger took a look at how resurgent play from Kyle Lowry and the resulting benefit to Kevin Martin has helped the Rockets get back in the playoff race after a poor start to the season. What is worth noting is that Houston was hardly dismal on the offensive end even early in the season, when a leaky defense was costing Houston wins. As a result, the step forward Houston has taken on offense has made the team one of the most potent attacks in the league.


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