One could argue that ending the regular season on back-to-back losses to the lowly Phoenix Suns and the ailing Los Angeles Lakers cost them a higher seed (and avoiding the Thunder), but the 2012-13 season can only be classified as an unequivocal success from a big-picture standpoint.
Here's a quick look at what went right and what went wrong with the Rockets. And more importantly, where do they go from here?
Acquiring James Harden: On Oct. 27, 2012, everything changed for Houston. Their plan of amassing assets for the sole purpose of acquiring a game-changing talent finally paid off with the acquisition of Harden.