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Oracle Arena has not been kind to the Houston Rockets in the last five years.

Since Steve Kerr took over as Warriors coach, the Rockets are 4-12 in Oakland. They've only won there once in nine postseason appearances since 2015, and failed to clinch a spot in the 2018 NBA Finals when they lost 115-86 in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals.

Barring a postseason rematch, Saturday marks the Rockets' last trip to Oracle Arena before the Warriors move into San Francisco's Chase Center next season. Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, in particular, is thrilled.

"I hate going to that building," Morey told Bleacher Report. "I've been there a lot, and they've got the better of us. I'm excited for the new building."

The last time the Rockets played in Oakland might have been a turning point. Harden nailed a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to stun the crowd at Oracle, and the Rockets picked up a road win without the services of injured point guard Chris Paul.

That shot also kick-started the Warriors' current run, but the Rockets likely won't be too concerned with that, considering the state of their rivalry. 

"For us, we feel like [the Warriors] are a team that cost us our dreams," Rockets guard Gerald Green said. "So we always go in there with a little different focus."

 

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If the Rockets win Saturday, they'll have their first three-game winning streak at Oracle in the regular season since the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. Of course, Morey and his players surely would have preferred a playoff winning streak in the building, which a victory in Game 6 would have clinched.

In this case, "better late than never" doesn't offer much solace.