Trevor Ariza's streak of 173 straight games ended right where it began.
The former Wizard and now starting forward for the Rockets missed Wednesday's matchup in Washington because of a bruised lower back injury suffered in Houston's loss at Brooklyn Tuesday night.
Houston listed Ariza as "doubtful" and the small forward tested his back during pre-game warmups, but ultimately could not go in the Rockets' lone appearance in Washington this season.
“He’s going to be sore, he’s going to be stiff,” Rockets interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. “He’s one of the best that I’ve been around. He takes pride in playing in every single game. He doesn’t want to miss games. He doesn’t want to miss practices. It takes a whole lot to hold him out.”
Ariza began the streak Nov. 26, 2013 with the Wizards in a 116-111 win over the Los Angeles Lakers at Verizon Center. The following summer he signed a free agent contract with the Rockets.
This season Ariza ranks third on Houston with 11.6 points. He remains one of the top perimeter defenders in the NBA. Like many of his teammates, Ariza's own 3-point shot is off this season. His current 32.3 percentage would be his worse since the 2010-11 season.
Corey Brewer made his first start of the season in place of Ariza.