The feud with Hollins wouldn’t last long, Lowry was traded just a month later to the Houston Rockets who were in a playoff position. This would be Lowry’s first playoff appearance and he played significant minutes playing against the eventual champions, the 2009 Los Angeles Lakers.
The season after losing out against Kobe’s Lakers in the playoffs, Lowry would continue being a backup point guard for the Houston Rockets. He eventually became their starting point guard in his third season for the Houston Rockets. He would lead the Rockets to a 43-39 record, but that still wasn’t enough to net them a playoff ticket in a very stacked western conference.
His last season with the Houston Rockets was slightly better, but once again even with a positive record (34-32 in lockout season), they still failed to make the playoffs with Lowry as their primary point guard. The Rockets would ultimately trade Lowry for draft picks to make cap space for James Harden.