Rockets pick up fourth-year option on D’Antoni’s deal

Mike D'Antoni says he and Carmelo Anthony "never had a blowup" in New York.

The Houston Rockets have exercised their fourth-year option on head coach Mike D’Antoni’s contract, taking him through the 2019-20 season.

Rockets owner Timlan Fertitta announced Wednesday the team was picking up the option on D’Antoni, who has led Houston to a 120-44 record (.732) in his two seasons at the helm.

“The way Mike conducts himself behind the scenes along with the results he brings, it did not take long for me to see that he is the perfect fit for our organization,” Fertitta said. “We are thrilled to have Coach D’Antoni continue to push the Rockets toward our goal of winning a championship.”

Last season, D’Antoni led Houston to a franchise single-season record 65 victories. It marked the first time Houston posted the best record in the NBA. The Rockets also won a franchise record 31 road games, tying for the sixth-highest single season total in NBA history.

The Rockets also became the sixth team in the history of the league to register three winning streaks of at least 10 games in a single season, including 17 in a row from Jan. 28 through March 7. That represents the second-longest streak in franchise history.