NBA Playoffs: History Between Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors

By Trey Oursler
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Feb 20, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) scores a basket against Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Houston Rockets 102-99 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State:

Going back to their San Francisco days the Warriors joined the Western Conference in the 1962-’63 season where they didn’t make the playoffs immediately. The Warriors were coming off of a legendary run as the Philadelphia Warriors in the Eastern Conference with Wilt Chamberlain, before coming to the West. So in their second season they came together and even got to the Finals where they lost to the Boston Celtics. They would go to the playoffs 5 out of the 9 seasons they were considered the San Francisco Warriors.

Rick Barry and the Warriors of the early 70’s were dominant and although they missed the playoffs in in 1973-’74, they won an NBA title a year later. The Warriors have had two major droughts in their teams history and one started soon after the winning started. From 1977 to 1986 (11 seasons), the Warriors were kept out of the playoffs.

Don Nelson and Mitch Richmond brought the team back to relevancy in the late 80’s-early 90’s until the second drought hit in the 1994-1995 season, the year the Rockets won their second title. Besides a lone appearance in 2006-’07, the Warriors had not made the playoffs prior to the “Curry Era” for a long while. The past two years they returned suffering an early exit via the Clippers in Round 1 last season.

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