Houston Rockets: 15 greatest playoff moments of all-time

By Jerran Anderson
Houston Rockets. (Photo by NBA Photos/ NBAE/ Getty Images)
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Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston Rockets
Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston Rockets. Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images /

4. Hakeem Olajuwon goes for 46 points

Big individual playoff performances are always a hot topic of conversation. When it comes to the Rockets, nobody tops Hakeem Olajuwon when it comes to the best overall performer, at least for now.

Olajuwon worked wonders in the paint with his variety of shifty moves in the paint. In the 1994 NBA Playoffs, he got the chance to show off his new moves against former college teammate Clyde Drexler, a member of the Portland Trail Blazers.

In Game 2, it looked like Houston had things well in hand with a 115-104 victory. It wasn’t his playoff-best, but “Dream” went for 46 points on 16-of-30 shooting from the field. He even made a 3-pointer in the game. Olajuwon recorded eight rebounds, six blocks, four assists and four steals in the victory as well.

It was one of 11 40+ performances “Dream” had put up in the playoffs. His career-high 49 points came in the 1987 NBA Playoffs in a 128-125 loss to the then-Seattle SuperSonics. He also snagged 25 rebounds in that one, as he attempted to do all he could in that one to get the victory.

“Dream” is one of only three other players in the history of the NBA to record at least one game with 40 points and 20 rebounds. He’s registered two postseason contests with at least 40 points and 20 rebounds, though against Portland, he snagged just eight. The elusive 40-20 club isn’t for everybody and hasn’t be touched in the postseason since 2001.

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