Houston Rockets: 15 greatest playoff moments of all-time

By Jerran Anderson
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2. The Rockets win their first NBA title

The Rockets have won two NBA titles in their franchise history. One of the greatest moments came during the 1994 NBA Finals as Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, Robert Horry and Sam Cassell won their first ring over the New York Knicks.

Houston finished the regular season with a 58-24 record and second in the Western Conference playoff race. In the playoffs, they stumbled a bit, but in the Western Conference Finals, they hit another level, beating the Utah Jazz 4-1. In a word, Olajuwon was unstoppable.

Olajuwon would go on to win the NBA Finals MVP award after putting up 26.9 points, 9.1 rebounds, 3.9 blocks, 3.6 assists and 1.6 steals per game throughout the series. He had a big Game 6 that turned the tide of the series with 30 points and 10 rebounds and in the end, a big play on defense.

The Rockets led  86-84 with the final seconds winding down and the Knicks had the ball. John Starks drove towards the baseline and pulled up on the wing, but Hakeem blocked his attempt as the buzzer sounded and the Rockets secured the win.

In Game 7, the Rockets beat the Knicks 90-84 to win their first NBA title in franchise history. Olajuwon had 25 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in the series-clinching win. It was a memorable series and worth being on the winning side, as they finally brought a championship to the city with Olajuwon leading the way.