1. Hakeem Olajuwon-March 15th, 1994
By the time the Rockets’ reached their March 15th game of the 1993-94 season, slot was at stake. The Rockets were jockeying for playoff positioning, as they had gone 4-4 in their previous eight games leading up to their game against the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Trail Blazers entered the game with a 38-25 record, and had gone 5-3 in their previous eight games, and previously had a six-game winning streak, shortly before their matchup with the Rockets. Simply put, this game mattered for both the Rockets and the Blazers.
It was clear that Hakeem Olajuwon knew the importance and was simply not going to allow the Rockets to lose. The Dream was in his bag and had a game-high in points (41) and steals (2). On top of that, Olajuwon had 13 rebounds and six assists, which was a team-high as well.
The Dream played a game-high 46 minutes, and turned in an incredibly efficient day at the office, as he made 70.8 percent of his field goal attempts. The Dream also had a game high in free throw attempts and free throws made, as he went 7-of-8 from the line, which was good for 87.5 percent.
Although there’s no basketball being played today, there were many great performances on today’s date in Rockets’ franchise history. In fact, there are so many more that could have been included on this list, which is a sign of how historical the Houston Rockets have been.