3. February 16, 1999 vs Phoenix Suns
The Rockets had alot of hype heading into the 1998-99 season, as it was believed they had one of the best trios in the league. The season certainly started out that way, as the Rockets were riding a four-game winning streak heading into their February 16th matchup against the Phoenix Suns.
This was a duel that featured two of the best teams in the Western Conference at the time, as the Rockets were 4-1 and the Suns were 4-2. Phoenix was also riding a streak of their own, as they had won two straight games, including an overtime thriller over the LA Clippers just three days before they faced the Rockets.
Although Pippen made 36.8 percent of his 3-pointers heading into that game, he struggled to find his shot overall through the Rockets’ first five games, as he went 29-of-74 from the field, which was a measly 39 percent. But on that day, Pippen turned in one of his best all-around performances, which gave a glimpse of what the Rockets brought him in for.
Although the Rockets were without Charles Barkley in that game, Pippen more than made up for it, as he had 19 points, which tied Hakeem Olajuwon for a game-high. Pippen went 6-of-13 from the field (46.2 percent), and turned in a masterful performance from the free throw line, as he went 7-of-7.
Pippen also came within one assist shy of a triple-double, as he finished with 19 points, 12 rebounds, and nine assists. His rebounding totals were the second-most he had all season, and he was also a force on defense in that game, as he had three steals and even added a block.
Pippen’s all-around game led the Rockets to a 109-92 victory over the Suns.
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