2. April 15, 1999 vs. Portland Trail Blazers
The Portland Trail Blazers were one of the best teams in the Western Conference that season, as they finished with the second seed in the West and ultimately made it to the Western Conference Finals. The Blazers were 17-4 heading into their match against the Rockets, which was a good litmus test for a Rockets team that was 13-9 at the time.
On that day, Pippen had yet another stellar all-around game, as he had his way with the Blazers. Pippen had 18 points on 6-of-11 from the floor (54.5 percent), and went 2-of-4 from behind the arc. Pippen also went 4-of-4 from the free throw line and added eight rebounds and nine assists, which was yet another game in which he nearly posted a triple-double.
Pippen also added contributions on the defensive end, as he had three steals, which were second-most on the Rockets. Pippen had 10 points in the second half, which was also a Rockets best. The 6-foot-8 forward was also the closer for the Rockets in that game, as he was their leading scorer in the fourth quarter.
Pippen’s efforts lifted the Rockets to a 101-93 victory, which led to a huge turnaround for the team. Following the Rockets’ victory over the Blazers, they went on an eight-game winning streak, as their victory over Portland gave them confidence that they could play with the best in the West.
Pippen had an insane true shooting percentage of 70.5 percent and an effective field goal percentage of 63.6 percent, which is yet another example of how dominant he was that day. Interestingly enough, Pippen would join the Blazers in the offseason.
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