Rockets: Flashback to Robert Horry outplaying Horace Grant in the Finals

Robert Horry (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)
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Game 4

Even with their backs all the way against the wall, the Orlando Magic just simply didn’t have enough to compete with the Rockets in 1995. Hakeem was unstoppable all series long, and his supporting cast was firing on all cylinders throughout.

For the fourth time in as many games, Robert Horry once again outplayed Horace Grant with a padded stat-line of 21 points, 13 rebounds and five assists.

Horace Grant ended Game 4 with 11 points and 12 rebounds in 41 minutes of work. Of course, the Rockets went on to win 113-101 to complete the sweep of the Orlando Magic to win their second title in a row.

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All in all, Horry was the only Rocket other than Hakeem Olajuwon to average a double-double in the series — scoring 17.8 points to go along with 10.0 rebounds per game.

His three steals per game also led all players in the series and his 2.3 blocks were the most on the Rockets, even over The Dream.

Grant, meanwhile, finished with averages of 13.5 points, 12 rebounds and 0.5 blocks per game. While he still stepped up his game from his career averages, the difference is Horry stepped his up much more.

It’s easy to get offensively hot in any given series, as Horry did in the 1995 Finals.

What’s most impressive, though, is how defensively dominant he was on a court that had the likes of Shaquille O’Neal, Anfernee Hardaway and Horace Grant on the other end.

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Robert Horry ended his tremendous career with seven NBA titles. Of course, showing up big in huge moments time and time again will do that.