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1994–95 Houston Rockets season

1994–95 Houston Rockets season

The 1994–95 NBA season was the Rockets’ 28th year from the National Basketball Association, and 24th year in Houston. [1] After winning their first tournament, the Rockets went on to win their first nine matches of this year. But with increased competition in the West, direction felt a change was required to win another title. On February 14, the Celtics traded Otis Thorpe into the Portland Trail Blazers for All-Star guard Clyde Drexler, a former teammate of Hakeem Olajuwon at the University of Houston. But following the transaction, the Rockets struggled in the second half of this season posting a record of 17–18 in their way to finishing third at the Midwest Division with a 47–35 record. Olajuwon was selected for the 1995 NBA All-Star Game.
In the playoffs, the Rockets confronted the 3rd-seeded Utah Jazz in the first round. The Jazz would take a two –1 series guide, however, the Rockets went on to win the series in five matches. In the semifinals, they confronted the Phoenix Suns for its 2nd consecutive year. The Rockets was able to defeat the Suns in seven games ahead of the Western Conference Finals. In the all Texas Western Conference, they confronted the San Antonio Spurs. The two teams lacked home court advantage in the series, only winning on the road until the Rockets won Game 6 in The Summit and advanced to the NBA Finals. In the Finals, they swept the Orlando Magic in four consecutive games, and won their second consecutive championship. Following the season, Vernon Maxwell signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia 76ers, and Tracy Murray left in the 1995 NBA Expansion Draft.

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