1994–95 Houston Rockets season

The 1994–95 NBA year was the Rockets’ 28th year from the National Basketball Association, also 24th year in Houston. [1] After winning their first championship, the Rockets went on to win their first nine matches of the season. However, with greater competition from the West, management felt that a change was needed to win another title. On February 14, the Rockets traded Otis Thorpe into the Portland Trail Blazers to get All-Star guard Clyde Drexler, a former teammate of Hakeem Olajuwon at the University of Houston. But following the trade, the Rockets struggled in the second half of the year posting a record of 17–18 on their way to finishing third in the Midwest Division with a 47–35 record. Olajuwon was selected for the 1995 NBA All-Star Game.
In the playoffs, the Rockets faced the 3rd-seeded Utah Jazz in the first round. The Jazz would take a 2–1 series guide, but the Rockets went on to win the series in five games. In the semifinals, they faced the Phoenix Suns for its 2nd consecutive year. The Rockets was able to defeat the 2nd-seeded Suns in seven games ahead of the Western Conference Finals. In Texas Western Conference, they faced the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs. The two teams lacked home court advantage in the series, just winning on the road before the Rockets won Game 6 in The Summit and advanced to the NBA Finals. In the event, they drifted the Orlando Magic in four straight games, and won their second consecutive championship. Following the year, 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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