1993–94 Houston Rockets season

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1993–94 Houston Rockets season
First NBA championship
Head coach Rudy Tomjanovich
Owner(s) Leslie Alexander
Arena The Summit (Houston)
Results
Record 58–24 (.707)
Place Division: 1st (Midwest)
Conference: 2nd (Western)
Playoff finish NBA Champions

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
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The 1993–94 NBA season was the Houston Rockets' 27th season in the NBA and their 23rd season in Houston.[1] The Rockets went off to a great start, winning their first fifteen games to tie the 1948–49 Washington Capitols for the best unbeaten record to open a season.[2] After losing to Atlanta, the Rockets won the next seven games as well, falling just one victory shy of tying the 1969–70 Knicks (23–1) for the best record with one defeat in NBA history.[3] However, the Rockets would cool off as the season progressed, at one point losing four games in a row. Still, they finished first in the Midwest Division with a 58–24 record.

Hakeem Olajuwon won the league's Most Valuable Player award, ahead of David Robinson of the San Antonio Spurs and Scottie Pippen of the Chicago Bulls.[4] Anchoring one of the league's best defenses, Olajuwon also the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award for the second consecutive year, also beating out Robinson by a narrow 23 to 22 votes.

In the playoffs, the Rockets defeated the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round, then defeated the Phoenix Suns in the semifinals and the Utah Jazz in the Western Conference Finals. In the 1994 NBA Finals, they defeated the New York Knicks in seven games, and won their first championship in franchise history. It was the Rockets' third NBA finals appearance, after 1981 and 1986. Olajuwon was the only player of the 1985–86 Rockets to still be on the 1993–94 team.

Offseason[edit]

NBA draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School or club team
1 24 Sam Cassell Guard  United States Florida State
2 46 Richard Petruska Center  United States UCLA
2 50 Marcelo Nicola Forward  Argentina Taugres (Spain)

Roster[edit]

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Hakeem Olajuwon Richard Petruška
Eric Riley
PF Otis Thorpe Matt Bullard Earl Cureton
SF Robert Horry Carl Herrera Chris Jent
SG Vernon Maxwell Mario Elie Larry Robinson
PG Kenny Smith Sam Cassell Scott Brooks

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Midwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Houston Rockets 58 24 .707 35–6 23–18 15–11
x-San Antonio Spurs 55 27 .671 3 32–9 23–18 16–10
x-Utah Jazz 53 29 .646 5 33–8 20–21 21–5
x- Denver Nuggets 42 40 .512 16 28–13 14–27 14–12
Minnesota Timberwolves 20 62 .244 38 13–28 7–34 5–21
Dallas Mavericks 13 69 .159 45 6–35 7–34 7–19


Game log[edit]

Player statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game

Regular season[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Scott Brooks 73 0 16.8 .491 .377 .871 1.4 2.0 .70 .03 5.2
Matt Bullard 65 0 11.2 .345 .325 .769 1.3 1.0 .22 .09 3.5
Sam Cassell 66 6 17.0 .418 .295 .841 2.0 2.9 .89 .11 6.7
Earl Cureton 2 0 15.0 .250 .000 .000 6.0 .0 .00 .00 2.0
Mario Elie 67 8 24.0 .446 .335 .860 2.7 3.1 .75 .12 9.3
Carl Herrera 75 0 17.2 .458 .000 .711 3.8 .5 .43 .35 4.7
Robert Horry 81 81 29.3 .459 .324 .732 5.4 2.9 1.47 .93 9.9
Chris Jent 3 0 26.0 .500 .364 .500 5.0 2.3 .00 .00 10.3
Vernon Maxwell 75 73 34.3 .389 .298 .749 3.1 5.1 1.67 .27 13.6
Hakeem Olajuwon 80 80 41.0 .528 .421 .716 11.9 3.6 1.60 3.71 27.3
Richard Petruška 22 0 4.2 .435 .467 .750 1.4 .0 .09 .14 2.4
Eric Riley 47 2 4.7 .486 .000 .541 1.3 .2 .11 .19 1.9
Larry Robinson 6 0 9.2 .500 .250 .375 1.7 1.0 1.17 .00 4.2
Kenny Smith 78 78 28.3 .480 .405 .871 1.8 4.2 .76 .05 11.6
Otis Thorpe 82 82 35.5 .561 .000 .657 10.6 2.3 .80 .34 14.0

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Scott Brooks 5 0 4.6 .833 1.000 .000 .4 .6 .00 .00 2.2
Matt Bullard 10 0 5.5 .211 .200 .750 1.0 .0 .10 .20 1.6
Sam Cassell 22 0 21.7 .394 .378 .865 2.7 4.2 .95 .23 9.4
Earl Cureton 10 0 10.0 .800 .000 1.000 2.9 .2 .10 .20 1.8
Mario Elie 23 0 16.6 .396 .313 .851 1.7 1.7 .35 .13 5.8
Carl Herrera 16 0 15.5 .534 .000 .813 2.8 .2 .31 .19 4.7
Robert Horry 23 23 33.8 .434 .382 .765 6.1 3.6 1.52 .87 11.7
Chris Jent 11 0 5.6 .250 .231 .000 .8 .6 .18 .00 1.2
Vernon Maxwell 23 23 38.3 .376 .326 .685 3.5 4.2 .87 .09 13.8
Hakeem Olajuwon 23 23 43.0 .519 .500 .795 11.0 4.3 1.74 4.00 28.9
Kenny Smith 23 23 30.3 .455 .447 .808 2.3 4.1 .96 .17 10.8
Otis Thorpe 23 23 37.1 .572 .500 .567 9.9 2.3 .57 .43 11.3

Playoffs[edit]

Western Conference first round[edit]

(2) Houston Rockets vs. (7) Portland Trail Blazers: Rockets win series 3–1

  • Game 1 @ The Summit, Houston (April 29): Houston 115, Portland 104
  • Game 2 @ The Summit, Houston (May 1): Houston 114, Portland 104
  • Game 3 @ Memorial Coliseum, Portland (May 3): Portland 118, Houston 115
  • Game 4 @ Memorial Coliseum, Portland (May 6): Houston 92, Portland 89

Last playoff meeting: 1987 Western Conference First Round (Houston won 3–1)

West Conference Semifinals[edit]

(2) Houston Rockets vs. (3) Phoenix Suns: Rockets win series 4–3

  • Game 1 @ The Summit, Houston (May 8): Phoenix 91, Houston 87
  • Game 2 @ The Summit, Houston (May 11): Phoenix 124, Houston 117 (OT)
  • Game 3 @ America West Arena, Phoenix (May 13): Houston 118, Phoenix 102
  • Game 4 @ America West Arena, Phoenix (May 15): Houston 107, Phoenix 96
  • Game 5 @ The Summit, Houston (May 17): Houston 109, Phoenix 86
  • Game 6 @ America West Arena, Phoenix (May 19): Phoenix 103, Houston 89
  • Game 7 @ The Summit, Houston (May 21): Houston 104, Phoenix 94

Last playoff meeting: This was the first meeting between the Rockets and Suns.

West Conference Finals[edit]

(2) Houston Rockets vs. (5) Utah Jazz: Rockets win series 4–1

  • Game 1 @ The Summit, Houston (May 23): Houston 100, Utah 88
  • Game 2 @ The Summit, Houston (May 25): Houston 104, Utah 99
  • Game 3 @ Delta Center, Salt Lake City (May 27): Utah 95, Houston 86
  • Game 4 @ Delta Center, Salt Lake City (May 29): Houston 80, Utah 78
  • Game 5 @ The Summit, Houston (May 31): Houston 94, Utah 83

Last playoff meeting: 1985 Western Conference first round (Utah won 3–2)

NBA finals[edit]

1994 NBA Finals roster[edit]

Head Coach: Rudy Tomjanovich
Hakeem Olajuwon | Otis Thorpe | Vernon Maxwell | Robert Horry | Mario Elie | Sam Cassell | Chris Jent | Carl Herrera | Scott Brooks | Larry Robinson | Matt Bullard | Richard Petruska | Earl Cureton | Eric Riley | Kenny Smith |

Series summary[edit]

Game Date Home team Result Road team
Game 1 June 8 Houston 85–78 New York
Game 2 June 10 Houston 83–91 New York
Game 3 June 12 New York 89–93 Houston
Game 4 June 15 New York 91–82 Houston
Game 5 June 17 New York 91–84 Houston
Game 6 June 19 Houston 86–84 New York
Game 7 June 22 Houston 90–84 New York

Rockets win series 4–3

Interruption of Game 5 telecast by O. J. Simpson car chase[edit]

During Game 5 (June 17, 1994), most NBC affiliates (with the noted exception being WNBC-TV out of New York City) split the coverage of the game between NFL Hall of Famer O. J. Simpson's slow-speed freeway chase with the LAPD. At the time, Simpson had been an NFL analyst on NBC. A visibly confused and distraught Bob Costas (NBC's anchor for their NBA Finals coverage) said during the telecast from Madison Square Garden that the Simpson situation was "not just tragic but now surreal".

Award winners[edit]

NBA All-Star Game[edit]

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