1994–95 Houston Rockets season

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1994–95 Houston Rockets season
Second NBA Championship
Head coach Rudy Tomjanovich
Owner(s) Leslie Alexander
Arena The Summit (Houston)
Results
Record 47–35 (.573)
Place Division: 3rd (Midwest)
Conference: 6th (Western)
Playoff finish NBA Champions

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
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The 1994-95 NBA season was the Rockets' 28th season in the NBA, and 24th season in Houston.[1] On February 14, 1995, the Rockets acquired All-Star Clyde Drexler from the Portland Trail Blazers. Houston finished third in the Midwest Division with a 47-35 record.

In the playoffs, the Rockets defeated the third-seeded Utah Jazz in the first round, then defeated the second-seeded Phoenix Suns in the semifinals, and defeated the first-seeded San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. In the NBA Finals, the Rockets would sweep the Orlando Magic, and win their second consecutive championship.

Offseason[edit]

NBA Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
2 53 Albert Burditt Forward  United States Texas

Roster[edit]

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Hakeem Olajuwon Charles Jones Žan Tabak
PF Robert Horry Pete Chilcutt
SF Clyde Drexler Chucky Brown Carl Herrera Tim Breaux
Tracy Murray
SG Mario Elie Vernon Maxwell
PG Kenny Smith Sam Cassell

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Midwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-San Antonio Spurs 62 20 .756 33–8 29–12 20–6
x-Utah Jazz 60 22 .732 2 33–8 27–14 17–9
x-Houston Rockets 47 35 .573 15 25–16 22–19 13–13
x-Denver Nuggets 41 41 .500 21 23–18 18–23 13–13
Dallas Mavericks 36 46 .439 26 19–22 17–24 11–15
Minnesota Timberwolves 21 61 .256 41 13–28 8–33 4–22

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Player stats[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
Tim Breaux 42 2 8.1 .372 .240 .653 .8 .4 .26 .10 3.0
Scott Brooks 28 0 6.6 .538 .471 .857 .5 .8 .29 .04 3.4
Chucky Brown 41 14 19.9 .603 .333 .613 4.6 .7 .27 .34 6.1
Adrian Caldwell 7 0 4.3 .250 .000 .500 1.4 .0 .14 .00 .7
Sam Cassell 82 1 23.0 .427 .330 .843 2.6 4.9 1.15 .17 9.5
Pete Chilcutt 68 17 19.8 .445 .407 .738 4.7 1.0 .37 .63 5.3
Clyde Drexler 35 34 37.1 .506 .357 .809 7.0 4.4 1.77 .66 21.4
Mario Elie 81 13 23.4 .499 .398 .842 2.4 2.3 .80 .15 8.8
Carl Herrera 61 26 21.8 .523 .000 .624 4.6 .7 .66 .62 6.8
Robert Horry 64 61 32.4 .447 .379 .761 5.1 3.4 1.47 1.19 10.2
Charles Jones 3 0 12.0 .333 .000 .500 2.3 .0 .00 .33 1.0
Vernon Maxwell 64 54 31.8 .394 .324 .688 2.6 4.3 1.17 .20 13.3
Tracy Murray 25 0 8.1 .400 .422 .625 .9 .2 .28 .12 3.5
Hakeem Olajuwon 72 72 39.6 .517 .188 .756 10.8 3.5 1.85 3.36 27.8
Kenny Smith 81 81 25.1 .484 .429 .851 1.9 4.0 .88 .12 10.4
Žan Tabak 37 0 4.9 .453 .000 .614 1.5 .1 .05 .19 2.0
Otis Thorpe 36 35 33.0 .563 .000 .528 8.9 1.6 .61 .36 13.3

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Chucky Brown 21 0 15.5 .447 .500 .676 3.1 .3 .43 .10 4.5
Sam Cassell 22 0 22.0 .438 .400 .835 1.9 4.0 .95 .09 11.0
Pete Chilcutt 20 0 16.2 .484 .389 .824 2.9 .9 .35 .20 4.5
Clyde Drexler 22 22 38.6 .481 .303 .786 7.0 5.0 1.50 .68 20.5
Mario Elie 22 22 28.9 .504 .431 .795 2.8 2.5 .95 .05 9.1
Carl Herrera 1 0 6.0 1.000 .000 .000 .0 1.0 .00 .00 2.0
Robert Horry 22 22 38.2 .445 .400 .744 7.0 3.5 1.45 1.18 13.1
Charles Jones 19 0 12.5 .385 .000 .333 2.3 .0 .21 .53 .7
Vernon Maxwell 1 0 16.0 .143 .000 1.000 3.0 1.0 .00 .00 3.0
Hakeem Olajuwon 22 22 42.2 .531 .500 .681 10.3 4.5 1.18 2.82 33.0
Kenny Smith 22 22 29.6 .438 .442 .900 2.2 4.5 .64 .14 10.8
Žan Tabak 8 0 3.9 .400 .000 1.000 .1 .1 .12 .38 .8

Playoffs[edit]

West First Round[edit]

(3) Utah Jazz vs. (6) Houston Rockets: Rockets win series 3-2

  • Game 1 @ Delta Center, Salt Lake City (April 27): Utah 102, Houston 100
  • Game 2 @ Delta Center, Salt Lake City (April 29): Houston 140, Utah 126
  • Game 3 @ The Summit, Houston (May 3): Utah 95, Houston 82
  • Game 4 @ The Summit, Houston (May 5): Houston 123, Utah 106
  • Game 5 @ Delta Center, Salt Lake City (May 7): Houston 95, Utah 91

Last Playoff Meeting: 1994 Western Conference Finals (Houston won 4-1)

West Conference Semifinals[edit]

(2) Phoenix Suns vs. (6) Houston Rockets: Rockets win series 4-3

Last Playoff Meeting: 1994 Western Conference Semifinals (Houston won 4-3)

West Conference Finals[edit]

(1) San Antonio Spurs vs. (6) Houston Rockets: Rockets win series 4-2

  • Game 1 @ Alamodome, San Antonio (May 22): Houston 94, San Antonio 93
  • Game 2 @ Alamodome, San Antonio (May 24): Houston 106, San Antonio 96
  • Game 3 @ The Summit, Houston (May 26): San Antonio 107, Houston 102
  • Game 4 @ The Summit, Houston (May 28): San Antonio 103, Houston 81
  • Game 5 @ Alamodome, San Antonio (May 30): Houston 111, San Antonio 90
  • Game 6 @ The Summit, Houston (June 1): Houston 100, San Antonio 95

Last Playoff Meeting: 1981 Western Conference Semifinals (Houston won 4-3)

NBA finals[edit]

1995 NBA Finals Roster[edit]

Head Coach: Rudy Tomjanovich
Hakeem Olajuwon | Clyde Drexler | Kenny Smith | Robert Horry | Sam Cassell | Mario Elie | Carl Herrera | Vernon Maxwell | Chucky Brown | Pete Chilcutt | Tracy Murray | Tim Breaux | Zan Tabak | Charles Jones | Adrian Caldwell |

Olajuwon vs. O'Neal[edit]

Although both centers played well, Olajuwon is generally considered to have outplayed O'Neal. Olajuwon outscored O'Neal in every game of the series and became one of the few players in NBA history to score at least 30 points in every game of an NBA Finals series:[3][4]

1995 NBA Finals Gm 1 Gm 2 Gm 3 Gm 4 Totals
Hakeem Olajuwon 31 34 31 35 32.8 ppg
Shaquille O'Neal 26 33 28 25 28.0 ppg

By winning his second straight NBA Finals MVP award, Hakeem Olajuwon became the sixth player to win the award on multiple occasions, joining Willis Reed, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Michael Jordan. Jordan and Olajuwon at the time were the only players to win the award consecutively. Later, O'Neal himself would go on to win the award in three consecutive seasons with the Lakers (2000–02), as Kobe Bryant and LeBron James would later on join the list as well.

Series Summary[edit]

Game Date Home Team Result Road Team
Game 1 June 7 Orlando 118-120 Houston
Game 2 June 9 Orlando 106-117 Houston
Game 3 June 11 Houston 106-103 Orlando
Game 4 June 14 Houston 113-101 Orlando

Rockets win series 4-0

Award winners[edit]

  • Hakeem Olajuwon – NBA Finals Most Valuable Player
  • Hakeem Olajuwon – All-NBA Third Team

NBA All-Star Game[edit]

References[edit]