2002–03 Houston Rockets season

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2002–03 Houston Rockets season
Yao Ming's rookie season
Head coach Rudy Tomjanovich
Arena Compaq Center
Results
Record 43–39 (.524)
Place Division: 5th (Midwest)
Conference: 9th
Playoff finish Did Not Qualify

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
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The 2002–03 Houston Rockets season, the team's last at Compaq Center, saw the Rockets draft Yao Ming. This season was also head coach Rudy Tomjanovich's last as he would step down following the season due to health issues. With Yao teamed up with captain Steve Francis, they gelled their first season together, being named as starters for the 2003 NBA All-Star Game. On January 17, 2003, Francis gained national media attention, scoring a career-high 44 points in a home game against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Rockets would go on to finish the season with a 43-39 record without clinching a playoff spot.

Offseason[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 1 Yao Ming (C)  China Shanghai Sharks (China)
1 15 Boštjan Nachbar (from Toronto) (SF)  Slovenia Benetton Treviso (Italy)
2 37 Tito Maddox (PG)  United States Fresno State So.

Roster[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Midwest Division
Team W L PCT GB
San Antonio Spurs 60 22 .732 -
Dallas Mavericks 60 22 .732 -
Minnesota Timberwolves 51 31 .622 9
Utah Jazz 47 35 .573 13
Houston Rockets 43 39 .524 17
Memphis Grizzlies 28 54 .341 32
Denver Nuggets 17 65 .207 43

Game log[edit]

Game Date Opponent Result Rockets score Opponents Record Streak OT
1 October 30 @ Indiana Loss 82 91 0-1 Lost 1
2 November 1 @ Denver Win 83 74 1-1 Won 1
3 November 2 Toronto Win 88 76 2-1 Won 2
4 November 5 Seattle Loss 97 104 2-2 Lost 1
5 November 9 Golden State Win 111 104 3-2 Won 1
6 November 12 Portland Win 86 83 4-2 Won 2
7 November 15 @ Phoenix Loss 87 88 4-3 Lost 1
8 November 17 @ LA Lakers Win 93 89 5-3 Won 1
9 November 19 Cleveland Win 97 80 6-3 Won 2
10 November 21 @ Dallas Loss 90 103 6-4 Lost 1
11 November 22 Washington Win 93 86 7-4 Won 1
12 November 24 @ LA Clippers Loss 89 90 7-5 Lost 1
13 November 26 @ Portland Loss 71 77 7-6 Lost 2
14 November 27 @ Golden State Win 91 84 8-6 Won 1
15 November 29 @ Seattle Win 83 72 9-6 Won 2
16 December 1 @ Sacramento Loss 84 103 9-7 Lost 1
17 December 3 San Antonio Win 89 75 10-7 Won 1
18 December 6 @ New Orleans Loss 96 98 10-8 Lost 1 OT
19 December 7 Philadelphia Win 97 72 11-8 Won 1
20 December 10 Sacramento Win 103 96 12-8 Won 2
21 December 13 @ Memphis Loss 109 114 12-9 Lost 1 OT
22 December 14 LA Clippers Loss 83 94 12-10 Lost 2
23 December 16 @ Miami Win 105 100 13-10 Won 1 OT
24 December 18 Indiana Win 95 83 14-10 Won 2
25 December 20 Atlanta Win 101 82 15-10 Won 3
26 December 21 @ Minnesota Loss 86 98 15-11 Lost 1
27 December 23 Utah Loss 91 96 15-12 Lost 2
28 December 27 New York Loss 83 99 15-13 Lost 3
29 December 29 New Orleans Win 97 85 16-13 Won 1
30 December 31 Milwaukee Win 103 80 17-13 Won 2
31 January 4 Golden State Loss 84 86 17-14 Lost 1
32 January 7 Minnesota Win 94 86 18-14 Won 1
33 January 8 @ Orlando Win 91 81 19-14 Won 2
34 January 10 @ Atlanta Loss 75 84 19-15 Lost 1
35 January 11 Denver Win 87 85 20-15 Won 1
36 January 13 Boston Win 101 92 21-15 Won 2
37 January 15 Phoenix Win 102 96 22-15 Won 3
38 January 17 LA Lakers Win 108 104 23-15 Won 4 OT
39 January 20 @ San Antonio Loss 82 87 23-16 Lost 1
40 January 21 @ Dallas Loss 86 107 23-17 Lost 2
41 January 24 Detroit Loss 74 98 23-18 Lost 3
42 January 26 @ Chicago Loss 98 100 23-19 Lost 4
43 January 27 @ Memphis Win 100 95 24-19 Won 1
44 January 29 Dallas Loss 81 104 24-20 Lost 1
45 January 31 Minnesota Win 121 101 25-20 Won 1
46 February 2 Sacramento Win 105 89 26-20 Won 2
47 February 4 @ Minnesota Loss 89 103 26-21 Lost 1
48 February 5 @ Cleveland Loss 102 105 26-22 Lost 2
49 February 11 Utah Loss 101 103 26-23 Lost 3 OT
50 February 12 @ Utah Win 106 76 27-23 Won 1
51 February 14 Miami Loss 82 94 27-24 Lost 1
52 February 18 @ LA Lakers Loss 99 106 27-25 Lost 2 2OT
53 February 19 @ Phoenix Win 107 89 28-25 Won 1
54 February 21 Dallas Loss 85 100 28-26 Lost 1
55 February 22 Memphis Win 93 82 29-26 Won 1
56 February 24 @ Boston Win 101 95 30-26 Won 2 OT
57 February 25 @ New York Loss 95 102 30-27 Lost 1
58 February 27 @ Washington Loss 98 100 30-28 Lost 2 OT
59 March 2 San Antonio Loss 88 97 30-29 Lost 3
60 March 4 @ Detroit Loss 83 96 30-30 Lost 4
61 March 5 @ Toronto Win 97 95 31-30 Won 1
62 March 8 New Jersey Win 83 71 32-30 Won 2
63 March 12 LA Clippers Win 118 114 33-30 Won 3 OT
64 March 14 Chicago Win 121 91 34-30 Won 4
65 March 16 Phoenix Win 85 75 35-30 Won 5
66 March 18 @ Seattle Loss 94 100 35-31 Lost 1
67 March 19 @ Portland Loss 83 94 35-32 Lost 2
68 March 21 @ Golden State Win 117 107 36-32 Won 1
69 March 23 @ Sacramento Loss 108 109 36-33 Lost 1
70 March 24 @ LA Clippers Win 108 90 37-33 Won 1
71 March 26 LA Lakers Loss 93 96 37-34 Lost 1
72 March 27 @ San Antonio Loss 85 98 37-35 Lost 2
73 March 29 Denver Win 102 89 38-35 Won 1
74 March 31 @ New Jersey Loss 86 110 38-36 Lost 1
75 April 2 @ Milwaukee Loss 99 106 38-37 Lost 2
76 April 4 @ Philadelphia Win 88 79 39-37 Won 1
77 April 6 Orlando Win 114 93 40-37 Won 2
78 April 8 Portland Loss 66 81 40-38 Lost 1
79 April 9 @ Utah Loss 73 94 40-39 Lost 2
80 April 12 Seattle Win 101 86 41-39 Won 1
81 April 15 Memphis Win 97 86 42-39 Won 2
82 April 16 @ Denver Win 89 84 43-39 Won 3

Player statistics[edit]

Legend[edit]

Season[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

Records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

Free Agents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]