1976–77 Houston Rockets season

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1976–77 Houston Rockets season
Division Champions
Head coach Tom Nissalke
Arena The Summit
Results
Record 49–33 (.598)
Place Division: 1st (Central)
Conference: 2nd (Eastern)
Playoff finish East Conference Finals
(eliminated 2–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
< 1975–76 1977–78 >

The 1976–77 NBA season was the Rockets' 10th season in the NBA and 6th season in the city of Houston.[1]

Offseason[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Main article: 1976 NBA draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 1 Lucas, JohnJohn Lucas (from Atlanta)[a] G  United States Maryland
2 27 Hicks, PhilPhil Hicks F  United States Tulane

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Houston Rockets 49 33 .598 34–7 15–26 13–7
x-Washington Bullets 48 34 .585 1 32–9 16–25 11–9
x-San Antonio Spurs 44 38 .537 5 31–10 13–28 9–11
x-Cleveland Cavaliers 43 39 .524 6 29-12 14-27 8–12
New Orleans Jazz 35 47 .427 14 26–15 9–32 10–10
Atlanta Hawks 31 51 .378 18 19–22 12–29 9–11
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Philadelphia 76ers 50 32 .610
2 y-Houston Rockets 49 33 .598 1
3 x-Washington Bullets 48 34 .585 2
4 x-Boston Celtics 44 38 .537 6
5 x-San Antonio Spurs 44 38 .537 6
6 x-Cleveland Cavaliers 43 39 .524 7
7 New York Knicks 40 42 .488 10
8 New Orleans Jazz 35 47 .427 15
9 Atlanta Hawks 31 51 .378 19
10 Buffalo Braves 30 52 .366 20
11 New York Nets 22 60 .268 28


z – clinched division title
y – clinched division title
x – clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1976–77 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS BUF CHI CLE DEN DET GSW HOU IND KCK LAL MIL NOJ NYK NYN PHI PHO POR SAS SEA WAS
Atlanta 0–4 4–0 2–2 2–2 2–2 0–4 0–4 1–3 0–4 1–2 2–2 2–2 1–3 1–3 3–1 1–3 0–4 3–1 4–0 1–2 1–3
Boston 4–0 3–1 2–2 1–3 3–1 2–2 1–3 2–2 1–2 3–1 2–1 3–1 2–2 2–2 3–1 1–3 2–2 1–3 4–0 2–2 0–4
Buffalo 0–4 1–3 1–3 2–2 2–2 3–1 0–3 1–3 1–3 0–3 1–3 3–1 3–1 1–3 2–2 2–2 3–1 1–3 0–4 3–1 0–4
Chicago 2–2 2–2 3–1 3–1 1–3 2–2 2–2 1–3 2–2 2–2 3–1 3–1 4–0 2–2 2–1 2–2 2–2 0–4 3–1 2–2 1–2
Cleveland 2–2 3–1 2–2 1–3 2–2 1–3 2–2 1–3 2–1 3–1 2–2 4–0 2–2 2–2 3–1 1–3 2–1 2–2 2–2 3–1 1–3
Denver 2–2 1–3 2–2 3–1 2–2 3–1 2–2 3–0 3–1 3–1 2–2 3–1 3–1 2–2 3–1 1–3 3–1 2–2 1–2 4–0 2–2
Detroit 4–0 2–2 1–3 2–2 3–1 1–3 3–1 2–2 2–2 4–0 1–3 3–1 3–1 1–2 3–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 1–2 1–3 1–3
Golden State 4–0 3–1 3–0 2–2 2–2 2–2 1–3 2–1 4–0 1–3 2–2 1–3 1–3 1–3 3–1 3–1 4–0 1–3 2–2 1–3 3–1
Houston 3–1 2–2 3–1 3–1 3–1 0–3 2–2 1–2 4–0 2–2 2–2 3–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 1–3 3–1 3–1 2–2 3–1 3–1
Indiana 4–0 2–1 3–1 2–2 1–2 1–3 2–2 0–4 0–4 2–2 1–3 2–2 2–2 2–2 4–0 2–2 2–2 0–4 2–2 2–2 0–4
Kansas City 2–1 1–3 3–0 2–2 1–3 1–3 0–4 3–1 2–2 2–2 1–3 2–2 2–2 4–0 4–0 1–3 3–1 2–2 1–3 1–3 2–2
Los Angeles 2–2 1–2 3–1 1–3 2–2 2–2 3–1 2–2 2–2 3–1 3–1 3–1 3–0 1–3 4–0 2–2 3–1 3–1 3–1 3–1 4–0
Milwaukee 2–2 1–3 1–3 1–3 0–4 1–3 1–3 3–1 1–3 2–2 2–2 1–3 1–2 1–3 3–1 1–2 1–3 2–2 3–1 1–3 1–3
New Orleans 3–1 2–2 1–3 0–4 2–2 1–3 1–3 3–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 0–3 2–1 3–1 2–2 0–4 3–1 2–2 1–3 1–3 2–2
N.Y. Knicks 3–1 2–2 3–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–1 3–1 2–2 2–2 0–4 3–1 3–1 1–3 2–2 1–3 2–2 1–3 1–3 1–2 2–2
N.Y. Nets 1–3 1–3 2–2 1–2 1–3 1–3 1–3 1–3 2–2 0–4 0–4 0–4 1–3 2–2 2–2 1–3 2–2 0–3 1–3 1–3 1–3
Philadelphia 3–1 3–1 2–2 2–2 3–1 3–1 2–2 1–3 3–1 2–2 3–1 2–2 2–1 4–0 3–1 3–1 1–2 2–2 1–3 2–2 3–1
Phoenix 4–0 2–2 1–3 2–2 1–2 1–3 2–2 0–4 1–3 2–2 1–3 1–3 3–1 1–3 2–2 2–2 2–1 1–3 1–3 3–1 1–3
Portland 1–3 3–1 3–1 4–0 2–2 2–2 2–2 3–1 1–3 4–0 2–2 1–3 2–2 2–2 3–1 3–0 2–2 3–1 2–2 3–1 1–2
San Antonio 0–4 0–4 4–0 1–3 2–2 2–1 2–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 3–1 1–3 1–3 3–1 3–1 3–1 3–1 3–1 2–2 3–1 2–2
Seattle 2–1 2–2 1–3 2–2 1–3 0–4 3–1 3–1 1–3 2–2 3–1 1–3 3–1 3–1 2–1 3–1 2–2 1–3 1–3 1–3 3–1
Washington 3–1 4–0 4–0 2–1 3–1 2–2 3–1 1–3 1–3 4–0 2–2 0–4 3–1 2–2 2–2 3–1 1–3 3–1 2–1 2–2 1–3

Game log[edit]

Date Opponent Result Score Record
Oct 21, 1976 @Atlanta Hawks W 120–104 1–0
Oct 23, 1976 vs.Phoenix Suns W 129–126 2–0
Oct 27, 1976 vs.Philadelphia 76ers L 94–116 2–1
Oct 30, 1976 Washington Bullets W 105–92 3–1
Nov 3, 1976 Boston Celtics W 117–111 OT 4–1
Nov 5, 1976 @New York Nets L 91–95 4–2
Nov 6, 1976 @Buffalo Braves L 102–117 4–3
Nov 9, 1976 @Chicago Bulls W 111–92 5–3
Nov 10, 1976 Seattle SuperSonics W 99–97 6–3
Nov 12, 1976 @Milwaukee Bucks L 99–111 6–4
Nov 13, 1976 New York Nets L 110–114 6–5
Nov 17, 1976 Buffalo Braves W 120–114 OT 7–5
Nov 20, 1976 Kansas City Kings W 127–126 OT 8–5
Nov 24, 1976 Golden State Warriors W 113–107 OT 9–5
Nov 25, 1976 @New Orleans Jazz W 105–99 10–5
Nov 27, 1976 San Antonio Spurs W 125–116 11–5
Dec 1, 1976 Detroit Pistons W 110–104 12–5
Dec 2, 1976 Milwaukee Bucks W 137–110 13–5
Dec 4, 1976 Indiana Pacers W 120–108 14–5
Dec 8, 1976 @Phoenix Suns L 95–116 14–6
Dec 10, 1976 @Los Angeles Lakers L 99–109 14–7
Dec 11, 1976 @Golden State Warriors L 112–124 14–8
Dec 12, 1976 @Seattle SuperSonics W 96–92 15–8
Dec 14, 1976 @Portland Trail Blazers L 84–104 15–9
Dec 16, 1976 Atlanta Hawks W 118–107 16–9
Dec 18, 1976 New Orleans Jazz L 106–110 16–10
Dec 22, 1976 Washington Bullets W 111–90 17–10
Dec 26, 1976 @Indiana Pacers W 93–79 18–10
Dec 28, 1976 @New York Knicks L 99–111 18–11
Dec 29, 1976 Philadelphia 76ers W 93–91 19–11
Jan 1, 1977 @Washington Bullets L 89–104 19–12
Jan 2, 1977 @Cleveland Cavaliers L 80–104 19–13
Jan 5, 1977 New York Knicks W 108–107 20–13
Jan 7, 1977 Denver Nuggets L 107–117 20–14
Jan 8, 1977 @Kansas City Kings L 94–106 20–15
Jan 11, 1977 @Boston Celtics L 101–105 20–16
Jan 12, 1977 @Philadelphia 76ers L 97–102 20–17
Jan 14, 1977 @Milwaukee Bucks W 111–84 21–17
Jan 15, 1977 Los Angeles Lakers W 122–116 22–17
Jan 18, 1977 Chicago Bulls W 103–85 23–17
Jan 19, 1977 Boston Celtics L 102–112 23–18
Jan 21, 1977 @Detroit Pistons L 86–109 23–19
Jan 22, 1977 Portland Trail Blazers W 110–107 24–19
Jan 27, 1977 Detroit Pistons W 114–107 25–19
Jan 28, 1977 Atlanta Hawks W 118–104 26–19
Jan 29, 1977 @Atlanta Hawks L 97–101 26–20
Feb 3, 1977 @New York Knicks L 90–108 26–21
Feb 5, 1977 New York Knicks W 105–103 27–21
Feb 6, 1977 @New Orleans Jazz L 90–99 27–22
Feb 8, 1977 Cleveland Cavaliers W 97–81 28–22
Feb 9, 1977 Chicago Bulls W 108–103 29–22
Feb 11, 1977 San Antonio Spurs L 104–107 29–23
Feb 16, 1977 Seattle SuperSonics W 124–95 30–23
Feb 17, 1977 @San Antonio Spurs W 113–99 31–23
Feb 19, 1977 @Kansas City Kings L 109–115 31–24
Feb 22, 1977 @Denver Nuggets L 106–118 31–25
Feb 24, 1977 @Phoenix Suns W 109–106 32–25
Feb 25, 1977 @Portland Trail Blazers W 123–106 33–25
Feb 27, 1977 @Los Angeles Lakers L 101–106 33–26
Mar 2, 1977 Los Angeles Lakers W 120–113 34–26
Mar 5, 1977 Milwaukee Bucks W 119–106 35–26
Mar 6, 1977 @New York Nets W 99–91 36–26
Mar 7, 1977 @Buffalo Braves W 128–107 37–26
Mar 9, 1977 Phoenix Suns W 105–100 38–26
Mar 11, 1977 @Indiana Pacers W 124–109 39–26
Mar 12, 1977 New Orleans Jazz W 120–104 40–26
Mar 16, 1977 New York Nets W 100–86 41–26
Mar 17, 1977 @Cleveland Cavaliers W 88–87 42–26
Mar 18, 1977 @Philadelphia 76ers L 104–124 42–27
Mar 19, 1977 Buffalo Braves W 110–104 43–27
Mar 22, 1977 Indiana Pacers W 106–99 44–27
Mar 23, 1977 Portland Trail Blazers W 109–104 45–27
Mar 24, 1977 @San Antonio Spurs L 112–118 45–28
Mar 26, 1977 Kansas City Kings W 107–97 46–28
Mar 27, 1977 @Detroit Pistons L 100–115 46–29
Mar 29, 1977 @Golden State Warriors L 92–109 46–30
Mar 30, 1977 @Seattle SuperSonics L 105–111 46–31
Apr 1, 1977 @Washington Bullets W 91–85 47–31
Apr 2, 1977 Cleveland Cavaliers W 106–93 48–31
Apr 6, 1977 @Boston Celtics W 104–93 49–31
Apr 8, 1977 @Chicago Bulls L 109–113 49–32
Apr 9, 1977 Denver Nuggets L 110–118 49–33

Playoffs[edit]

East First Round[edit]

The Rockets had a first round bye.

East Conference Semifinals[edit]

(2) Houston Rockets vs. (3) Washington Bullets: Rockets win series 4–2

  • Game 1 @ Houston: Washington 111, Houston 101
  • Game 2 @ Houston: Houston 124, Washington 118 (OT)
  • Game 3 @ Washington: Washington 93, Houston 90
  • Game 4 @ Washington: Houston 107, Washington 103
  • Game 5 @ Houston: Houston 123, Washington 115
  • Game 6 @ Washington: Houston 108, Washington 103

East Conference Finals[edit]

(1) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (2) Houston Rockets: 76ers win series 4–2

  • Game 1 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 128, Houston 117
  • Game 2 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 106, Houston 97
  • Game 3 @ Houston: Houston 118, Philadelphia 94
  • Game 4 @ Houston: Philadelphia 107, Houston 95
  • Game 5 @ Philadelphia: Houston 118, Philadelphia 115
  • Game 6 @ Houston: Philadelphia 112, Houston 109

Awards and records[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1976–77 Houston Rockets
  2. ^ "Dwight Jones Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 21, 2010.