2004–05 Houston Rockets season

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2004–05 Houston Rockets season
Tracy McGrady's first season with the Rockets
Head coach Jeff Van Gundy
Arena Toyota Center
Results
Record 51–31 (.622)
Place Division: 3rd (Midwest)
Conference: 5th (Western)
Playoff finish West First Round
(eliminated 3-4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television FSN Southwest, KNWS
< 2003–04 2005–06 >

The 2004-05 NBA season was the Rockets' 38th season in the NBA and 34th season in the city of Houston.[1] The off-season was best remembered for acquiring All-Star Tracy McGrady from the Orlando Magic as well as Dikembe Mutombo from the Chicago Bulls, in whom he never played a game. With McGrady now teamed up with Yao Ming, the Rockets greatly improved, finishing the season with a 51-31 record. The Rockets made the playoffs for a second straight time, but their season ended once again in the first round, losing to their in-state rival, the Dallas Mavericks in seven games. McGrady and Yao were selected to play in the 2005 NBA All-Star Game at Denver.

Offseason[edit]

NBA Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club
2 55 Luis Flores (traded to Golden State) Guard  Dominican Republic Manhattan (Sr.)

Roster[edit]

Houston Rockets roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
F/C 42 United States Baker, Vin 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 232 lb (105 kg) Hartford
G 20 United States Barry, Jon 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Georgia Tech
G/F 40 United States Bowen, Ryan 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Iowa
F 32 United States Braggs, Torraye 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Xavier
F/C 5 United States Howard, Juwan 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Michigan
G 13 United States James, Mike 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 188 lb (85 kg) Duquesne
G/F 1 United States McGrady, Tracy 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Mt. Zion Christian Academy (HS)
C 55 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mutombo, Dikembe 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Georgetown
G 25 United States Norris, Moochie 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) West Florida
F 35 United States Padgett, Scott 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Kentucky
G 3 United States Sura, Bob 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Florida State
G 17 United States Ward, Charlie 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Florida State
PF 30 United States Weatherspoon, Clarence 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Southern Mississippi
G 7 United States Wesley, David 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Baylor
C 11 China Yao Ming 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m) 310 lb (141 kg) China
Head coach

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Roster

Regular season[edit]

Tracy McGrady: 13 points in 33 seconds[edit]

One notable game during the season was the Rockets' December 9 matchup against the San Antonio Spurs. In the fourth quarter, at 44 seconds left, the score was 76-68 and the Spurs had the lead. With 35 seconds remaining, Tracy McGrady made a three-pointer. Four seconds later, Devin Brown was fouled and made both of his free throws. With 24 seconds remaining, McGrady made another three-pointer. He was fouled by Tim Duncan when he shot the ball. He went to the free throw line and made a free throw, converting a four-point play. With 16 seconds remaining, Scott Padgett intentionally fouled Tim Duncan, and, because the Rockets were over the foul limit, Duncan went to the free throw line and made both of his free throws. Five seconds later, McGrady made yet another three-pointer, this time over Bruce Bowen. This left the Rockets in a two-point deficit. San Antonio took a timeout. At 7.9 seconds remaining, Brent Barry inbounded the ball to Devin Brown. McGrady stole the ball from Brown and ran to the three-point line, where he made another three-pointer, which would be the game-winning shot.[2] The performance is considered by some[3][4][5] to be one of McGrady's career highlights.

Season standings[edit]

Southwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-San Antonio Spurs 59 23 .720 38–3 21–20 10–6
x-Dallas Mavericks 58 24 .707 1 29–12 29–12 11–5
x-Houston Rockets 51 31 .622 8 26–15 25–16 10–6
x-Memphis Grizzlies 45 37 .549 14 26–15 19–22 7–9
New Orleans Hornets 18 64 .220 41 11–30 7–34 2–14
z - clinched division title
y - clinched division title
x - clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponents[edit]

2004-05 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS CHA CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MEM MIA MIL MIN NJN NOH NYK ORL PHI PHO POR SAC SAS SEA TOR UTA WAS
Atlanta 1–3 1–3 0–4 0–4 1–1 0–2 1–3 0–2 1–1 0–3 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–4 1–2 1–1 0–3 1–1 1–3 1–3 1–3 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–2 0–2 0–4
Boston 3–1 4–0 2–2 1–2 0–2 0–2 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–2 3–1 1–1 1–3 2–0 3–1 3–0 1–3 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–0 3–1 2–0 3–1
Charlotte 3–1 0–4 0–4 0–4 0–2 1–1 2–1 0–2 2–0 0–3 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–3 0–4 1–1 0–4 1–1 1–3 3–1 0–3 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–2 1–1 0–4
Chicago 4–0 2–2 4–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 2–2 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–3 2–2 2–0 0–4 1–1 4–0 3–0 2–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–0 2–0 1–2
Cleveland 4–0 2–1 4–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 0–2 1–3 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–3 2–2 1–1 1–3 2–0 1–3 3–1 0–3 1–1 2–0 0–2 0–2 0–2 3–1 2–0 1–2
Dallas 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 3–1 2–2 1–1 1–2 2–2 4–0 2–0 2–0 2–2 2–0 4–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–2 4–0 3–1 1–3 3–1 2–0 3–0 2–0
Denver 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 2–2 1–2 2–0 2–1 2–2 4–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–1 4–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–4 3–1 1–2 2–2 2–2 2–0 2–2 2–0
Detroit 3–1 3–1 1–2 2–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 2–0 2–0 0–2 2–1 2–2 1–1 2–1 2–0 3–0 3–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 4–0
Golden State 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–3 2–2 0–2 1–2 1–1 0–4 1–3 1–3 0–2 2–0 1–2 0–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 3–1 0–3 2–2 1–1 2–1 1–1
Houston 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–0 2–2 2–1 0–2 2–1 1–1 3–0 2–2 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 2–0 3–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 4–0 2–2 2–2 3–1 1–1 2–2 1–1
Indiana 3–0 2–1 3–0 2–2 3–1 1–1 0–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 3–1 2–2 2–0 2–2 1–1 2–2 1–3 0–4 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–1 2–0 2–2
L.A. Clippers 2–0 0–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–1 1–2 0–2 4–0 0–3 2–0 2–2 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–4 2–2 0–4 0–4 2–1 1–1 2–2 1–1
L.A. Lakers 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 0–2 3–1 2–2 1–1 2–2 0–3 0–2 2–0 2–1 1–1 3–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–4 2–1 1–3 0–4 1–3 1–1 1–3 0–2
Memphis 2–0 1–1 2–0 0–2 0–2 0–4 0–4 2–0 3–1 1–3 0–2 3–1 3–0 1–1 2–0 3–1 2–0 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 0–3 3–1 0–3 2–0 3–0 0–2
Miami 4–0 2–1 3–1 3–1 3–0 0–2 1–1 1–2 2–0 1–1 1–3 1–1 2–0 1–1 4–0 1–1 3–0 2–0 4–0 4–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 3–1 2–0 4–0
Milwaukee 2–1 1–3 4–0 2–2 2–2 0–2 0–2 2–2 0–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–4 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 0–4 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–3
Minnesota 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–2 2–2 1–1 2–1 2–1 0–2 3–1 1–2 1–3 1–1 1–1 2–0 4–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–3 4–0 3–1 1–2 1–3 0–2 3–1 1–1
New Jersey 3–0 3–1 4–0 4–0 3–1 0–2 1–1 1–2 2–0 0–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–3 1–2 0–2 2–0 3–1 1–3 3–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–2 2–0 1–3
New Orleans 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–4 0–4 0–2 2–2 1–3 1–1 1–3 0–3 1–3 0–2 1–1 0–4 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–4 2–1 1–2 0–4 0–3 0–2 2–2 1–1
New York 3–1 1–3 3–1 0–4 3–1 0–2 1–1 0–3 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–4 1–2 1–1 1–3 1–1 1–2 3–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–3 2–0 2–1
Orlando 3–1 0–3 1–3 0–3 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 0–2 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–4 1–2 1–1 3–1 2–0 2–1 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 2–2
Philadelphia 3–1 3–1 3–0 1–2 3–0 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 0–2 4–0 1–1 2–0 0–2 2–2 4–0 0–2 1–3 1–1 1–3 2–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 3–1 1–1 2–1
Phoenix 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–1 4–0 1–1 2–2 2–2 1–1 4–0 4–0 2–2 1–1 2–0 3–1 2–0 4–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 3–0 2–2 1–2 2–1 2–0 3–1 1–1
Portland 2–0 1–1 2–0 0–2 0–2 0–4 1–3 1–1 2–2 0–4 0–2 2–2 1–2 1–3 1–1 2–0 0–4 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–3 1–3 1–2 1–3 1–1 2–2 0–2
Sacramento 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–3 2–1 1–1 1–3 2–2 2–0 4–0 3–1 3–0 0–2 2–0 1–3 1–1 2–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 1–3 1–3 1–1 2–1 2–0
San Antonio 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 2–2 1–1 3–0 2–2 1–1 4–0 4–0 1–3 1–1 2–0 2–1 2–0 4–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–1 2–1 3–1 2–2 1–1 2–2 1–1
Seattle 2–0 0–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–3 2–2 1–1 2–2 1–3 2–0 1–2 3–1 3–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–0 3–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–2 3–1 3–1 2–2 2–0 3–1 0–2
Toronto 2–1 1–3 2–1 0–3 1–3 0–2 0–2 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–3 2–2 2–0 2–2 2–0 3–1 2–2 1–3 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–3
Utah 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–3 2–2 1–1 1–2 2–2 0–2 2–2 3–1 0–3 0–2 1–1 1–3 0–2 2–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–3 2–2 1–2 2–2 1–3 0–2 0–2
Washington 4–0 1–3 4–0 2–1 2–1 0–2 0–2 0–4 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 2–0 2–0 0–4 3–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–2 2–2 1–2 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–0 3–1 2–0

Game log[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

West First Round[edit]

(4) Dallas Mavericks vs. (5) Houston Rockets

April 23
4:30 pm
Houston Rockets 98, Dallas Mavericks 86
Scoring by quarter: 26–16, 26–24, 18–23, 28–23
Pts: Tracy McGrady 34
Rebs: Mutombo, Yao 8 each
Asts: Tracy McGrady 6
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 21
Rebs: Josh Howard 10
Asts: Nowitzki, Terry 3 each
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 20,678
Referees: Dan Crawford, James Capers, Ken Mauer
April 25
8:30 pm
Houston Rockets 113, Dallas Mavericks 111
Scoring by quarter: 34–30, 26–26, 24–32, 29–23
Pts: Yao Ming 33
Rebs: McGrady, Yao 8 each
Asts: Tracy McGrady 10
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 26
Rebs: Erick Dampier 9
Asts: Jason Terry 6
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 20,884
Referees: Dan Crawford, Greg Willard, Mark Wunderlich
April 28
8:30 pm
Dallas Mavericks 106, Houston Rockets 102
Scoring by quarter: 32–27, 22–22, 24–34, 28–19
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 28
Rebs: Dampier, Nowitzki, Terry 6 each
Asts: Daniels, Terry 4 each
Pts: Tracy McGrady 28
Rebs: Bob Sura 11
Asts: McGrady, Sura 6 each
Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 18,199
Referees: Bernie Fryer, Jess Kersey, Scott Foster
April 30
4:30 pm
Dallas Mavericks 97, Houston Rockets 93
Scoring by quarter: 26–22, 22–29, 29–26, 20–16
Pts: Jason Terry 32
Rebs: Dirk Nowitzki 7
Asts: Dirk Nowitzki 6
Pts: Tracy McGrady 36
Rebs: Dikembe Mutombo 7
Asts: Tracy McGrady 5
Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 18,211
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Jim Clark, Luis Grillo
May 2
7:00 pm
Houston Rockets 100, Dallas Mavericks 103
Scoring by quarter: 22–24, 22–28, 24–24, 32–27
Pts: Yao Ming 30
Rebs: Tracy McGrady 9
Asts: Tracy McGrady 6
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 23
Rebs: Dirk Nowitzki 13
Asts: Jason Terry 7
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 20,894
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Joe DeRosa ,Tony Brothers
May 5
8:30 pm
Dallas Mavericks 83, Houston Rockets 101
Scoring by quarter: 26–18, 19–34, 25–17, 13–32
Pts: Jerry Stackhouse 21
Rebs: Dirk Nowitzki 13
Asts: Nowitzki, Terry 4 each
Pts: Tracy McGrady 37
Rebs: Dikembe Mutombo 10
Asts: Tracy McGrady 7
Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 18,215
Referees: Eddie F. Rush, Joe Forte, Sean Corbin
May 7
7:00 pm
Houston Rockets 76, Dallas Mavericks 116
Scoring by quarter: 20–32, 24–27, 20–33, 12–24
Pts: Yao Ming 33
Rebs: Yao Ming 10
Asts: Tracy McGrady 7
Pts: Jason Terry 31
Rebs: Dirk Nowitzki 14
Asts: Armstrong Stackhouse 4 each
Dallas wins the series, 4–3
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 20,884
Referees: Bill Spooner, Ron Garretson, Steve Javie
Regular season series

Both teams were tied 2–2 in the regular-season series:

December 2, 2004
Houston Rockets 106, Dallas Mavericks 113 (OT)
December 11, 2004
Dallas Mavericks 102, Houston Rockets 78
January 12, 2005
Houston Rockets 124, Dallas Mavericks 114
March 6, 2005
Dallas Mavericks 69, Houston Rockets 90

Last Playoffs meeting: 1988 Western Conference First Round (Dallas won 3–1)

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

Season[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

References[edit]

See also[edit]