1994–95 Houston Rockets season

The 1994–95 NBA year was the Rockets’ 28th year in the National Basketball Association, also 24th season in Houston. [1] After winning their first championship, the Rockets went on to win their first nine games of the season. But with greater competition from the West, direction felt a change was needed to win another name. On February 14, the Rockets traded Otis Thorpe to the Portland Trail Blazers for All-Star guard Clyde Drexler, a former teammate of Hakeem Olajuwon at the University of Houston. However, after the transaction, the Rockets struggled in the second half of the season posting a record of 17–18 on their way to finishing third at the Midwest Division with a 47–35 record. Olajuwon was selected for the 1995 NBA All-Star Game.
In the playoffs, the Rockets faced the 3rd-seeded Utah Jazz in the first round. The Jazz would require a 2–1 series guide, but the Rockets went on to win the series in five games. In the semifinals, they faced the Phoenix Suns for its 2nd consecutive year. The Rockets managed to defeat the Suns in seven matches to advance to the Western Conference Finals. In the Texas Western Conference, they faced the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs. Both teams lacked home court advantage in the show, only winning on the road until the Rockets won Game 6 at The Summit and advanced to the NBA Finals. From the Finals, they drifted the Orlando Magic in four consecutive matches, and won their second consecutive championship. Following the year, Vernon Maxwell signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia 76ers, and Tracy Murray left at the 1995 NBA Expansion Draft.

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