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 matches of this year. However, with increased competition from the West, direction felt that a change was required to win another title. On February 14, the Celtics 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, following the trade, the Rockets fought in the second half of this season posting a list of 17–18 on their way to finishing third in 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 take a two –1 series guide, however, the Rockets went on to win the series in five games. In the semifinals, they faced the Phoenix Suns for the 2nd consecutive year. The Rockets managed to conquer the 2nd-seeded Suns in seven matches to advance to the Western Conference Finals. In the Texas Western Conference, they faced the San Antonio Spurs. The two teams lacked home court advantage in the show, only winning on the street before the Rockets won Game 6 in The Summit and advanced to the NBA Finals. In the event, they swept the Orlando Magic in four consecutive matches, and won their second successive championship. Following the season, Vernon Maxwell signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia 76ers, and Tracy Murray left in the 1995 NBA Expansion Draft.

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