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1980–81 Houston Rockets season
Head coach Del Harris
Arena The Summit
Results
Record 40–42 (.488)
Place Division: 2nd (Midwest)
Conference: 5th (Western)
Playoff finish Lost NBA Finals
Houston Rockets seasons
< 1979–80 1981–82 >

The 1980-81 Houston Rockets season saw the Rockets lose the NBA Finals.

Contents:
OffseasonDraft picksRosterRegular season (StandingsGame log)
PlayoffsPlayer statsAwards and recordsTransactionsReferencesSee also

Offseason

Draft picks

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
2 27 John Stroud  United States Mississippi

[1]

Roster

Regular season

In the 1980-81 season, after the newly-established Dallas Mavericks became the third NBA team in Texas,[2] the NBA restructured the conferences and sent the Rockets, who had previously played in the Eastern Conference, to the Midwest Division of the Western Conference. In Harris's second season, Houston tied with Kansas City for second place in the Midwest Division behind San Antonio with a 40-42 record, and qualified for the playoffs with just one game left.[3] During the season, Murphy set two NBA records, by sinking 78 consecutive free throws to break Rick Barry's mark of 60 set in 1976, and achieving a free-throw percentage of .958, breaking Barry's record set with the Rockets in 1979.[4]

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Season standings

Midwest Division
Team W L PCT. GB
San Antonio Spurs 52 30 .634 -
Houston Rockets 40 42 .488 12
Kansas City Kings 40 42 .488 12
Denver Nuggets 37 45 .451 15
Utah Jazz 28 54 .341 24
Dallas Mavericks 15 67 .183 37

[5]

Game log

Playoffs

  • Won NBA Western Conference Finals: vs. Kansas City Kings (4-1)
  • Won NBA Western Conference Semifinals: vs. San Antonio Spurs (4-3)
  • Won NBA Western Conference First Round: vs. Los Angeles Lakers (2-1)

NBA Finals

Game Date Home Team Away Team Score
1 May 5 Boston Celtics Houston Rockets 98-95
2 May 7 Boston Celtics Houston Rockets 90-92
3 May 9 Houston Rockets Boston Celtics 71-94
4 May 10 Houston Rockets Boston Celtics 91-86
5 May 12 Boston Celtics Houston Rockets 109-80
6 May 14 Houston Rockets Boston Celtics 91-102
  • Boston Celtics win series in 6 games (4-2)

Player statistics

Legend

Season

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Moses Malone 80 40.6 1.9 27.8
Calvin Murphy 76 26.5 0.1 16.7
Robert Reid 82 36.1 0.8 15.9
Rudy Tomjanovich 52 24.3 0.1 11.6
Mike Dunleavy 74 21.7 0.0 10.5
Allen Leavell 79 21.3 0.2 8.1

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Playoffs

Awards and records

Awards

Records

Transactions

Trades

Free Agents

Additions

Player Signed Former team

Subtractions

Player Left New team

References

See also


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