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1993–94 Houston Rockets season
NBA Champions
Head coach Rudy Tomjanovich
Owner(s) Leslie Alexander
Arena Compaq Center
Results
Record 58–24 (.707)
Place Division: 1st (Midwest)
Conference: 2nd (Western)
Playoff finish NBA Champions

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Houston Rockets seasons
< 1992–93 1994–95 >

The Houston Rockets won their first NBA title in franchise history.

Contents

Offseason

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NBA Draft

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 24 Sam Cassell Guard  United States Florida State
2 46 Richard Petruska Center  United States UCLA
2 50 Marcelo Nicola Forward  Argentina Taugres (Spain)

Regular season

Season standings

Midwest Division
Team W L PCT. GB
Houston Rockets 58 24 .707 -
San Antonio Spurs 55 27 .671 3
Utah Jazz 53 29 .646 5
Denver Nuggets 42 40 .512 16
Minnesota Timberwolves 20 62 .244 38
Dallas Mavericks 13 69 .159 45

Player stats

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

Regular season

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Scott Brooks 73 0 16.8 .491 .377 .871 1.4 2.0 .70 .03 5.2
Matt Bullard 65 0 11.2 .345 .325 .769 1.3 1.0 .22 .09 3.5
Sam Cassell 66 6 17.0 .418 .295 .841 2.0 2.9 .89 .11 6.7
Earl Cureton 2 0 15.0 .250 .000 .000 6.0 .0 .00 .00 2.0
Mario Elie 67 8 24.0 .446 .335 .860 2.7 3.1 .75 .12 9.3
Carl Herrera 75 0 17.2 .458 .000 .711 3.8 .5 .43 .35 4.7
Robert Horry 81 81 29.3 .459 .324 .732 5.4 2.9 1.47 .93 9.9
Chris Jent 3 0 26.0 .500 .364 .500 5.0 2.3 .00 .00 10.3
Vernon Maxwell 75 73 34.3 .389 .298 .749 3.1 5.1 1.67 .27 13.6
Hakeem Olajuwon 80 80 41.0 .528 .421 .716 11.9 3.6 1.60 3.71 27.3
Richard Petruška 22 0 4.2 .435 .467 .750 1.4 .0 .09 .14 2.4
Eric Riley 47 2 4.7 .486 .000 .541 1.3 .2 .11 .19 1.9
Larry Robinson 6 0 9.2 .500 .250 .375 1.7 1.0 1.17 .00 4.2
Kenny Smith 78 78 28.3 .480 .405 .871 1.8 4.2 .76 .05 11.6
Otis Thorpe 82 82 35.5 .561 .000 .657 10.6 2.3 .80 .34 14.0

Playoffs

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Scott Brooks 5 4.6 .833 1.000 .000 .4 .6 .00 .00 2.2
Matt Bullard 10 5.5 .211 .200 .750 1.0 .0 .10 .20 1.6
Sam Cassell 22 21.7 .394 .378 .865 2.7 4.2 .95 .23 9.4
Earl Cureton 10 10.0 .800 .000 1.000 2.9 .2 .10 .20 1.8
Mario Elie 23 16.6 .396 .313 .851 1.7 1.7 .35 .13 5.8
Carl Herrera 16 15.5 .534 .000 .813 2.8 .2 .31 .19 4.7
Robert Horry 23 33.8 .434 .382 .765 6.1 3.6 1.52 .87 11.7
Chris Jent 11 5.6 .250 .231 .000 .8 .6 .18 .00 1.2
Vernon Maxwell 23 38.3 .376 .326 .685 3.5 4.2 .87 .09 13.8
Hakeem Olajuwon 23 43.0 .519 .500 .795 11.0 4.3 1.74 4.00 28.9
Kenny Smith 23 30.3 .455 .447 .808 2.3 4.1 .96 .17 10.8
Otis Thorpe 23 37.1 .572 .500 .567 9.9 2.3 .57 .43 11.3

NBA finals

1994 NBA Finals Roster

Head Coach: Rudy Tomjanovich
Hakeem Olajuwon | Otis Thorpe | Vernon Maxwell | Robert Horry | Mario Elie | Sam Cassell | Chris Jent | Carl Herrera | Scott Brooks | Larry Robinson | Matt Bullard | Richard Petruska | Earl Cureton | Eric Riley | Kenny Smith |

Series Summary

Game Date Home Team Result Road Team
Game 1 June 8 Houston 85-78 New York
Game 2 June 10 Houston 83-91 New York
Game 3 June 12 New York 89-93 Houston
Game 4 June 15 New York 91-82 Houston
Game 5 June 17 New York 91-84 Houston
Game 6 June 19 Houston 86-84 New York
Game 7 June 22 Houston 90-84 New York

Rockets win series 4-3

New York Rangers Win Stanley Cup

Game 4 (June 15, 1994) took place at Madison Square Garden with its corridors smelling of beer and champagne. Twenty-four hours before, the Garden hosted the New York Rangers first Stanley Cup celebration in 54 years, following their 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. By winning the NBA championship, the Rockets denied New York from having the distinction of having both NBA and NHL championships in the same year. Game 5 (June 17, 1994) took place on the same day as the parade down the Canyon of Heroes celebrating the Rangers' win.

The motivational assist for the Rockets was the way things to the Rangers' win ended: "The New York Rangers have done it here on a hot June night in New York! The Rangers are Stanley Cup Champions!"

Game 5 Telecast interrupted by O.J. Simpson car chase

During Game 5 (June 17, 1994) most NBC affiliates (with the noted exception being WNBC-TV out of New York) split the coverage of the game between NFL Hall of Famer O.J. Simpson's slow speed freeway chase with the LAPD. At the time, Simpson had been an NFL analyst on NBC. A visibly confused and distraught Bob Costas (NBC's anchor for their NBA Finals coverage) said during the telecast from Madison Square Garden that the Simpson situation was "not just tragic but now surreal."

Award winners

  • Hakeem Olajuwon – NBA Most Valuable Player
  • Hakeem Olajuwon – NBA Finals Most Valuable Player
  • Hakeem Olajuwon – NBA Defensive Player of the Year
  • Hakeem Olajuwon – All-NBA First Team
  • Hakeem Olajuwon – All-NBA Defensive First Team

NBA All-Star Game

References


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