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2020-2021 Team records - Points

Kevin Porter scores a season high 50 points for Houston Rockets

On April 04, 2021, Kevin Porter set a season high in points in a NBA game. That day he scored 50 points in Houston Rockets's home win against Milwaukee Bucks, 143-136. He also had 5 rebounds, 11 assists and finished the game with a 50 efficiency.

2020-2021 Team records - Rebounds

Christian Wood grabs a season high 19 rebounds for Houston Rockets

On April 04, 2021, Christian Wood set a season high in rebounds in a NBA game. That day he grabbed 19 rebounds in Houston Rockets's home loss against LA Clippers, 104-109. He also had 24 points, 2 assists and finished the game with a 25 efficiency.

2020-2021 Team records - Assists

John Wall dishes a season high 15 assists for Houston Rockets

On March 03, 2021, John Wall set a season high in assists in a NBA game. That day he dished 15 assists in Houston Rockets's road loss against Minnesota Timberwolves, 107-101. He also had 14 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals and finished the game with a 9 efficiency.

2020-2021 Team records - Steals

David Nwaba has a season high 4 steals for Houston Rockets

On January 01, 2021, David Nwaba set a season high in steals in a NBA game. That day he reached 4 steals in Houston Rockets's road loss against Chicago Bulls, 125-120. He also had 7 points, 2 rebounds, 4 steals and finished the game with a 11 efficiency.

2020-2021 Team records - Blocks

Christian Wood blocks a season high 4 blocks for Houston Rockets Christian Wood

On January 01, 2021, Christian Wood set a season high in blocks in a NBA game. That day he went for 4 blocks in Houston Rockets's home win against Sacramento Kings, 102-94. He also had 20 points, 15 rebounds, 1 steal and finished the game with a 30 efficiency.

2020-2021 Team records - Efficiency

Kevin Porter set a season high 50 efficiency for Houston Rockets

On April 04, 2021, Kevin Porter set a season high in efficiency in a NBA game. That day he accomplished 50 efficiency in Houston Rockets's home win against Milwaukee Bucks, 143-136. He also had 50 points, 5 rebounds and finished the game with a 50 efficiency.

Houston Rockets roster

2020-2021 season

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D.J. Augustin
1m83 / 6-0
33 Years old

Avery Bradley
1m90 / 6-3
30 Years old

Armoni Brooks
1m90 / 6-3
22 Years old

Sterling Brown
1m98 / 6-6
25 Years old

Bruno Caboclo
2m06 / 6-9
25 Years old

Chris Clemons
1m77 / 5-10
23 Years old

Eric Gordon
1m92 / 6-4
32 Years old

Danuel House
2m01 / 6-7
27 Years old

Daquan Jeffries
1m95 / 6-5
23 Years old

Mason Jones
1m95 / 6-5
22 Years old

Rodions Kurucs
2m06 / 6-9
22 Years old

Anthony Lamb
1m98 / 6-6
22 Years old

Kenyon Martin
1m98 / 6-6
19 Years old

Ben Mclemore
1m96 / 6-5
27 Years old

David Nwaba
1m94 / 6-4
27 Years old

Kelly Olynyk
2m13 / 7-0
29 Years old

Justin Patton
2m11 / 6-11
23 Years old

Kevin Porter
1m93 / 6-4
20 Years old

Raymond Spalding
2m09 / 6-10
23 Years old

Jae'sean Tate
1m93 / 6-4
25 Years old

Brodric Thomas
1m95 / 6-5
23 Years old

John Wall
1m95 / 6-5
30 Years old

D.J. Wilson
2m08 / 6-10
24 Years old

Christian Wood
2m11 / 6-11
25 Years old

Houston Rockets

Season Highlights

Houston Rockets: 2020-2021 season breakdown

The Houston Rockets won 16 of their 68 games during the 2020-2021 NBA season.

They scored 104.6 points per contest and allowed 112.3 points to their opponents.

The Houston Rockets's largest win was a 42 points home win against Orlando Magic on January 09, 2021 (132-90).

That night Christian Wood scored 22 points, and Ben Mclemore had 15.

The Houston Rockets's biggest loss was a 49 points home loss against Memphis Grizzlies on March 01, 2021 (84-133).

They were dominated by Justise Winslow (20 points) and Brandon Clarke (16 points).

Team leaders

James Harden led the team in scoring with 24.8 points per game.

Christian Wood led the team in rebounding with 9.7 rebounds per game.

James Harden led the team in assists with 10.4 assists per game.

James Harden had the team's best efficiency rating with 27.4. He averaged 24.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 10.4 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.8 blocks.

Winning streaks

The Houston Rockets had a season-high 6-Game winning streak.

And a season worse 20-Game losing streak.

The Houston Rockets's longest home winning streak lasted 2 games. And it's longest home losing streak lasted 11 games.

The Houston Rockets's longest road winning streak lasted 4 games. And it's longest road losing streak lasted 10 games.

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LA Clippers LA Clippers

105- 100

Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors
PTS 22
REB 6
AST 2
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105- 100

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PTS 8
REB 1
AST 3
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113- 127

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PTS 19
REB 5
AST 3
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113- 127

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PTS 18
REB 4
AST 1
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108- 103

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REB 2
AST 2
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124- 118

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AST 2
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124- 118

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PTS 10
REB 5
AST 1
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Paul

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118- 134

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PTS 23
REB 6
AST 16
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Black

Tarik Black

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2021-05-04
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79- 53

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PTS 3
REB 5
AST 0
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Johnson

Jajuan Johnson

Last Game

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AX Armani Exchange Milano AX Armani Exchange Milano

92- 89

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PTS 14
REB 9
AST 0
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Baldwin

Wade Baldwin

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2021-05-04
AX Armani Exchange Milano AX Armani Exchange Milano

92- 89

FC Bayern München FC Bayern München
PTS 17
REB 3
AST 5
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Weber

Briante Weber

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Cholet Cholet

105- 90

BCM BCM
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REB 2
AST 7
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William Howard

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101- 93

Roanne Roanne
PTS 9
REB 1
AST 0
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Anderson

James Anderson

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Anadolu Efes Anadolu Efes

88- 83

Real Madrid Real Madrid
PTS 0
REB 0
AST 0
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Lampe

Maciej Lampe

Last Game

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Chalon Chalon

95- 96

Limoges CSP Limoges CSP
PTS 23
REB 8
AST 3
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About the Houston Rockets

Houston
Location of Houston

Country: USA

Location: Houston, Texas

Demography: 2,326M

Spoken language: English

NBA Championships: 1994, 1995

Team names:

  • San Diego Rockets (1967-1971)
  • Houston Rockets (1971-...)

Houston Rockets logos history

Houston Rockets logo
2019/20-Today
Houston Rockets logo
2003/04-2018/19
Houston Rockets logo
1995/96-2002/03
Houston Rockets logo
1972/73-1994/95
Houston Rockets logo
1971/72

Houston Rockets Retired Numbers

Jersey Drexler 22
Jersey Murphy 23
Jersey Malone 24
Jersey Olajuwon 34
Jersey Tomjanovich 45

Retired Numbers : Clyde Drexler #22, Calvin Murphy #23, Moses Malone #24, Hakeem Olajuwon #34, Rudy Tomjanovich #45

Houston Rockets history

When the NBA looked to expand in 1967, they chose a Californian city with a growing population and a strong economy. San Diego was awarded an expansion franchise as Robert Breitbard paid 1.75 million dollars to join the League. The fans chose the name Rockets as San Diego used the theme "a city in motion" to boost its image as a first class city, and the Rockets' name lent itself to that effort.

From San Diego to Houston

To build the roster, the Rockets chose veteran players during an expansion draft and their first ever draft pick : Pat Riley from Kentucky, who was drafted that same year as a wide receiver by the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL. It was no surprise that the Rockets finished last in the League in their inaugural season with only 15 wins. It gave them the opportunity to draft a power forward who ended up in the Naismith Hall of Fame and the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team. 6-foot-9 Elvin Hayes twice took Houston University to the NCAA Final Four. And it did not take him long to make an impact in the NBA. As a rookie he was the first in scoring (28.4 points per game) and fourth in rebounding (17.1 boards). Although he remains the only rookie in history to lead the League in scoring, he was not named Rookie of the Year as center Wes Unseld, from Baltimore, won the trophy.

The following season he was the NBA’s leading rebounder but despite the addition of guard Calvin Murphy and forward Rudy Tomjanovich, the Rockets did not become a contender and failed to win over fans in San Diego. Owner Robert Breitbard sold the team to a group of investors from Texas and the team moved to Houston where the name Rockets fit perfectly with the city’s connection with the space industry.

The triangle offense fiasco

The franchise hired a new coach with no prior NBA experience. In the NCAA he implemented a system he had learned as a player after World War II : the triangle offense. Tex Winter later became a legend as an assistant with the Chicago Bulls, but his philosophy did not seat well with Rockets star Elvin Hayes. The two clashed, the Rockets won only 34 games and at the end of the season Hayes was traded to the Baltimore Bullets. Winter was fired soon after and some improvement was perceived with coach Johnny Egan.

Much had to do with the stellar play of Calvin Murphy.  Standing at 5-9 Murphy is the shortest player inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame and a true Rockets’ legend. Known for his quickness, defensive ability and free-throw accuracy, his number 23 was retired by the franchise where he spent his whole career. He never left the organization after his retirement in 1983, working in numerous roles, mainly as a television analyst.

During the 1976-77 season he received the help of fellow guard John Lucas, the first overall pick of the draft out of Maryland, and center Moses Malone, already a star in the ABA. With Tomjanovich scorching the nets averaging 21.6 points per game and Malone controlling the boards with 13.4 rebounds per game, the Rockets enjoyed their best season ever. With 49 wins they reached the playoffs, eliminating the Bullets before losing to the Philadelphia Sixers in the Eastern Conference Finals. It was only four years later that they joined the Western Conference, playing in the Midwest Division rather than the Central Division.

The punch to Tomjanovich's face

The team rise to the top was derailed by an incident that remains famous today. On December 9, 1977, during a game against the Lakers, Tomjanovich was knocked down by a punch from power forward Kermit Washington. The blow shattered Tomjanovich's face and inflicted life-threatening head and spinal injuries, leaving him sidelined for five months. Washington was suspended for 60 days, missing 26 games; then the longest suspension for an on-court incident in NBA history. Although Tomjanovich recovered and regained All Star status, the Rockets were no longer contenders despite Moses Malone dominance. The Chairman Of The Boards was the NBA’s MVP in 1979 averaging 24.8 points and a League best 17.6 rebounds per game.

He carried on with his impressive numbers as the Rockets, under new coach Del Harris, qualified for the playoffs in the final game of the 1980-81 season with a 40-42 record. Yet, they upset the Lakers in the first round then topped San Antonio and Kansas City to become the second team in history to reach the Finals despite a losing record, where they eventually fell to the Celtics 4-2.

Ralph Sampson, Hakeem Olajuwon: The twin towers

Malone, again named MVP in 1982, was traded to the Philadelphia Sixers. The move proved to be catastrophic in the short term as the Rockets had the worst record in the League but positive in the long run as Houston chose first in the 1983 and 1984 drafts. The franchise decided to draft two centers who quickly became the Twin Towers. 7-4 Ralph Sampson teamed up with 7-0 Hakeem Olajuwon. It took only two seasons together to bring the Rockets back to the Finals.

With Bill Fitch on the sidelines and John Lucas back as a point guard, the team topped the 50 win barrier for the first time, won its division, dominated the Kings and Nuggets before facing the defending champions Los Angeles Lakers. After losing Game 1, the Rockets won the next four games including a decisive last win in L.A. on a buzzer beating turnaround jumpshot from Sampson. Despite his size, Sampson had moved to the power forward position to make room for Olajuwon. His speed and mobility was unprecedented and his teammate John Lucas insisted "he will revolutionize the game." Yet, Houston was no match for the Celtics and Larry Bird in the Finals, losing 4-2. Boston coach K. C. Jones called the Rockets "the new monsters on the block" feeling they had a bright future. But his vision never came true. Injuries to key players, including Sampson, and suspension for drug abuse derailed their road to success.

Hakeem The Dream

It was the return of Rudy Tomjanovich, this time on the bench, that brought the franchise back to the top. As Michael Jordan retired in 1993, following a three-peat, Hakeem Olajuwon was without a doubt the best player in the world. At 31 he was at the pinnacle of his career. He played 41 minutes per game in 1993/94 averaging 27.3 points, 11.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 3.7 blocks. He became the only player in NBA history to win the MVP, the Championship, the Finals MVP and Defensive Player of the Year awards in the same season. He was also the first foreign-born player to win the league's MVP award. The Rockets won the championship in a gruesome seven game series against the New York Knicks, with neither team able to score more than 93 points.

The Rockets initially struggled in the first half of the 1994–95 season and decided to send power-forward Otis Thorpe to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Olajuwon's former college teammate Clyde Drexler. With only 47 wins, the Rockets entered the playoffs as the sixth seed in the Western Conference. But they cruised through the playoffs earning the nickname "Clutch City" and sweeping the Orlando Magic in the Finals. The Rockets they became the first team in NBA history to win the championship as a sixth seed, and the first to beat four 50-win teams in a single postseason. The result led to Tomjanovich’s famous quote : "Don't ever underestimate the heart of a champion!"

Costly injuries to Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady

After years of rebuilding, fans firmly believed they had another opportunity to dream when the franchise welcomed another center with the first pick of the 2002 draft. 7-6 Yao Ming was an attraction because of his size, shooting touch and the fact that a country of more than 1 billion followed his every move. When he was joined by Tracy McGrady in 2004, the franchise had the one-two punch to bring them a championship. But these two incredible talents battled through injuries. Of the 463 regular season games for which they were teammates, Yao missed 146 and McGrady 160. Together, they never won a playoffs series.

Once again Houston was forced to rebuild. And this time the franchise put his faith into the hands of a guard. In 2013, the reigning sixth man of the year, James Harden arrived from Oklahoma City. Out of the shadow of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, the lefty and his trademark beard became one of the most prolific scorer in NBA history. Around him and with Mike D’Antoni taking charge in 2016, the Rockets changed the game relying on isolation plays for Harden and a flurry of three-pointers. Quite ironic for a franchise where centers ruled the hardwood.

Basketball team

About the Houston Rockets

Houston
Location of Houston

Country: USA

Location: Houston, Texas

Demography: 2,326M

Spoken language: English

NBA Championships: 1994, 1995

Team names:

  • San Diego Rockets (1967-1971)
  • Houston Rockets (1971-...)

Houston Rockets logos history

Houston Rockets logo
2019/20-Today
Houston Rockets logo
2003/04-2018/19
Houston Rockets logo
1995/96-2002/03
Houston Rockets logo
1972/73-1994/95
Houston Rockets logo
1971/72

Houston Rockets Retired Numbers

Jersey Drexler 22
Jersey Murphy 23
Jersey Malone 24
Jersey Olajuwon 34
Jersey Tomjanovich 45

Retired Numbers : Clyde Drexler #22, Calvin Murphy #23, Moses Malone #24, Hakeem Olajuwon #34, Rudy Tomjanovich #45

Houston Rockets history

When the NBA looked to expand in 1967, they chose a Californian city with a growing population and a strong economy. San Diego was awarded an expansion franchise as Robert Breitbard paid 1.75 million dollars to join the League. The fans chose the name Rockets as San Diego used the theme "a city in motion" to boost its image as a first class city, and the Rockets' name lent itself to that effort.

From San Diego to Houston

To build the roster, the Rockets chose veteran players during an expansion draft and their first ever draft pick : Pat Riley from Kentucky, who was drafted that same year as a wide receiver by the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL. It was no surprise that the Rockets finished last in the League in their inaugural season with only 15 wins. It gave them the opportunity to draft a power forward who ended up in the Naismith Hall of Fame and the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team. 6-foot-9 Elvin Hayes twice took Houston University to the NCAA Final Four. And it did not take him long to make an impact in the NBA. As a rookie he was the first in scoring (28.4 points per game) and fourth in rebounding (17.1 boards). Although he remains the only rookie in history to lead the League in scoring, he was not named Rookie of the Year as center Wes Unseld, from Baltimore, won the trophy.

The following season he was the NBA’s leading rebounder but despite the addition of guard Calvin Murphy and forward Rudy Tomjanovich, the Rockets did not become a contender and failed to win over fans in San Diego. Owner Robert Breitbard sold the team to a group of investors from Texas and the team moved to Houston where the name Rockets fit perfectly with the city’s connection with the space industry.

The triangle offense fiasco

The franchise hired a new coach with no prior NBA experience. In the NCAA he implemented a system he had learned as a player after World War II : the triangle offense. Tex Winter later became a legend as an assistant with the Chicago Bulls, but his philosophy did not seat well with Rockets star Elvin Hayes. The two clashed, the Rockets won only 34 games and at the end of the season Hayes was traded to the Baltimore Bullets. Winter was fired soon after and some improvement was perceived with coach Johnny Egan.

Much had to do with the stellar play of Calvin Murphy.  Standing at 5-9 Murphy is the shortest player inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame and a true Rockets’ legend. Known for his quickness, defensive ability and free-throw accuracy, his number 23 was retired by the franchise where he spent his whole career. He never left the organization after his retirement in 1983, working in numerous roles, mainly as a television analyst.

During the 1976-77 season he received the help of fellow guard John Lucas, the first overall pick of the draft out of Maryland, and center Moses Malone, already a star in the ABA. With Tomjanovich scorching the nets averaging 21.6 points per game and Malone controlling the boards with 13.4 rebounds per game, the Rockets enjoyed their best season ever. With 49 wins they reached the playoffs, eliminating the Bullets before losing to the Philadelphia Sixers in the Eastern Conference Finals. It was only four years later that they joined the Western Conference, playing in the Midwest Division rather than the Central Division.

The punch to Tomjanovich's face

The team rise to the top was derailed by an incident that remains famous today. On December 9, 1977, during a game against the Lakers, Tomjanovich was knocked down by a punch from power forward Kermit Washington. The blow shattered Tomjanovich's face and inflicted life-threatening head and spinal injuries, leaving him sidelined for five months. Washington was suspended for 60 days, missing 26 games; then the longest suspension for an on-court incident in NBA history. Although Tomjanovich recovered and regained All Star status, the Rockets were no longer contenders despite Moses Malone dominance. The Chairman Of The Boards was the NBA’s MVP in 1979 averaging 24.8 points and a League best 17.6 rebounds per game.

He carried on with his impressive numbers as the Rockets, under new coach Del Harris, qualified for the playoffs in the final game of the 1980-81 season with a 40-42 record. Yet, they upset the Lakers in the first round then topped San Antonio and Kansas City to become the second team in history to reach the Finals despite a losing record, where they eventually fell to the Celtics 4-2.

Ralph Sampson, Hakeem Olajuwon: The twin towers

Malone, again named MVP in 1982, was traded to the Philadelphia Sixers. The move proved to be catastrophic in the short term as the Rockets had the worst record in the League but positive in the long run as Houston chose first in the 1983 and 1984 drafts. The franchise decided to draft two centers who quickly became the Twin Towers. 7-4 Ralph Sampson teamed up with 7-0 Hakeem Olajuwon. It took only two seasons together to bring the Rockets back to the Finals.

With Bill Fitch on the sidelines and John Lucas back as a point guard, the team topped the 50 win barrier for the first time, won its division, dominated the Kings and Nuggets before facing the defending champions Los Angeles Lakers. After losing Game 1, the Rockets won the next four games including a decisive last win in L.A. on a buzzer beating turnaround jumpshot from Sampson. Despite his size, Sampson had moved to the power forward position to make room for Olajuwon. His speed and mobility was unprecedented and his teammate John Lucas insisted "he will revolutionize the game." Yet, Houston was no match for the Celtics and Larry Bird in the Finals, losing 4-2. Boston coach K. C. Jones called the Rockets "the new monsters on the block" feeling they had a bright future. But his vision never came true. Injuries to key players, including Sampson, and suspension for drug abuse derailed their road to success.

Hakeem The Dream

It was the return of Rudy Tomjanovich, this time on the bench, that brought the franchise back to the top. As Michael Jordan retired in 1993, following a three-peat, Hakeem Olajuwon was without a doubt the best player in the world. At 31 he was at the pinnacle of his career. He played 41 minutes per game in 1993/94 averaging 27.3 points, 11.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 3.7 blocks. He became the only player in NBA history to win the MVP, the Championship, the Finals MVP and Defensive Player of the Year awards in the same season. He was also the first foreign-born player to win the league's MVP award. The Rockets won the championship in a gruesome seven game series against the New York Knicks, with neither team able to score more than 93 points.

The Rockets initially struggled in the first half of the 1994–95 season and decided to send power-forward Otis Thorpe to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Olajuwon's former college teammate Clyde Drexler. With only 47 wins, the Rockets entered the playoffs as the sixth seed in the Western Conference. But they cruised through the playoffs earning the nickname "Clutch City" and sweeping the Orlando Magic in the Finals. The Rockets they became the first team in NBA history to win the championship as a sixth seed, and the first to beat four 50-win teams in a single postseason. The result led to Tomjanovich’s famous quote : "Don't ever underestimate the heart of a champion!"

Costly injuries to Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady

After years of rebuilding, fans firmly believed they had another opportunity to dream when the franchise welcomed another center with the first pick of the 2002 draft. 7-6 Yao Ming was an attraction because of his size, shooting touch and the fact that a country of more than 1 billion followed his every move. When he was joined by Tracy McGrady in 2004, the franchise had the one-two punch to bring them a championship. But these two incredible talents battled through injuries. Of the 463 regular season games for which they were teammates, Yao missed 146 and McGrady 160. Together, they never won a playoffs series.

Once again Houston was forced to rebuild. And this time the franchise put his faith into the hands of a guard. In 2013, the reigning sixth man of the year, James Harden arrived from Oklahoma City. Out of the shadow of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, the lefty and his trademark beard became one of the most prolific scorer in NBA history. Around him and with Mike D’Antoni taking charge in 2016, the Rockets changed the game relying on isolation plays for Harden and a flurry of three-pointers. Quite ironic for a franchise where centers ruled the hardwood.