Throughout the 1999-2000 season the Rockets celebrated the Millennium Moments in Rockets History in celebration of the approaching new millennium. We recently asked you to select the five greatest moments in Rockets history and tell us what made these moments special to you. Some of you believe that Ralph Sampson's buzzer-beating miracle shot that propelled the Rockets into the 1986 NBA Finals was the greatest moment while others feel that the 1995 acquisition of Clyde Drexler, who led the Rockets to a second consecutive NBA title, was the sweetest moment. But the majority of you agree that the Rockets' first NBA championship a year earlier was the most unforgettable and important moment in franchise history. The Top 5 Moments in Rockets History, as voted by you the fans, appear below.
Hakeem shows his power in his Rockets home debut. (NBA Photos)
The Rockets drafted Hakeem and that's where it all
began. I've followed the Rockets and loved them all, but he is
by far the best player ever to play with the Rockets B he is
the Houston Rockets!
Kristi -- The Woodlands, TX
4. (May 22- June 1, 1995) David Robinson was in the wrong place at the wrong time. For six games during the 1995 Western Conference Finals, the reigning NBA MVP was standing between Hakeem Olajuwon and the basket. Olajuwon used a variety of fakes, hooks and Dream Shakes to drive past, escape from, and score over Robinson and the Spurs' double-and-triple teams. In the series, Olajuwon outscored Robinson 212-146, pouring in 40 or more points in three of the games. Olajuwon cemented himself as one of the greatest basketball players of all time by turning in one of the most dominant individual performances in NBA history. "He (Robinson) worked so hard to keep up with all my fakes, but he couldn't," Olajuwon said. "I was at my best."
Hakeem just took David to school. He was showing him
who was the real MVP. I will never forget that series.
Abdullah -- Big Rapids, MI
3. (May 20, 1995) Everybody expected Mario Elie to throw the ball to Hakeem Olajuwon, but Elie had a feeling he was going to be the one to kiss the Phoenix Suns goodbye. With the score tied at 110 late in Game 7 of the 1995 Western Conference Semifinals, Robert Horry spotted Elie across the floor in perfect position to get the ball to Olajuwon. "Dream was wide-open, but I had my feet set. I let it go and it felt good," Elie said. As his shot swished through the net, he ran toward the Suns' bench and blew a kiss to let them know the game was over. The Rockets won 115-114.
Elie's game-winning "3" in the Desert because I was in a
hotel room in Dallas watching it. After the shot, I went
running down the hallway yelling and jumping all around. It was
Chris -- Harker Heights, TX
Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler celebrate winning the 1995 NBA title. (NBA Photos)
The Rockets winning their second championship, because
they were not supposed to do anything in the playoffs and proved to
everyone that they were deserving of the first championship. It
made me proud to be a Rockets fan.
Cody -- Moscow, ID
Hakeem Olajuwon and his Rockets teammates accept the Larry O'Brien championship trophy from NBA Commissioner David Stern after Houston's 90-84 Game 7 win over New York. (NBA Photos)
I was in Section 104 for Game 7. My mother and I
watched as the Rockets offed the Knicks on John Starks' worst
shooting night. Greatest Rockets game ever. I hugged my Mom. We had
finally done it.
Jon -- Farmington, NM