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Clutch City: Kenny Smith

POSTED: Jun 4, 2015 1:39 PM ET

By Fran Blinebury


Kenny Smith was a clutch shooter who was an integral part of both of Houston's championship squads.

"Clutch City" will air at 9 p.m. ET Monday, June 8, on NBA TV. Produced by the Sports Emmy Award-winning NBA TV Originals, "Clutch City" examines the Houston Rockets' 1993-94 and 1994-95 NBA Championship teams.

These are the then-and-now stories of some of the standout players from those teams:

Name: Kenny Smith

Position: Guard

Stats in 1993-94 season: 11.6 ppg, 4.2 apg, 1.8 rpg, 0.8spg

Stats in 1994-95 season: 10.4 ppg, 4.0 apg, 1.9 rpg, 0.9 spg

His part in Clutch City: During an NBA career that spanned from 1987-97, Smith spent his six most productive seasons with Rockets. In Houston, he established a reputation as a confident clutch shooter who was instrumental in the team winning their back-to-back titles. In the first game of The 1995 Finals against the Magic in Orlando, he made seven 3-pointers — then a Finals record — including a game-tying shot in the last second to send Game 1 into overtime. The Rockets won the game and went on to sweep the Magic 4-0.

Kenny Smith's Clutch Shot In 1995

Houston's Kenny Smith tied the game with this record-setting seventh 3-pointer in Game 1 of the 1995 Finals.

After Clutch City: He left the Rockets as a free agent in 1996, split time for one season with the Pistons, Magic and Nuggets before retiring in 1997. Smith joined Turner Sports in 1998 and for nearly two decades has been a cornerstone with Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley and now, Shaquille O'Neal, on the Emmy Award-winning "Inside the NBA". He lives with his family in Southern California.