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Clutch City: Mario Elie

POSTED: Jun 4, 2015 1:40 PM ET

By Fran Blinebury


Mario Elie is best known for his crucial 3-pointer in Game 7 of the 1995 Eastern Conference semifinals.

"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: Mario Elie

Position: Guard

Stats in 1993-94 season: 9.3 ppg, 3.1 apg, 2.7 rpg, 0.7 spg

Stats in 1994-95 season: 8.8 ppg, 2.3 apg, 2.4 rpg, 0.8 spg

His part in Clutch City: The final piece to the championship puzzle, Elie was acquired by the Rockets from the Trail Blazers in August 1993 for the bargain price of a second-round draft choice. A basketball journeyman, Elie played in Ireland, Argentina and Portugal before getting his crack at the NBA in 1990 and the Rockets were his fourth stop in the league. He was a junkyard dog-type wing defender who fit perfectly into the Rockets' offense as a spot-up shooter. Elie made the greatest shot in franchise history -- the "Kiss of Death" 3-pointer that beat the Suns in Game 7 of the 1995 Western Conference semifinals that helped propel the Rockets to their second straight NBA championship.

Mario Elie's 'Kiss of Death'

Mario Elie hit a corner 3-pointer in Game 7 as the Rockets complete the series comeback and topple the Phoenix Suns.

After Clutch City: He signed as free agent in San Antonio in 1999 and won his third title with the Spurs that year. Elie retired after the 2001 season in Phoenix. After stints as an assistant coach in Dallas, Sacramento and New Jersey, Elie lives with his family in Houston and is currently seeking another NBA position.