Houston Rockets Tickets
The Houston Rockets are a professional basketball team that plays in the Western Conference Southwest Division of the National Basketball Association (NBA). They play their home games at the Toyota Center and have won two NBA Championships. In addition, the team has won 5 division and 4 conference titles. If you are looking for the houston rockets tickets, click here.
The franchise was originally founded as the San Diego Rockets in 1967 after Robert Breitbard bought them for a value of $1.75 million. The 1967-68 season was the first one by the team in the NBA. The franchise was nicknamed ‘Rockets’ owing to the local booster rocket program developments taking place in the area. Jack McMohan was the first coach for the side.
The late 60s was not a very good time for the Rockets as they were unable to reach the playoffs in any of the seasons. Keeping their unimpressive performance in view, Breitbard decided to sell the team. It was then bought by the Texas Sports Investments. The nickname ‘Rockets’ was maintained as the association had become strong and the team has garnered quite a following by the time.
The Years as the Champions
The Rockets kicked off their 1993-94 season by meeting an NBA record start of 15-0. Led by Hakeem Olajuwon, the Defensive Player of the Year, the team made a franchise record by winning 58 games. Olajuwon went on to receive the honor of the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player. It was after almost twenty five years with the team that Coach Rudy Tomjanovick had led them to a championship.
The 1994-95 season saw the Rockets struggle in the first half. They won a total of 47 games which was 11 games short of their previous year’s total. Their performance improved following a mid season trade in which they acquired guard Clyde Drexler in exchange for Otis Thorpe. Although the team made their entry into the playoffs as the sixth seed in the Western Conference, it was still able to beat Utah Jazz in the first round by a 60-22 score. The Rockets lagged behind the Phoenix Suns in the second round but still managed to score three consecutive wins. By doing so they became the first champion team in the history of the league to overcome a 2-0 and 3-0 loss in the first seven games of the series.
In a game held at the Toyota Center against the Golden State Warriors on February 5th, 2013, the Rockets equaled the NBA team record by making 23 3-point field goals. In the same game, the team made a home game record of scoring the most points at the venue with a 140-109 win.
In the same year the Houston Rockets traded both Patrick Patterson and Marcus Morris with Sacramento Kings in order to acquire Thomas Robinson. This was done so on the 20th February of 2013. That very night, the Rockets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder. James Harder scored an impressive career high of 46 points in this victory over the team he was previously a part of. In spite of being the youngest side in the league, the Houston Rockets became one of NBA’s highest scoring offenses.
More impressive was the fact that only two players, backup forward/center Greg Smith and starting forward Chandler Parsons were left from the roster that played in 2011-12. Kevin McHale stressed the importance of transition baskets and performing at a quick pace. The result of this strategy was brilliant. The Houston Rockets were now among the teams with the highest scoring offenses. In the post season, the Houston Rockets were outperformed by the Oklahoma City Thunder within the first round. The latter won the series by 4-2. In the 2012-13 NBA season, James Harden emerged as the franchise player for the team and scored 25.9 points a game on an average.
The Harden-Howard Duo
The Houston Rockets were keen to include another franchise player to the side and hence pursued for center Dwight Howard in the offseason (2013). Eventually in July of 2013, Howard tweeted about his intention to sign on with the Rockets. The deal was finalized on the 13th of July, 2013.
With this deadly new combination the Rockets recorded a 4-0 start in the 2014-15 season. This was the first time they had done so since the 1996-97 season in which they won the first 6 games. The Rockets won all the first 6 games by either 10 points or more and became the first side to achieve this feat since the Denver Nuggets in 1985-86.
In March of 2015, Harden scored a career-high 50 points leading the team to a 118-108 victory against the Denver Nuggets and also becoming the first player of the team to achieve this feat since Hakeem Olajuwon’s 51 points against the Celtics (1996). The same year in April, Harden scored another 51 points in the game against the Sacramento Kings. Thus James Harden has the honor of becoming the first player in the history of the franchise to score multiple 50 point games in a season.
On the 15th of April 2015, the Houston Rockets won the season’s 56th game and finished with the third best season record in the history of the franchise. The same day, the team claimed its first Division crown since the year 1994 and also its first Southwest Division title.
The Revamped Houston Rockets
The 2015-16 season did not turn out as expected for the Houston Rockets. Coach Kevin McHale got fired following the team’s disappointing performance in the beginning of the season. Suffering from injuries and inconsistency of performance, the Rockets were seen struggling to remain in the playoff contention. The team only managed to clinch the eight seed in the 2016 playoffs by defeating the Kings in the regular season’s last game.
Mike D’Antoni was named the new coach of the team on 1st June, 2016. Howard opted out of his contract and signed on with the Atlanta Hawks. Harden on the other hand reaffirmed his commitment to the side when he extended his contract. Furthermore players such as Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson were a good addition to the team.
The revamped team is looking good and confident in the 2016-17 NBA season. The new players complement and fit well with the franchise player Harden’s style of game. The Rockets started off slow but with defensive guard Patrick Beverley’s return, the team bagged a number of wins against the top teams in the NBA.
If you wish to catch the revamped strong and tough NBA team in action, then get your Houston Rocket tickets.