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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1995 - The Issues. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 1, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/5767/show/5499.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1995 - The Issues. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/5767/show/5499

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Transcript TWO-RRIFIQ Houstonians share in the glory of the Rockets repeat The 1994-95 Houston Rockets proved lightning can indeed strike the same place twice. The red-hot Rockets scorched their playoff opponents, culminating in a sound defeat of the Eastern Conference champion Orlando Magic in the NBA Finals for their second consecutive league championship. The Rockets once again captivated their usually complacent hometown by proving as one sign in the Bayou City said, "Champions don't die, they just repeat." Beginning with their first-round series against the third-seeded Utah Jazz, the sixth-seeded Rockets proved they were indeed ready to defend their title despite tremendous odds imposed on them by fans, and analysts alike. A mid-season trade that sent power forward Otis Thorpe to the Portland Trailblazers in exchange for one of the founding fathers of Phi Slamma Jama at UH, Clyde Drexler and former UCLA standout Tracy Murray had both positive and negative play in Houston. The trade reunited Drexler with his former Cougar teamate, Hakeem Olajuwon and the Rockets organization made no pretenses as to what they expected of the trade: Offense. But some Rockets players resented the move, not so much because of Drexler's arrival, but because of the loss of Thorpe who was one of the more popular Rockets in Houston. The Drexler trade did not pay dividends until the playoffs began as the Rockets could not keep a steady lineup intact due to a number of injuries to players like playoff hero Robert Horry, and power forward and former Cougar Carl Herrera. opponent that nobody, except themselves, thought they could defeat. They silenced the Jazz in the maximun five games. They then dispatched the Phoenix Suns in seven games on a game-winning three-pointer by swingman Mario Elie with Suns' center Danny Schayes lunging for the leather in his hands. The San Antonio Spurs posted the NBA's best regular-season record with 62 wins and only 20 losses. But the Rockets took the series' first two games at the Alamodome, and while they lost the next two at home, they took a third straight game on the road, and closed the series out in six at the Summit. By this point, Houston was in the same frenzy that New York experienced in 1969 when everyone was rooting for the Mets and yelling, "You gotta believe!" But the city of Houston was no stranger to the Rockets success. They had been there and done that the year before when basically the same team defeated the Knicks in seven games and brought the fourth-largest city in the country its firts major sports championship. Once again Richmond Avenue was packed with generation X revelers as they witnessed something that has become commonplace in the NBA's golden years, a team successfully defending its championship. First the Detroit Pistons collected successive rings in '89 and '90. Then Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls went further than that and three-peated from '91- '94. But in the playoffs, Drexler did the only thing to And now, it's Houston's turn to gloat in the limelight of silence any critics he played like the Ail-Star player of old consecutive superiority in the NBA. that led the Trailblazers to two previous trips to the NBA The last two seasons, the Rockets literally gave an insecure city a reason to finally feel good about themselves after years of coming up empty handed in major sports championships. -Chris Pena The Rockets overcame incredible adversity in every playoff series. In each new round, they were faced with an Houstonian 1995 32