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View all NFL Sites. View all NBA Sites. View all MLB Sites. View all NHL Sites. View all CFB Sites. Jones said, "I don't have a word for today. Then in the conference finals, Boston swept the Milwaukee Bucks in four games, a direct reversal of their second round meeting in the NBA Playoffs.
Following their previous Finals appearance in , the Rockets entered a brief rebuilding period. But the biggest move came during the offseason, when the Rockets traded Moses Malone to the champions Philadelphia 76ers. The loss of Malone sent the Rockets to a league-worst 14—68 record in the —83 season , after which the Rockets were awarded the top pick of the NBA draft and selected Ralph Sampson. After a win season in , the Rockets were once again rewarded with the top pick in the NBA draft.
They selected another center in Akeem Olajuwon , and paired alongside Sampson, they were dubbed as the "Twin Towers". Under third-year head coach Bill Fitch the head coach of the —81 Celtics championship team , the Rockets posted a 51—31 record and won the Midwest Division title. In the first round, they swept the Sacramento Kings , then eliminated the Denver Nuggets in six games during the second round.
In the conference finals, they were matched up against the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers , and after losing Game 1, the Rockets stunned the Lakers by winning the final four games, highlighted by a series-clinching buzzer beater by Sampson in Game 5. The Boston Celtics won both games in the regular season series:. The Celtics won the first two games at the Boston Garden , where they had gone 40—1 during the regular season.
The Rockets had been almost as good at home during the regular season, and they defeated the Celtics — in game three. Game 4 was a tense battle at the Summit , which the Celtics won —, with Bill Walton coming off the bench for a tired Robert Parish to score a crucial basket.
While Jim Petersen led the Rockets to a decisive victory, Sampson's actions motivated the Celtics to end the series in six. The Celtics eliminated the Rockets —97 in a game that wasn't as close as the score would indicate. Bird was named the Finals' MVP for that year, averaging 24 points, 9.
It was the Celtics' 16th championship in 40 years and it was their last championship for 22 years. Sampson got three quick fouls just 4: The backcourt tandem of Dennis Johnson and Danny Ainge provided the third quarter spurt for the Celtics, combining for 22 points, while Boston held Houston to just 17 points in an expected victory.
The third quarter again proved decisive for the Celtics, outscoring the Rockets in the quarter. Sampson and Olajuwon combined for 32 points in the first half, but only seven in the second. Larry Bird paced the Celtics with 31 points on for shooting, while Kevin McHale added 25 in another Boston rout.
It was Boston's 40th consecutive victory at home, regular season and playoffs combined. The Rockets rallied from eight points down in the fourth quarter before escaping to a much-needed two-point win at home, despite another third quarter meltdown. Sampson and Olajuwon combined for 47 points and 30 rebounds, Robert Reid added 20, while reserve guard Mitchell Wiggins tipped in off an Olajuwon miss late in the fourth to put the Rockets ahead for good.
The Celtics only managed one more shot in their final two possessions, a missed 5-footer by Robert Parish. Kevin McHale and Larry Bird both scored 28 points in the loss, but Bird was held to 3-for shooting in the second half due to Reid's defense. Larry Bird's three-pointer with 2: Robert Parish scored 22 while hauling 15 rebounds.
Dennis Johnson also added 22, while Bird scored 21 and dished out 10 assists. The Rockets suffered their first home loss of the playoffs. The game was highlighted by Ralph Sampson's ejection early in the second quarter.
The Rockets were leading at the time of the brawl, and would lead by as many as 25 points in the second half to score a lopsided victory.
Akeem Olajuwon scored 32 points while blocking 8 shots. Though Kevin McHale scored 33, Larry Bird was held to only 17 points, ultimately leading to one of the worst losses suffered by the Celtics that season. In a masterful display of team basketball and payback for the Game 5 loss, Larry Bird notched a triple-double of 29 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists to pace a lopsided Boston win that clinched their 16th NBA championship.
Kevin McHale added 29 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks. Olajuwon paced the Rockets with 21 points and 10 rebounds, but Ralph Sampson was held to only eight points on 4-for shooting, visibly distracted by an angry Boston Garden crowd in the aftermath of Game 5.
The Celtics led by as much as 30 in the fourth to put away the Rockets. Until this was the Celtics' last NBA championship. In the —87 season the Celtics extended their home winning streak to 48 games and went on to win 59 games, 39 of which came at either Boston Garden or Hartford Civic Center.
The Celtics faltered down the stretch due to injuries, fatigue and age. As for the Rockets, their stay at the top of the Western Conference would only be temporary, as Ralph Sampson fell down with a knee injury that eventually curtailed his career. The Rockets would only win 42 games, upsetting the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round until being dethroned as west champions in the playoffs' second round by the Seattle SuperSonics in six games.
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