Houston Rockets in History

Events in Sport

  • 1975-11-02 First sports event at The Summit arena in Houston - NBA's Houston Rockets beat Milwaukee Bucks, 104-89; future Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich top scores with 24 points
  • 1981-03-01 Houston Rockets guard Calvin Murphy misses a free throw in a 102-86 loss in San Antonio, ending his NBA record consecutive free throw streak at 78
  • 1981-05-14 35th NBA Championship: Bost Celtics beat Houston Rockets, 4 games to 2
  • 1985-02-10 35th NBA All-Star Game, Hoosier Dome, Indianapolis: West beats East, 140-129; MVP: Ralph Sampson, Houston Rockets, C

Sports record brokenNBA Record

1993-12-02 Houston Rockets score a 94-85 win over the Knicks at New York’s Madison Square Garden, recording their 15th straight win to start the season; tie Washington Capitols' all-time NBA record 1948-49; streak ends next game

NBA Center Hakeem Olajuwon
NBA Center
Hakeem Olajuwon
  • 1994-06-22 48th NBA Championship: Houston Rockets beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 3
  • 1995-01-07 Larry Brown posts his 500th career NBA coaching victory, following the Indiana Pacers' 88-83 road win at the Houston Rockets

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1995-02-14 The Portland Trail Blazers trade Clyde Drexler to the Houston Rockets, who end up winning the 1995 NBA Championship

NBA Swingman Clyde Drexler
NBA Swingman
Clyde Drexler
  • 1995-06-14 49th NBA Championship: Houston Rockets sweep Orlando Magic in 4 games
  • 1997-10-23 Les Alexander, owner of Houston Rockets buys NHL's Edmonton Oilers
  • 1998-01-10 Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan wins his 600th NBA game with a 111-84 victory at the Houston Rockets
  • 1999-10-01 In a blockbuster NBA trade, the Houston Rockets move All Star forward Scotty Pippen to Portland Trail Blazers for Kelvin Cato, Stacey Augmon, Walt Williams, Carlos Rogers, Ed Gray and Brian Shaw
  • 2001-01-11 New York Knicks hold an opponent under 100 points for NBA-record 29th straight game in a 76-75 loss to the Houston Rockets; streak snaps 46-year-old NBA record of 28 straight set by the Fort Wayne Pistons in 1954-55
  • 2002-06-26 NBA Draft: Shanghai Sharks (China) center Yao Ming first pick by Houston Rockets
  • 2018-12-19 Houston Rockets set NBA single-game record with 26 three-pointers in 136-118 victory over Washington Wizards; 8 players hit from deep as Rockets shoot 26-of-55 (47.3%); James Harden leads charge, shooting 6-of-11 on 3s
  • 2019-03-19 Houston Rockets guard James Harden becomes first player in NBA history to score at least 30 points against all 29 opponents in a single season with 31 in a 121-105 win over the Atlanta Hawks

Sports record brokenNBA Record

2019-04-07 Retiring NBA legends Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas) and Dwyane Wade (Miami) play their final home games, both victories; Magic Johnson sensationally quits as LA Lakers president of basketball operations; Houston Rockets convert NBA record 27 three-point field goals in 149-113 win over Phoenix

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1946-03-22 Don Chaney, NBA player (Houston Rockets)/coach (Detroit Pistons)
  • 1951-05-08 Mike D'Antoni, American-Italian basketball guard and head coach (NBA Coach of the Year 2005, 17; Houston Rockets 2016-19; LA Lakers, NY Knicks, Phoenix), born in Mullens, West Virginia
  • 1959-05-01 Eddie Johnson, American basketball guard/forward (NBA Sixth Man of the Year 1989; Phoenix Suns, Seattle SuperSonics), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1960-07-07 Ralph Sampson, American basketball center (NBA All-Star 1984–87; Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets), born in Harrisonburg, Virginia

Person of interestClyde Drexler

1962-06-22 Clyde "Glide" Drexler, NBA Guard (Houston Rockets, Port Trailblazers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

NBA Swingman Clyde Drexler
NBA Swingman
Clyde Drexler
  • 1962-09-06 Kevin Willis, American NBA center (Houston Rockets), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestHakeem Olajuwon

1963-01-21 Hakeem Olajuwon, Nigerian-American NBA center (Houston Rockets, Olympic gold 1996), born in Lagos, Nigeria

NBA Center Hakeem Olajuwon
NBA Center
Hakeem Olajuwon
  • 1963-11-26 Mario Elie, American NBA forward and guard (Houston Rockets), born in NYC, New York
  • 1965-03-08 Kenny Smith, NBA guard (Houston Rockets)
  • 1965-04-25 Mark Bryant, American NBA forward and center (Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets), born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey
  • 1967-06-02 Kenny Atkinson, American basketball head coach (Brooklyn Nets 2016-19; Director Player Development, Houston Rockets 2007–08), born in Huntington, New York
  • 1967-06-05 Matt Bullard, NBA forward (Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks)
  • 1967-10-27 Jaren Jackson, American NBA guard & forward (Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1967-12-14 Eldridge Recasner, American NBA guard (Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1968-08-27 Emanual Davis, NBA guard (Houston Rockets)
  • 1968-12-09 Brent Price, NBA guard (Houston Rockets, Washington Bullets)
  • 1969-11-18 Sam Cassell, American NBA guard (NJ Nets, Houston Rockets), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1970-05-26 Sam Mack, NBA forward/guard (Houston Rockets, Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • 1970-08-25 Robert Horry, NBA forward (LA Lakers, Houston Rockets)
  • 1973-01-28 Joe Stephens, NBA forward (Houston Rockets)
  • 1973-04-28 Serge Zwikker, NBA center (Houston Rockets)
  • 1973-09-24 Rodrick Rhodes, american NBA forward (Houston Rockets), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1974-01-31 Othella Harrington, American basketball forward (Houston Rockets), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1979-05-24 Tracy McGrady, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (NBA All-Star 2001–07; NBA scoring champion 2003, 04; Toronto Raptors, Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets), born in Bartow, Florida
  • 1982-09-13 Nenê, Brazilian basketball player (Houston Rockets), born in São Carlos, Brazil
  • 1985-05-05 P. J. Tucker, American basketball player (Houston Rockets), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1985-05-06 Chris Paul, American basketball point guard (9-time NBA All Star), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 1988-11-12 Russell Westbrook, American basketball guard (NBA MVP 2017; NBA All-Star Game MVP 2015, 16; OKC Thunder, Houston Rockets), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1989-08-26 James Harden, American basketball guard (NBA MVP 2018; NBA All-Star 2013–19; Houston Rockets), born in Los Angeles, California

Weddings in Sport

  • 2007-08-06 NBA Houston Rockets center Yao Ming (27) weds Chinese women's national basketball team member Ye Li (26) at the Pudong Shangri-La hotel in Shanghai