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Encyclopedia > 1995 NBA Finals

The 1995 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1994-95 NBA season. The series pitted the Orlando Magic against the Houston Rockets. The pre-series hype and build-up of the Finals was centered around the meeting of the two great centers Shaquille O'Neal of the Magic and Hakeem Olajuwon of the Rockets. Going into the series the matchup was compared to the Bill Russell-Wilt Chamberlain matchup of the 1960's. Image File history File linksMetadata NBAFINALSLOGO.jpg‎ Logo of NBA Finals This is a logo of an organization, item, or event, and is protected by copyright and/or trademark. ... Old Orlando Magic logo, claiming fair use This work is copyrighted. ... Old Houston Rockets logo, claiming fair use This work is copyrighted. ... The 1994-95 NBA season was the 49th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The Orlando Magic is a professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida. ... The Houston Rockets are a professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... The center is one of the standard positions in a regulation basketball game. ... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (born March 6, 1972), frequently referred to simply as Shaq, is one of the most famous American professional basketball players, generally regarded as one of the most dominant in the National Basketball Association. ... Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (born Akeem Abdul Olajuwon on January 21, 1963 in Lagos, Nigeria) is a former professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. ... William Felton Bill Russell (born February 12, 1934) is a retired American professional basketball player who played center for the Boston Celtics of the NBA. A five-time winner of the NBA Most Valuable Player Award and a twelve-time All-Star, the 69 Russell was the centerpiece of... Wilton Norman Wilt Chamberlain (born August 21, 1936, in Philadelphia - died October 12, 1999 in Bel-Air), nicknamed Wilt the Stilt and The Big Dipper, was a professional NBA basketball player for the Harlem Globetrotters, the Philadelphia / San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers. ...


Like his old friend Hakeem Olajuwon did the previous year, Clyde Drexler experienced the joy of winning a NBA championship at last. The Rockets became the first team in NBA history to win the championship as a sixth seed. In addition, the they became the first team in NBA history to beat four 50-win teams in a single postseason en route to the championship. The Rockets would win a playoff-record 9 road games in the 1995 playoffs. In addition, the Rockets' sweep of the Magic was the first in Finals history where the winning team had to win Games 1 and 2 on the road. Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (born Akeem Abdul Olajuwon on January 21, 1963 in Lagos, Nigeria) is a former professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. ... Clyde Austin Drexler (born June 22, 1962 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American former National Basketball Association shooting guard. ... The Larry OBrien trophy is coveted by NBA teams. ... The 1995 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 1994-1995 season. ...


The Orlando Magic (making their first ever NBA Finals appearance) began the 1995 NBA Finals at home, hosting the defending champion Houston Rockets. With the Magic up by three points late in the Game 1, Nick Anderson missed four consecutive free throws, and Kenny Smith hit a three pointer, tying the game and sending it to overtime as well as setting a new record with the most three-pointers in an NBA Finals game with 7. The more experienced Rockets would go on to win in overtime and eventually sweep the Magic, winning their second consecutive NBA Championship. Nelison Nick Anderson (born January 20, 1968 in Chicago, Illinois) is a former pro basketball player. ... Wally Szczerbiak at the free throw line. ... Kenny The Jet Smith (born March 8, 1965, in Queens, New York) is an American former pro basketball player and current TV announcer. ... In basketball, a three-point field goal, three-pointer, three-point shot, or, simply, three is a field goal made from beyond the three point line, a designated semi-ellipsoid arc radiating from the basket. ...

Contents

1995 NBA Finals Roster

1995 Houston Rockets

Head Coach:Rudy Tomjanovich
Hakeem Olajuwon | Clyde Drexler | Kenny Smith | Robert Horry | Sam Cassell | Mario Elie | Carl Herrera | Vernon Maxwell | Chucky Brown | Pete Chilcutt | Tracy Murray | Tim Breaux | Zan Tabak | Charles Jones | Adrian Caldwell | Rudy Tomjanovich Rudolph Tomjanovich (born November 24, 1948 in Hamtramck, Michigan), nicknamed Rudy T., is best known as a basketball player and coach. ... Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (born Akeem Abdul Olajuwon on January 21, 1963 in Lagos, Nigeria) is a former professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. ... Clyde Austin Drexler (born June 22, 1962 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American former National Basketball Association shooting guard. ... Kenny The Jet Smith (born March 8, 1965, in Queens, New York) is an American former pro basketball player and current TV announcer. ... Robert Horry (born August 25, 1970 in Hartford, Maryland) is an American NBA basketball player recognized as one of the greatest clutch players in modern NBA history. ... Samuel (Sam) James Cassell (born November 18, 1969 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American basketball point guard who currently plays for the NBAs Los Angeles Clippers. ... Mario Antoine Elie (born November 26, 1963 in New York City, United States) is a former professional basketball player. ... Carl Victor Herrera (born December 14, 1966 in Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago) is a former NBA basketball player who was part of the Houston Rockets championship teams of the mid-1990s. ... Vernon Maxwell (born September 12, 1965 in Gainesville, Florida) is a former professional basketball player who played in the NBA from 1989-2001, with his longest tenure being with the Houston Rockets. ... Clarence Chucky Brown (b. ... Peter Shawn Chilcutt, (born September 14, 1968 in Sumter, South Carolina), a former NBA player, was taken as a first round draft pick in 1991 by the Sacramento following a college career at UNC. Chilcutt played forward for seven teams over a nine year professional career that spanned from the... Tracy Lamonte Murray (born July 25, 1971 in Los Angeles, California) is a former professional basketballer in the National Basketball Association who played for six different NBA franchises and two Greek clubs. ... Timothy (Tim) Breaux (born September 19, 1970 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is an American professional basketball player. ... Zan Tabak became the first player in Toronto Raptors history to score an NBA point. ... Charles Jones may refer to: Charles Edward Jones (1952–2001), former member of NASAs astronaut group, victim of the September 11, 2001 attacks Chuck Jones (1912–2002), American animator Charlie Jones (1899–1966), Welsh football (soccer) player Charles Jones, American basketball player (born 1957) Charles Jones, American basketball player...


1995 Orlando Magic

Head Coach:Brian Hill
Shaquille O'Neal | Anfernee Hardaway | Nick Anderson | Horace Grant | Dennis Scott | Donald Royal | Brian Shaw | Anthony Bowie | Jeff Turner | Geert Hammink | Anthony Avent | Darrell Armstrong | Brooks Thompson | Tree Rollins | Keith Tower | There have been several people named Brian Hill: Brian Hill, an NBA basketball coach Brian Hill, a chef and contestant on the reality television program Top Chef Brian Hill, Media technology specialist at Claremont Mckenna College in Claremont, CA Brian Hill, Tall Guy in Oregon Brian Hill, Director of Public... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (born March 6, 1972), frequently referred to simply as Shaq, is one of the most famous American professional basketball players, generally regarded as one of the most dominant in the National Basketball Association. ... Anfernee Penny Hardaway (born July 18, 1971 in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American basketball player in the NBA for the New York Knicks. ... Nelison Nick Anderson (born January 20, 1968 in Chicago, Illinois) is a former pro basketball player. ... Horace Grant reaches the basket as a Chicago Bull Horace Junior Grant (born July 4, 1965 in Augusta, Georgia) is an American former professional basketball player. ... Dennis Scott (b. ... Donald Adam Royal (born May 22, 1966 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American former professional basketball player who was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 3rd round (52nd overall) of the 1987 NBA Draft. ... Brian K. Shaw (born March 22, 1966 in Oakland, California) is a former professional basketball player. ... Anthony Lee Bowie (born November 9, 1963 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is former NBA shooting guard, most renowned for his stint with the Orlando Magic. ... Jeffrey Steven Turner (born April 9, 1962 in Bangor, Maine) is a former professional basketball player. ... Geert Hendrik Hammink (born April 12, 1969 in Didam, Netherlands), is a former professional basketball player who was selected by the Orlando Magic in the 1st round (26th overall) of the 1993 NBA Draft. ... Anthony Avent (born October 18, 1969, in Rocky Mount, North Carolina) is an American former professional basketball player who was selected by the Atlanta Hawks in the 1st round (15th overall) of the 1991 NBA Draft. ... Darrell Eugene Armstrong (born June 22, 1968 in Gastonia, North Carolina) is an NBA basketball player. ... Brooks James Thompson (born July 19, 1970, in Dallas, Texas) is an American former professional basketball player who was selected by the Orlando Magic in the 1st round (27th overall) of the 1994 NBA Draft. ... Wayne Monte Rollins (born June 16, 1955 in Winter Haven, Florida) is a former professional basketball player who played 18 seasons in the National Basketball Association for the Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic. ... Keith Tower (born May 15, 1970 in Libby, Montana), is an American former professional basketball player. ...


Background

In a midseason trade with Portland, the Rockets obtained guard Clyde Drexler, who had played alongside Hakeem Olajuwon at the University of Houston. Houston struggled in the regular season, and they consequently entered the playoffs as a sixth seed in the Western Conference. They were not expected to defeat the 60-22 Utah Jazz in the first round, the 59-23 Phoenix Suns in the second round, or the 62-20 San Antonio Spurs (led by regular season Most Valuable Player David Robinson) in the Conference Finals. In fact, the Suns led the second-round series 2 games to 0 (just as they did in the same round the year before). However, Houston came back to win the last three games of the series, and then got past the Spurs to reach the Finals, where they were matched up with the Orlando Magic. With Shaquille O'Neal and Penny Hardaway, the Magic (with a 50-32 regular season record in the 1993-94 season) were expected to win the championship. In the 1994-95 season, the Magic's sixth season, after acquiring rebounder Horace Grant as a free agent from the Chicago Bulls, Orlando compiled a 57-25 record, which was the best in the East. On their way to the Finals, the Magic defeated the Boston Celtics, Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls, and the Indiana Pacers. The Portland Trail Blazers, or Blazers, are a professional basketball team based in Portland, Oregon. ... Clyde Austin Drexler (born June 22, 1962 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American former National Basketball Association shooting guard. ... Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (born Akeem Abdul Olajuwon on January 21, 1963 in Lagos, Nigeria) is a former professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. ... The University of Houston, formerly University of Houston–University Park, is a comprehensive doctoral degree-granting university[1] located in Houston, Texas. ... The Western Conference of the National Basketball Association is made up of fifteen teams, and organized in three divisions of five teams each. ... The Utah Jazz are a professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. ... The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team, based in the Phoenix, Arizona. ... It has been suggested that San Antonio Gunslingers (ABA) be merged into this article or section. ... The National Basketball Association first named a Most Valuable Player after the 1955-56 NBA season. ... David Robinson may refer to: david robinson former Irish Army soldier David Robinson (basketball), former NBA player (b. ... The National Basketball Association Conference Finals occur at the conclusion of the NBA Playoffs when the final four teams in the Eastern and Western Conferences face off. ... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (born March 6, 1972), frequently referred to simply as Shaq, is one of the most famous American professional basketball players, generally regarded as one of the most dominant in the National Basketball Association. ... Anfernee Deon (Penny) Hardaway (born July 18, 1971 in Memphis, Tennessee) is a 6 7 (2. ... The 1993-94 NBA season was the 48th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Horace Grant reaches the basket as a Chicago Bull Horace Junior Grant (born July 4, 1965 in Augusta, Georgia) is an American former professional basketball player. ... The Chicago Bulls are a professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... For other persons named Michael Jordan, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation). ... The Indiana Pacers are a professional basketball team that plays in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...


Series Summary

Game Date Home Team Result Road Team
Game 1 June 7 Orlando 120-118 Houston
Game 2 June 9 Orlando 117-106 Houston
Game 3 June 11 Houston 106-103 Orlando
Game 4 June 14 Houston 113-101 Orlando

Rockets win series 4-0


Olajuwon vs. O'Neal

Although both centers played well, Olajuwon is generally considered to have thoroughly dominated O'Neal. Olajuwon outscored O'Neal in every game of the series and became of the few players in NBA history to score at least 30 points in every game of an NBA Finals series:[1][2]

1995 NBA Finals Gm 1 Gm 2 Gm 3 Gm 4 Totals
Hakeem Olajuwon 31 34 31 35 32.8 ppg
Shaquille O'Neal 26 33 28 25 28.0 ppg

By winning his second straight NBA Finals MVP award, Hakeem Olajuwon became the sixth player to win the award on multiple occasions, joining Willis Reed, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Michael Jordan. Jordan and Olajuwon at the time were the only players to win the award consecutively. Later, O'Neal himself would go on to win the award in three consecutive seasons with the Lakers (2000-02). Points per game, often abbreviated PPG, is the average number of points scored by a player in a sport, over the course of a whole season or career. ... Willis Reed Jr. ... For the football player, see Abdul-Karim al-Jabbar. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Larry Joe Bird (born December 7, 1956) is an American former NBA basketball player, widely considered one of the greatest players to ever play, and one of the best clutch performers in the history of sports. ... For other persons named Michael Jordan, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation). ...


Quote of the Finals

  • "Don't ever underestimate the heart of a champion!" - Houston Rockets head coach Rudy Tomjanovich

Rudy Tomjanovich Rudolph Tomjanovich (born November 24, 1948 in Hamtramck, Michigan), nicknamed Rudy T., is best known as a basketball player and coach. ...

References

  1. ^ hollywoodsportsbook.com, History of the NBA Finals: Hakeem Olajuwon: The NBA’s Best In The Mid ’90s, accessed February 16, 2007
  2. ^ Basketball.com, NBA Finals Records, accessed February 16, 2007
Preceded by
1994 NBA Finals
NBA Finals
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Succeeded by
1996 NBA Finals

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