Rockets Improbably Win Division, Face Dallas in Round One

A lot can change in a week in the NBA. Just 10 days ago, the Rockets lost in San Antonio and went from the number two seed in the brutal Western Conference all the way down to six, giving up home court advantage in the process. The dropped the next game at home against those same Spurs and it appeared that those two teams might face each other in the first round of the playoffs, not a terribly appealing prospect considering the losses and the fact the Rockets would open on the road.

Then, as they so often do in sports, things changed. After beating the Utah Jazz at Toyota Center on Wednesday night, fans remained in the building to watch the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Spurs and send the Rockets back to the two spot, a place they had occupied for much of the last two months with the notable exception of the past 10 days.

But, let's go back a bit. The last time the Rockets finished the season atop the division, Hakeem Olajuwon was the center and Rudy Tomjanovich was the coach. OK, maybe not that far back.

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Jeff Balke is a writer, editor, photographer, tech expert and native Houstonian. He has written for a wide range of publications and co-authored the official 50th anniversary book for the Houston Rockets.
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