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1995–96 Houston Rockets season

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Record  48–34 (.585)
Head coach  Rudy Tomjanovich
Period  1995 – 1996
Place  Division: 3rd (Midwest) Conference: 5th (Western)
Playoff finish  West Conference Semifinals (eliminated by SuperSonics 0-4)
Arena  Lakewood Church Central Campus
Similar  1994–95 Houston Rockets s, 1995–96 NBA season, 1995–96 Chicago Bulls sea

The 1995–96 NBA season was the Rockets' 29th season in the National Basketball Association, and 25th season in Houston. After two straight NBA championships, the Rockets got new colors, new uniforms, and a new logo which was actually unveiled aboard the Space Shuttle. The Rockets got off to a fast start winning ten of their first eleven games. However, injuries would be an issue all year as Clyde Drexler, Sam Cassell and Mario Elie were all out for long stretches. Midway through the season, the team signed free agent Sam Mack, who previously played in the Continental Basketball Association. Despite the injuries and a 7-game losing streak in March, the Rockets finished third in the Midwest Division with a 48–34 record, with Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon both being selected for the 1996 NBA All-Star Game.


In the first round of the playoffs, the Rockets defeated the 4th-seeded Los Angeles Lakers in four games. However, they would be swept in the semifinals by the Seattle SuperSonics in four straight games. Following the season, Cassell and Robert Horry were both traded to the Phoenix Suns, and Kenny Smith signed as a free agent with the Detroit Pistons.

The new logo and uniforms remained until 2003.

z – clinched division title y – clinched division title x – clinched playoff spot

West First Round

(4) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (5) Houston Rockets Last Playoff Meeting: 1991 Western Conference First Round (Houston won 3-0)

West Conference Semifinals

(1) Seattle SuperSonics vs. (5) Houston Rockets Last Playoff Meeting: 1993 Western Conference Semifinals (Seattle won 4-3)

*Required overtime


  • Hakeem Olajuwon, All-NBA Second Team
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  • References

    1995–96 Houston Rockets season Wikipedia

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