There have been several great moments in Rockets' history. There are too many to just make a top 10 list, so here's a handful that just missed the cut.
Houston Drafts Akeem Olajuwon First Overall in 1984
Houston finished with a miserable record of 29-53 in the 1983-84 season. Ralph Sampson received Rookie of the Year honors despite such a lackluster season for the Rockets.
The Rockets won the coin flip giving them the first pick in the 1984 NBA draft. They selected Akeem Olajuwon, center from the University of Houston, to pair up with Sampson and create the "Twin Towers."
Many would argue that the Rockets made a mistake by taking Olajuwon over Michael Jordan, but it's hard to be upset with Olajuwon's results. He won two championships and an MVP among many other awards in his Hall of Fame career. Jordan may be the best of all time, but Olajuwon isn't too far behind, and still had a great stint with the Rockets.
I can't defend the Portland Trail Blazers, however, for taking Sam Bowie second overall, one pick ahead of Jordan.
When Yao Met Shaq in 2003
When the Rockets took Yao Ming first overall in the 2002 draft, it changed the game forever. Basketball became a global icon, with Yao leading the charge.
The entire globe was watching when 7'6" Yao took on the original big man, 7'1" Shaquille O'Neal. The matchup was intensified when Shaq made some questionable comments about Asians.
On national television, Yao and Shaq went head-to-head in an epic battle of big men. Shaq finished with 31 points and 13 boards. Yao only had 10 points, but also tacked on 10 rebounds and six blocks. The Rockets won the game in overtime against the defending champion LA Lakers.
Tracy McGrady vs. Mavericks Game 2, 2005
In Tracy McGrady's first season in Houston, the Rockets won 51 games giving them the fifth seed in the West. Houston drew a first-round matchup against its rival Dallas Mavericks.
The Rockets lost a tough series in seven games, blowing a 2-0 series lead. Houston stole the first two games in Dallas, only to drop the next three. It was an unfortunate result in the series, but McGrady played like a superstar.
McGrady's stardom was most evident in Game 2 in Dallas. The most memorable play of that game was McGrady's disgusting posterization of the professional dunking target himself, 7'6" Shawn Bradley. Even the Dallas fans couldn't help themselves from gawking at T-Mac "sucking the gravity right out of the building."
What many people don't remember is that McGrady also hit the game-winning shot in this game. Dirk Nowitzki tied things up with his signature fadeaway, but the Rockets came right back without calling a timeout. T-Mac lined it up and drained the jumper, boosting the Rockets to a 2-0 series lead.
Carl Landry with the Block on Deron Williams in the 2008 Playoffs
Coming off of two straight home losses to start the series, the Rockets had their backs against the wall.
Yao Ming was out for the year, and McGrady was at the helm. In Utah, the Rockets amazingly held a one-point lead over the Jazz in the final seconds. Deron Williams drove to the hoop, only to be rejected by Carl Landry.
Landry was only a rookie that year, and had lost a tooth earlier in the game due to a Carlos Boozer elbow to the face. He still had the composure to not only get the game-saving block, but also to regain his balance, save the ball from going out of bounds, and pass it to his teammate Luis Scola.
The Rockets lost this series in six, but it would have ended much sooner had Landry not been there for the block in Game 3.
Yao Ming Comes Back from Injury to Upset the Lakers in 2009
The Rockets won their first playoff series in over a decade against the Blazers. They stole home-court advantage with a big win in Game 1 and never looked back, finishing off Portland in six. McGrady was out with an injury, but this was Yao Ming's team. The Rockets would go as far as Yao could carry them.
In the Western semis, the Rockets ran into the Los Angeles Lakers, the No. 1 seed out West and the heavy favorites in the series.
The Rockets looked to do the same thing they did in the Portland series and steal the opener on the road. The Rockets appeared to be on their way of doing just that until the Great Wall of Houston went down holding his knee.
Yao and Kobe bumped knees, sending Yao to the locker room, or so it seemed. Yao refused to leave the game, and came right back out from the tunnel to check in. Yao responded with a long jumper, outside of his typical range, sealing a road victory for the Rockets.
Yao went down for good after Game 3 and missed the entire following season. The Rockets played admirably for the rest of the Laker series, including some big plays and a couple of wins, only to fall short in Game 7 in L.A.
Houston Rockets Tie the Three-Point Record in 2013
One night against the Golden State Warriors last season, the Rockets poured in 23 threes in a 140-109 rout. That stat tied the Orlando Magic record for most threes in a single NBA game by one team.
That Magic team had Dwight Howard in the center, so maybe the Rockets can come close to breaking the record again this year. The Warriors were intentionally fouling the Rockets near the end of the game so that they could not break the record.
Nine different Rockets made a triple that night. It was raining threes in the Toyota Center, and it looks to be that way for a while.