NBA History: Better Rockets Moment, Elie's Kiss of Death or Dream's Tip-In?

Vinny Hardy@ IAugust 4, 2012

NBA History: Better Rockets Moment, Elie's Kiss of Death or Dream's Tip-In?

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    These just might be the two most unforgettable moments from the Houston Rockets 1995 title run.  

    Both occurred in intense, critical pressure-packed situations where a play absolutely had to be made.  

    How can you pick one?  Is it even possible?

    Not sure, but it will be fun trying.  Check out the following slides and let's break them down.

Super Mario

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    The fact that Elie does this in a game seven makes it that much more unbelievable and all the more enjoyable.

    If this shot doesn't go down, a Rockets repeat is highly unlikely. They had barely survived the Jazz series in the first round.

    They were staring overtime in the face in Phoenix with the added weight of trying to overcome a 3-1 deficit as a six seed nonetheless.

    Elie's cold blooded dagger eliminated all thoughts of that.  It catapulted the team, enabling them to catch fire and build the necessary momentum required to defend a title.

    We all remember how the following series with the Spurs and Magic played out.

Dream Being Dream

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    In hindsight, the Orlando series wasn't as grueling as the Knicks series in '94.

    But a lot of credit has to go to Olajuwon for that.  If the young Magic had somehow found a way to win this opening game the series would have been drastically different.

    Shaq, Penny and the rest of the Magic would have just held serve at home against the defending champs.

    That would have been huge for them going forward.

    Dream's tip-in negated all of that, deflated the Magic and their fans, and gave Houston control the rest of the way despite there being a couple more close games in the series.

    Rockets fans, there's no wrong answer, which play are you taking?