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Hakeem Olajuwon vs. Spurs 1995 West Final Game 2

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Published on Apr 12, 2008

I think most NBA fans know what happened here, but just to reset the situation, here's what was going on.

The Rockets had gone just 47-35 in a difficult West, but had shocked Utah and Phoenix in the previous two rounds while coming from behind. They stole Game 1 against the deep and powerful Spurs, led by MVP David Robinson and a deep bench (featuring Chuck Person, J.R. Reid, Doc Rivers, Willie Anderson and Terry Cummings) on a Robert Horry three-pointer. Whatever. Game 1 is always important, but there have been countless times where the underdog took Game 1, only to lose Game 2 and the series (see Bulls/Pistons 1989, Sixers/Lakers 2001). Game 2 is usually where the favorite takes command and gets back into the series.

Except Hakeem wouldn't let the Spurs do it. He completely dominated David Robinson and led the Rockets to a 106-96 win, allowing Houston to take control of the series.

The craziest thing about this game is that David Robinson didn't play that badly. He started off extremely poorly, however, which allowed Houston to stay in it despite Olajuwon's own struggles. Had Robinson come out stronger, my guess is this would have been a blowout. Instead, Houston was able to stick around, and they took control by the end of the second quarter.

Announcers: It's the local Spurs broadcast, so I don't know.

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