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The 1985–86 Houston Rockets season saw the Rockets lose the 1986 NBA Finals to the Larry Bird-led Boston Celtics in six games.

1985–86 Houston Rockets season
Conference champions
Division champions
Head coachBill Fitch
ArenaThe Summit
Results
Record51–31 (.622)
PlaceDivision: 1st (Midwest)
Conference: 2nd (Western)
Playoff finishNBA Finals
(Lost to Celtics 2–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionKTXH
Home Sports Entertainment
RadioKTRH
< 1984–85 1986–87 >

In the playoffs, the Rockets swept the Sacramento Kings in three games in the First Round, then defeated the Denver Nuggets in six games in the Semifinals, before dethroning the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers in five games in the Conference Finals after Ralph Sampson hit a 20-foot jumper as time expired in game five at The Forum to reach the NBA Finals.

In the NBA Finals, the Rockets faced off against the Boston Celtics in a rematch of the 1981 NBA Finals, where the Celtics won in six games. Just like in their previous NBA Finals meeting, the Rockets would lose in six games against the Celtics.

Draft picksEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 19 Steve Harris SG   United States Tulsa
3 54 Sam Mitchell SF   United States Mercer
3 57 Michael Payne   United States Iowa
4 88 Mike Brooks   United States Tennessee
6 134 Sam Potter   United States Oral Roberts

RosterEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Midwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Houston Rockets 51 31 .622 36–5 15–26 20–10
x-Denver Nuggets 47 35 .573 4 34–7 13–28 15–15
x-Dallas Mavericks 44 38 .537 7 26–15 18–23 16–14
x-Utah Jazz 42 40 .512 9 27–14 15–26 15–15
x-Sacramento Kings 37 45 .451 14 25–16 12–29 15–15
x-San Antonio Spurs 35 47 .427 16 21–20 14–27 9–21
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-Los Angeles Lakers 62 20 .756
2 y-Houston Rockets 51 31 .622 11
3 x-Denver Nuggets 47 35 .573 15
4 x-Dallas Mavericks 44 38 .537 18
5 x-Utah Jazz 42 40 .512 20
6 x-Portland Trail Blazers 40 42 .488 22
7 x-Sacramento Kings 37 45 .451 25
8 x-San Antonio Spurs 35 47 .427 27
9 Phoenix Suns 32 50 .390 30
10 Los Angeles Clippers 32 50 .390 30
11 Seattle SuperSonics 31 51 .378 31
12 Golden State Warriors 30 52 .366 32


Record vs. opponentsEdit

1985-86 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MIL NJN NYK PHI PHO POR SAC SAS SEA UTA WAS
Atlanta 0–6 5–1 4–2 1–1 1–1 4–2 1–1 1–1 5–1 2–0 1–1 3–3 4–2 5–1 4–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–4
Boston 6–0 5–1 5–1 1–1 1–1 4–1 2–0 2–0 5–1 2–0 2–0 5–0 4–2 5–1 4–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 5–1
Chicago 1–5 1–5 3–3 0–2 2–0 2–4 2–0 1–1 3–3 1–1 0–2 1–5 2–3 4–2 1–5 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–4
Cleveland 2–4 1–5 3–3 1–1 1–1 1–5 0–2 0–2 3–2 1–1 1–1 1–5 3–3 4–1 0–6 2–0 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–5
Dallas 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–3 0–2 4–1 1–5 2–0 2–3 1–4 0–2 2–0 1–1 0–2 5–0 2–3 3–3 4–2 3–2 5–1 1–1
Denver 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–3 1–1 3–2 3–3 2–0 4–1 3–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 4–1 3–2 3–3 3–3 2–3 3–3 2–0
Detroit 2–4 1–4 4–2 5–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 5–1 2–0 1–1 2–4 4–2 4–1 2–4 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 4–2
Golden State 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–4 2–3 1–1 0–5 1–1 5–1 2–4 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–4 1–5 2–3 2–3 2–4 2–3 1–1
Houston 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 5–1 3–3 1–1 5–0 2–0 3–2 1–4 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–2 3–2 4–2 5–1 3–2 3–3 2–0
Indiana 1–5 1–5 3–3 2–3 0–2 0–2 1–5 1–1 0–2 2–0 0–2 2–4 2–3 2–4 0–6 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–0 0–2 5–1
L.A. Clippers 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 3–2 1–4 0–2 1–5 2–3 0–2 2–4 1–1 2–0 2–0 0–2 2–4 2–4 5–0 1–4 3–3 3–2 0–2
L.A. Lakers 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 4–1 2–3 1–1 4–2 4–1 2–0 4–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 5–1 6–0 5–0 4–1 4–2 5–0 2–0
Milwaukee 3–3 0–5 5–1 5–1 2–0 0–2 4–2 2–0 2–0 4–2 1–1 0–2 4–2 6–0 4–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 4–2
New Jersey 2–4 2–4 3–2 3–3 0–2 1–1 2–4 1–1 1–1 3–2 0–2 1–1 2–4 5–1 2–4 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–4
New York 1–5 1–5 2–4 1–4 1–1 1–1 1–4 1–1 0–2 4–2 0–2 1–1 0–6 1–5 0–6 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 3–3
Philadelphia 1–4 2–4 5–1 6–0 2–0 1–1 4–2 1–1 1–1 6–0 2–0 0–2 1–4 4–2 6–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–3
Phoenix 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–5 1–4 2–0 4–2 2–3 1–1 4–2 1–5 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 2–4 2–3 3–2 5–1 1–4 1–1
Portland 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–2 2–3 1–1 5–1 2–3 2–0 4–2 0–6 0–2 0–2 2–0 0–2 4–2 3–2 1–4 5–1 2–3 0–2
Sacramento 0–2 1–1 2–0 0–2 3–3 3–3 2–0 3–2 2–4 2–0 0–5 0–5 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 3–2 2–3 5–1 5–0 2–4 1–1
San Antonio 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–4 3–3 1–1 3–2 1–5 1–1 4–1 1–4 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–3 4–1 1–5 2–3 2–4 2–0
Seattle 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–3 3–2 0–2 4–2 2–3 0–2 3–3 2–4 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–5 1–5 0–5 3–2 2–3 1–1
Utah 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–5 3–3 1–1 3–2 3–3 2–0 2–3 0–5 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–1 4–1 3–2 4–2 4–2 3–2 1–1
Washington 4–1 1–5 4–1 5–1 1–1 0–2 2–4 1–1 0–2 1–5 2–0 0–2 2–4 4–2 3–3 3–3 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1

Game logEdit

Regular seasonEdit

1985–86 game log
Total: 51–31 (Home: 36–5; Road: 15–26)
1985–86 schedule

PlayoffsEdit

1986 playoff game log
1986 playoff schedule

PlayoffsEdit

West First RoundEdit

(2) Houston Rockets vs. (7) Sacramento Kings:Rockets win series 3–0

  • Game 1 @ The Summit, Houston (April 17): Houston 107, Sacramento 87
  • Game 2 @ The Summit, Houston (April 19): Houston 111, Sacramento 103
  • Game 3 @ ARCO Arena I, Sacramento (April 22): Houston 113, Sacramento 98

Last Playoff Meeting: 1981 Western Conference Finals (Houston won 4–1; Kings were in Kansas City, Missouri)

West Conference SemifinalsEdit

(2) Houston Rockets vs. (3) Denver Nuggets: Rockets win series 4–2

Last Playoff Meeting: This is the first meeting between the Rockets and Nuggets.

West Conference FinalsEdit

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (2) Houston Rockets: Rockets win series 4–1

  • Game 1 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (May 10): Los Angeles 119, Houston 107
  • Game 2 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (May 13): Houston 112, Los Angeles 102
  • Game 3 @ The Summit, Houston (May 16): Houston 117, Los Angeles 109
  • Game 4 @ The Summit, Houston (May 18): Houston 105, Los Angeles 95
  • Game 5 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (May 21): Houston 114, Los Angeles 112

Last Playoff Meeting: 1981 Western Conference First Round (Houston won 2–1)

NBA FinalsEdit

Game Date Home Team Result Road Team
Game 1 May 26 Boston 112–100 Houston
Game 2 May 29 Boston 117–95 Houston
Game 3 June 1 Houston 106–104 Boston
Game 4 June 3 Houston 103–106 Boston
Game 5 June 5 Houston 111–96 Boston
Game 6 June 8 Boston 114–97 Houston

Boston beats Houston 4–2

Player statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game

SeasonEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Craig Ehlo 36 0 5.5 .429 .333 .793 1.3 .8 .3 .1 2.7
Steve Harris 57 0 8.5 .442 .200 .926 1.0 .9 .4 .1 4.5
Allen Leavell 74 12 16.1 .463 .358 .854 .9 3.2 .8 .1 7.9
Lewis Lloyd 82 82 29.8 .529 .200 .843 4.0 3.7 1.2 .3 16.9
John Lucas, Jr. 65 65 32.6 .446 .308 .775 2.2 8.8 1.2 .1 15.5
Rodney McCray 82 82 31.8 .537 .000 .770 6.3 3.6 .6 .7 10.3
Hank McDowell 22 0 9.3 .571 .000 .680 2.2 .3 .0 .1 3.0
Akeem Olajuwon 68 68 36.3 .526 .000 .645 11.5 2.0 2.0 3.4 23.5
Jim Petersen 82 20 20.3 .477 .000 .706 4.8 1.0 .5 .7 6.2
Robert Reid 82 5 26.3 .464 .182 .757 3.7 2.7 1.1 .2 12.0
Ralph Sampson 79 76 36.3 .488 .133 .461 11.1 3.6 1.3 1.6 18.9
Granville Waiters 43 0 3.6 .333 .000 .167 .7 .2 .1 .2 .6
Mitchell Wiggins 78 0 15.4 .454 .083 .729 2.0 1.3 .8 .1 6.8

PlayoffsEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

Awards and recordsEdit

AwardsEdit

RecordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

TradesEdit

Free agentsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit