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1985–86 Houston Rockets season


Dec 16, 2021

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 coach Bill Fitch
General manager Ray Patterson
Owner(s) Charlie Thomas
Arena The Summit
Record 5131 (.622)
Place Division: 1st (Midwest)
Conference: 2nd (Western)
Playoff finish NBA Finals
(Lost to Celtics 2–4)

Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Local media
Television KTXH
Home Sports Entertainment
Radio KTRH
 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 heavily favored[1]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.

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Main article: 1985 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College/Club team
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

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