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1980–81 Houston Rockets season

1980–81 Houston Rockets season
Western Conference Champions
Head coach Del Harris
Arena The Summit
Results
Record 40–42 (.488)
Place Division: 2nd (Midwest)
Conference: 5th (Western)
Playoff finish NBA Finals
(Eliminated 2-4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
< 1979–80 1981–82 >

The 1980–81 Houston Rockets season saw the Rockets lose the NBA Finals.

Draft picks

Main article: 1980 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
2 27 John Stroud  United States Mississippi
[1]

Roster

Depth chart

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Moses Malone Bill Willoughby
PF Billy Paultz Major Jones
SF Robert Reid Calvin Garrett Rudy Tomjanovich
John Stroud
SG Mike Dunleavy Allen Leavell
PG Tom Henderson Calvin Murphy

Regular season

In the 1980-81 season, after the newly established Dallas Mavericks became the third NBA team in Texas,[2] the NBA restructured the conferences and sent the Rockets, who had previously played in the Eastern Conference, to the Midwest Division of the Western Conference. In Harris's second season, Houston tied with Kansas City for second place in the Midwest Division behind San Antonio with a 40-42 record, and qualified for the playoffs with just one game left.[3] During the season, Murphy set two NBA records, by sinking 78 consecutive free throws to break Rick Barry's mark of 60 set in 1976, and achieving a free-throw percentage of .958, breaking Barry's record set with the Rockets in 1979.[4]

Season standings

Midwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-San Antonio Spurs 52 30 .634 34–7 18–23 21–9
x-Kansas City Kings 40 42 .488 12.0 24–17 16–25 19–11
x-Houston Rockets 40 42 .488 12.0 25–16 15–26 19–11
Denver Nuggets 37 45 .451 15.0 23–18 14–27 13–17
Utah Jazz 28 54 .341 24.0 20–21 8–33 13–17
Dallas Mavericks 15 67 .183 37.0 11–30 4–37 5–25

Notes

  • z, y – division champions
  • x – clinched playoff spot

Game log

Playoffs

West First Round

(3) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (6) Houston Rockets: Rockets win series 2-1

  • Game 1 @ Los Angeles: Houston 111, Los Angeles 107
  • Game 2 @ Houston: Los Angeles 111, Houston 106
  • Game 3 @ Los Angeles: Houston 89, Los Angeles 86

West Conference Semifinals

(2) San Antonio Spurs vs. (6) Houston Rockets: Rockets win series 4-3

  • Game 1 @ San Antonio: Houston 107, San Antonio 98
  • Game 2 @ San Antonio: San Antonio 125, Houston 113
  • Game 3 @ Houston: Houston 112, San Antonio 99
  • Game 4 @ Houston: San Antonio 114, Houston 112
  • Game 5 @ San Antonio: Houston 123, San Antonio 117
  • Game 6 @ Houston: San Antonio 101, Houston 96
  • Game 7 @ San Antonio: Houston 105, San Antonio 100

West Conference Finals

(5) Kansas City Kings vs. (6) Houston Rockets: Rockets win series 4-1

  • Game 1 @ Kansas City: Houston 97, Kansas City 78
  • Game 2 @ Kansas City: Kansas City 88, Houston 79
  • Game 3 @ Houston: Houston 92, Kansas City 88
  • Game 4 @ Houston: Houston 100, Kansas City 89
  • Game 5 @ Kansas City: Houston 97, Kansas City 88

NBA Finals

Game Date Home Team Away Team Score
1 May 5 Boston Celtics Houston Rockets 98-95
2 May 7 Boston Celtics Houston Rockets 90-92
3 May 9 Houston Rockets Boston Celtics 71-94
4 May 10 Houston Rockets Boston Celtics 91-86
5 May 12 Boston Celtics Houston Rockets 109-80
6 May 14 Houston Rockets Boston Celtics 91-102
  • Boston Celtics win series in 6 games (4-2)

Player statistics

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

Season

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Moses Malone 80 40.6 1.9 27.8
Calvin Murphy 76 26.5 0.1 16.7
Robert Reid 82 36.1 0.8 15.9
Rudy Tomjanovich 52 24.3 0.1 11.6
Mike Dunleavy 74 21.7 0.0 10.5
Allen Leavell 79 21.3 0.2 8.1
[5]

Playoffs

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

Awards and records

Awards

Records

Transactions

Trades

Free Agents

See also

References

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