By: Kiersten Ehr
Gist of it:
Today the Houston Rockets beat the Los Angeles Clippers 113-100 at the Toyota Center in Houston in front of thousands of energetic Clutch City fans (for people who do not know what Clutch City refers to it is the nickname for the Rockets in 1994-1995 for winning Championships back to back).
I asked a few of my Rockets friends to share their thoughts on the epic win- here is their story. I hope you enjoy learning more about the Rockets.
“The crowd is great at the Toyota Center, a lot of positive energy. James Harden is my favorite because he’s the MVP (most valuable player) no matter what the world says. He’s really connected with the fans. Every national analyst is biased against them, that’s why people think we’re the underdogs. We as fans enjoy that social media etc. they don’t believe in us and it just gives us more reason to prove them wrong.”
– Jacob Bonnington
“This series has been an amazing roller coaster ride. Everybody believed that the Clippers were going to win this series especially with them being 3-1, but my Rockets showed heart and determination and showed the world that ‘Clutch City’ is back.”
– Michael Burgower
“This year marks the 20th anniversary of our back to back championships, which was a great time in Houston Sports history.The Rockets back to back championships in 1994, 1995. And after today’s win, we finally feel a few steps closer to bringing back another championship to Houston. We are the 4th team in NBA history to come back from almost elimination.”
– Dan Sedd
“This was a team that was thought to have no heart and after back to back blowouts in Games 3 and 4. But when they could’ve gone down quietly, they came together as a team. As cliche as it sounds, it literally took every player on the team to be just the ninth team in the NBA history to come back from down 3-1 in the series. Whether it was Ariza knocking down three after three, Priginoni (who was too old) creating havoc on the defense and creating offense with his hustle, Jason Terry (who’s washed up) and his defense on CP3 (Chris Paul), Corey Brewer bringing hustle and energy, or Josh Smith transforming his game after coming to Houston and becoming a do-everything guy who orchestrated their entire comeback in Game 6 and was key again in Game 7. Every player who stepped on the floor contributed to this historic comeback. It was beautiful to watch.”
– Landon Kuhlmann
The Houston Rockets will enjoy this victory as well as the loyal fans– but they will have to play at the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, California on Tuesday, May 19th at 9:00 p.m. CT on ESPN for Game 1 in the final four round.