The Rockets organization joined the NBA for the 1967-68 season, originally as the San Diego Rockets—though they would settle in Houston four seasons later. Though the Rockets made the playoffs twice in the franchise’s first nine seasons, they didn’t have a winning record until the Rockets’ 10th year. Through much of the 1970s and the first half of the 1980s the Rockets were in and out of the playoffs, but Houston did make a run to the NBA Finals on the back of future Hall-of-Famer Moses Malone. Prior to the start of the 1984-85 season, the Rockets received the boost they needed to become one of the preeminent franchises in the NBA when they selected center Hakeem Olajuwon with the first overall pick in the NBA Draft. Olajuwon teamed with fellow center Ralph Sampson to lead the Rockets to the NBA Finals again in the 1985-86 season, but it wouldn’t be until 1994 that Olajuwon won his first championship. The next season the Rockets added All-Star guard Clyde Drexler from the Portland Trailblazers mid-season en route to winning another championship. The Rockets have retired the numbers of five players in the team’s history. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Houston Rockets basketball tickets.
2016 Rockets Season Preview
The Houston Rockets had a breakthrough season last year, winning their first NBA playoff series since 2008, and reached the Western Conference finals for the first time since 1997. The Rockets enter the 2015 season looking to take that next step towards a 3rd NBA title. The core of the 2015 Houston Rockets roster remains the same as a season ago, with the focus of the team on the star duo of James Harden and Dwight Howard. The Rockets will hope for increased production out of Trevor Ariza, to make up for the hole left by the departure of Josh Smith. But the hopes of the Rockets will once again rise and fall with the play of James Harden. Harden has evolved into one of the premier players in the NBA and will look to guide Houston through a relentless Western Conference schedule.
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Houston Rockets Basketball at Toyota Center Address: 1510 Polk St, Houston, Texas, 77002
The Rockets play their home games at the Toyota Center, located in Houston, Texas. When filled to capacity, the Toyota Center holds more than 18 thousand screaming fans. While at the game go to the Memorial Hermann Sky Court, where you can play games and get to know Rockets history a little bit better. The Houston Rockets home bench is on the Toyota Center court side in front of section 119. Toyota Center parking information is covered in our Rockets event guide.
Rockets vs. Timberwolves
These two teams have met over 95 times throughout the years with the Rockets holding the edge. The highlight of this matchup came in 1997 when both teams met in the first round of the Western Conference Playoffs. The Rockets-T’Wolves rivalry will only continue to get better in the years to come.
With two teams that play in the same state and have taken turns dominating the Western Conference, it is only natural for it to become a fierce rivalry. Superstars like as Hakeem Olajuwon, Charles Barkley, David Robinson, and Tim Duncan have graced this rivalry which has only heightened the significance of this matchup. The highlight of the rivalry came when both teams met in the 1995 Western Conference Finals on the Rockets way to an NBA title.
This rivalry has evolved into one of the better matchups in the NBA. As in-state foes, the intensity level is always at its highest when the Rockets and Mavs meet. This matchup reached its climax in 2005 when the teams faced each other in the playoffs. With both teams playing in the Western Conference and the bitterness of being regional neighbors, this rivalry will only heighten in future seasons.
Rockets vs. Trail Blazers
With over 185 total games between these two teams with the Rockets holding the edge in the series matchup, there is no secret as to who has the upper hand thus far. Throughout the years, the two teams have faced each other in the playoffs multiple times with the Rockets again dominating. This matchup will only become more heated in upcoming years as the Rockets become a premier team in the NBA once again.
Rockets in the NBA Finals, Western Conference Championships and NBA Playoffs
The Rockets have established themselves as one of the best franchises in the NBA with multiple NBA championships over the years. Houston has also won three Western Conference Championships to go along with their multiple division titles. The Rockets have seen stars such as Moses Malone, Clyde Drexler, and Hakeem Olajuwon wear the team colors throughout the years that help them stand above most organizations in the NBA.
Houston Rockets Event Guide
What time do gates open prior to tipoff for a Rockets game?
The doors at Toyota Center open 1 hour prior to tipoff for weeknight games, and 1.5 hours before tipoff for weekend games. Some of the most prolific big men of all time have played for the Rockets and coming early offers you the chance to see some incredible dunks in pre-game shoot-around.
Can I buy Houston Rockets season tickets?
Houston Rockets season tickets are available to buy until tipoff of their home opener. Check our listings above or call us if you would like to purchase Rockets season tickets. Let us know if you want a particular section at Toyota Center.
Where are some good places to eat before a Rockets game?
For a truly unique Houston experience, try The Hubcap Grill. Their original downtown location is quaint and laid back, and their burgers will not disappoint. If you are looking for Mexican food try Irma’s. The walls are covered from floor to ceiling with fun knick-knacks and it is some of the best Tex-Mex around. Houston is known for having great Asian food, Goro & Gun, and Huynh are both worth checking out. If you are feeling adventurous try Bombay Pizza. The Indian-Italian fusion is incredibly unique and satisfying. Other good places are Reef, Mkt Bar, and Batanga.
Where can I find the 2015-2016 Houston Rockets schedule?
The Rockets 2015-2016 schedule is listed as soon as it is announced by the NBA. The Rockets play in the Southwest Division of the Western Conference, which means games against the San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, and New Orleans Pelicans. Game times are announced by the NBA as soon as the TV schedule is set. Houston Rockets’ home opener against the Charlotte Bobcats is typically one of the most popular games. If you are looking for Rockets news or scores, then visit our partners at CBS Sports. They are also a good source for the official Houston Rockets team roster.
Where are good places to park at Toyota Center?
The most convenient place to park is the large 2,500 spot garage adjacent to the arena. These places fill up quick so we recommend coming early or purchasing a parking pass. There are many other parking lots in the area, try looking to the north, or northwest of the arena as this is where the highest concentration of lots are. If you aren’t afraid of walking, try circling downtown for a street spot. Although inconsistent, this could be a great way to save a few dollars. The Metro also lets off close to Toyota Center and will allow you to bypass parking all together.
How can I buy cheap Houston Rockets tickets?
TicketCity offers a big selection of Houston Rockets tickets which include some of the lowest priced seats on the market. Rockets tickets fluctuate based on demand and opponent. Marquee Western Conference opponents, like the Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks, and Oklahoma City Thunder can drive up home game prices. While cheap tickets are more plentiful for non-conference opponents. Those early season games may offer best opportunity to purchase Rockets tickets near face value.
Does my child need a ticket to the Rockets game?
Any child under 36” tall can sit on a parents lap for the duration of the game. If you are bringing a child we recommend getting to the arena early to avoid any last minute hassles.