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Houston Rockets Finally Blast Off Without Tracy McGrady

Published by on May 1, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

Twelve years of choke jobs, embarrassment and playoff futility ended emphatically Thursday night when the Houston Rockets thumped the Portland Trail Blazers 92-76.

The Houston Rockets last won a playoff series in 1997. Then, Rockets commentators Clyde Drexler and Matt Bullard still played for the team.

Hakeem Olajuwon still muscled in 20 and 10. John Stockton would beat them that year with a heartbreaking trey. Karl Malone and Stockton would lose to Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls in the NBA Finals.

That's how long ago it was.

Stockton's game-winner acted as the precursor to the curse. For 12 long, arduous years, the Rockets stumbled and could not get up again.

They either missed th...

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