(My bad. I totally missed posting this on Wednesday. Okay, so before you read this, pretend today is Wednesday, May 20. Work with me people…)
20 years ago today, on May 20, 1995, one of the most improbable upsets in NBA history occurred at America West Arena, when the Houston Rockets defeated the Phoenix Suns in game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals after being down 3 games to 1.
From Wikipedia: “The highlight of Elie’s career came when he hit a clutch three-pointer in Game 7 of the 1995 Western Conference Semifinals against the Phoenix Suns to put the Rockets up 113-110 with 7.1 seconds to play. The shot is called the Kiss of Death by Rockets fans, as Elie made a taunting kissing gesture towards the Suns’ bench shortly after the shot was made.”
The Rockets went on to defeat the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals and swept the Orlando Magic (featuring Shaquille O’Neal, Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway, Horace Grant and most ignominiously, Nick “The Brick” Anderson) in the NBA Finals.