On June 22, 1994, the Houston Rockets defeated the New York Knicks, 90-84, in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. This win gave the Rockets their first NBA Championship in the 27-year history of the franchise.
Hakeem Olajuwon finished with 25 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and three blocks. Olajuwon was named NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, becoming the first center to win the award since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1985. Vernon Maxwell added 21 points, while Sam Cassell scored the first six points of the fourth quarter to finish with 13. Derek Harper led the Knicks with 23 points in the loss. Patrick Ewing was held to 17 points on 7-of-17 shooting. This 1994 series was Patrick Ewing's first NBA Finals appearance, and he set a Finals record for the most blocks in a series with 30.
The Houston Rockets played seven low-scoring defensive games against the New York Knicks during this season. After splitting the first two games in Houston, the Knicks won two out of three games at Madison Square Garden. In Game 6, Olajuwon blocked a last-second attempt at a game winner by John Starks, which gave the Rockets an 86-84 victory, resulting in Game 7.