May 16, 1993 |
The Houston Rockets rediscovered their defense and Otis Thorpe regained his shooting touch, and the result was a 97-79 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics Saturday night in Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinal series. The loss left the SuperSonics with a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series, with Game 4 tonight at Houston. Thorpe, criticized for his play during the first two games, made 12 of 14 shots, scored 28 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.
April 26, 1993 |
Some players prepare for the NBA playoffs by getting their minutes reduced in the final days of the regular season. Ken Norman of the Clippers got Shawn Kemp and Buck Williams. So it goes for Norman, a small forward in name only. On offense only, too. On defense, he usually guards the opponent's best forward, regardless of size or strengths. That's how he can be assigned powerful, low-post specialist Karl Malone one night and open-court, highlight-ready Dominique Wilkins the next.
March 23, 1990 |
Otis Thorpe scored six points in a 17-4 run to open the fourth quarter, and the Houston Rockets snapped the Detroit Pistons' 12-game winning streak, 115-110, Thursday night at Houston. It was the Pistons' second loss in two months covering 27 games, snapping the third hottest streak in NBA history. Detroit's 12-game winning streak equaled the second best in club history. Houston had an 84-81 lead after three quarters but bolted to a 101-85 margin with 7:45 left.
February 16, 1990 |
Akeem Olajuwon and Patrick Ewing played to a draw, but the New York Knicks didn't count on Otis Thorpe. Thorpe had 21 points and 26 rebounds as the Houston Rockets broke the Knicks' six-game winning streak with a 124-105 victory Thursday night at Houston. Olajuwon had 25 points, 15 rebounds and eight blocked shots to Ewing's 33 points and 13 rebounds in the battle of big men. Sleepy Floyd added 27 points and 10 assists for the Rockets.
October 12, 1988
The Houston Rockets traded forwards Rodney McCray and Jim Petersen to the Sacramento Kings for forward Otis Thorpe Tuesday. Thorpe, 6 feet 11 inches, is a 4-year National Basketball Assn. veteran who averaged a career-high 20.8 points and 10.2 rebounds a game last season. "When I arrived, I felt the team needed a shooting guard and a power forward," said Rocket Coach Don Chaney. "Otis Thorpe fills the forward spot. He has the potential to become an all-star."