8. (6) Houston Rockets vs. (3) Utah Jazz
Series: Rockets in five.
The Rockets were the defending champions, but they were a 47-win team going up against a 60-win team. Although, when it comes to two vetern teams, seeding doesn't matter. Utah was favored to represent the West for most of the season and they featured two of the best ever in John Stockton and Karl Malone to matchup with Clyde and Hakeem. The isn't two-on-two ball though, and Houston's duo along with role players like Vernon Maxwell, Mario Elie, and Sam Cassell proved to be too much for Utah. The Rockets went on to beat Barkley's Suns in the second round, Robinson's Spurs in the Western Conference Finals, and swept Shaq and Penny's Magic in the Finals for their second consecutive title.