Round: Western Conference Semifinals
Dates: May 9-May 20
Winner: Rockets, 4-3
After upsetting the Jazz in the first round, Houston quickly found themselves in a 3-1 hole against Phoenix. The Rockets avoided elimination with a Game 5 OT win, then defended their turf in Game 6 for a trip back to Phoenix for a thrilling Game 7.

The Suns would lead by as many as ten for much of the game, but Kevin Johnson's 46 and 10 weren't enough to combat Drexler and Olajuwon, who finished with 29 each. The real hero however, was Mario Elie, with one of the Playoffs all time clutch baskets, a three-pointer to give Houston the series and the definitive moment of an improbable title defense.