Randolph-Macon Academy is a coeducational college preparatory school for students in grades 6–12 and postgraduates in Front Royal, Virginia, US. The school features both boarding and day programs. Randolph-Macon Academy is affiliated with the United Methodist Church; the 135-acre campus overlooks Front Royal, is located 70 miles west of Washington, D. C, it is one of six private military schools in Virginia. Randolph-Macon Academy is accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, is a member of the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States. Upper school students are required to participate in the Air Force JROTC program; the program focuses on teaching leadership skills, citizenship responsibilities, the importance of community service. In 2012, R-MA became one of eight schools in the U. S. to be named a Falcon Foundation School. In addition, the school hosts the only private in-house aviation program in the nation.
The Academy owns two Cessna 172s, the flight instructors are members of the Academy faculty. The middle school campus is less than a quarter-mile away from the upper school campus; this campus provides a separate dorm and classrooms for the younger students. Advanced students may go to the upper school campus to take high school courses. Extracurricular opportunities at the school include band, drama and debate, color guard and drill teams, twenty varsity sports; the athletic teams are affiliated with the Delaney Athletic Conference, a collection of several independent schools in northern and central Virginia. The Middle School participates in the Valley Middle School Conference. 1892: Randolph-Macon Academy was founded by Dr. William W. Smith as part of the Randolph-Macon College preparatory school program; the original 15-acre campus had one main building. The original building resembled a castle in its architecture. 1917: Randolph-Macon Academy transformed into a military school. The program undertook the title of the "National Defense Cadet Corps."
1922: Randolph-Macon Academy finished paying off all but one of its original debts. This year, the construction of Rives Hall began; this new building served as an auxiliary gymnasium. 1927: On January 10, the original building built in 1892 burned down completely. The origin of the fire which destroyed the building is unknown; as a new building was being constructed, the academy continued to operate. The cadets were housed by local residents and classes took place in municipal buildings until a new building, known as the "Main Building", was completed in October 1927; the Main Building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987 as Sonner Hall. 1929: With the onset of the Great Depression, Randolph-Macon Academy fell on hard times. 1933–34: In an effort to reduce losses, Randolph Macon's military academy in Bedford, Virginia was closed. Cadets from Bedford were moved to Front Royal for the 1933–34 school year. 1953: Randolph-Macon Academy and separates from Randolph-Macon College and becomes its own entity.
1954: Randolph-Macon Academy began a massive expansion stage in its history. The school purchased an additional 63 acres of land, built a headmaster's home, staff living quarters, Melton Gymnasium. Rives Hall was converted to classroom use. 1960s: Although public attitudes about military school structure were beginning to change, Randolph-Macon Academy held onto the same disciplinary principles as in previous decades. Critics complained that the military school concept was antiquated, should all together be eliminated. Like the other six military schools in Virginia, Randolph-Macon Academy was able to maintain a large and steady enrollment because of forced public school integration; this temporary enrollment boost collapsed at the end of the decade. During this era, a 500-seat chapel was constructed with the financial aid of The United Methodist Church. 1970s: The enrollment at Randolph-Macon Academy dropped dramatically. This was in part of the general American consensus of less uniformity during that decade and the economic instability of the United States of America during that time.
1971: Randolph-Macon Academy admitted its first African American applicant. 1974: The school abandoned its all male enrollment policy and turned co-educational for the first time in its history. 1975: In an effort to bolster the low enrollment base, Randolph-Macon Academy adopted the United States Air Force Junior ROTC program. 1981: Col. Trevor D. Turner was hired as President. Col. Turner is credited with saving the Academy and its extraordinary turn-around during the 1980s and 1990s. 1980s: Randolph-Macon Academy managed to increase the applicant base from its lag in the 1970s, near the end of the decade, Randolph-Macon Academy began another expansionary period. The school annexed an additional 45 acres, built three new buildings to compensate for the growth in admitted applicants, increased facilities for female students; these three buildings were Crow Hall, a classroom building, Turner Hall, a female dormitory and new cafeteria, the Fulton Building, a maintenance facility and musical arts building.
A Lower School campus was built on the Upper School grounds. This "campus within a campus" was established to help younger children become candidates for matriculation into the Upper AFJROTC School. 1995: A fire destroyed the third and fourth floors of Sonner-Payne Hall. This, along with flooding from the aftermath, destroyed the m
Timothy Theodore Duncan is an American former professional basketball player. He spent his entire 19-year career with the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association. Duncan started out as a swimmer, did not begin playing basketball until ninth grade, he played basketball for St. Dunstan's Episcopal High School. In college, Duncan played for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, winning the Naismith College Player of the Year, USBWA College Player of the Year, John Wooden awards in his senior year. After graduating from college, Duncan earned NBA Rookie of the Year honors after being selected by San Antonio with the first overall pick in the 1997 NBA draft. Regarded as the greatest power forward of all time as well as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, he is a five-time NBA champion, a two-time NBA MVP, a three-time NBA Finals MVP, a 15-time NBA All-Star, the only player to be selected to both the All-NBA and All-Defensive Teams for 13 consecutive seasons. Off the court, Duncan is known for his active philanthropy.
He holds a degree in psychology and created the Tim Duncan Foundation to raise general health awareness and fund education and youth sports in various parts of the United States. Tim Duncan is the son of Ione, a midwife, William Duncan, a mason, he has two older sisters and Tricia, one older brother, Scott, a film director and cinematographer. He was born and raised on Saint Croix, one of the main islands composing the U. S. Virgin Islands. In school, Duncan was a bright pupil and dreamt of becoming an Olympic-level swimmer like his sister Tricia, his parents were supportive and Duncan excelled at swimming, becoming a teenage standout in the 50, 100 and 400 meters freestyle and aiming to make the 1992 Olympic Games as a member of the United States Team. When Hurricane Hugo destroyed the island's only Olympic-sized swimming pool in 1989, Duncan was forced to swim in the ocean and he lost his enthusiasm for swimming because of his fear of sharks. Duncan was dealt another emotional blow when his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and died one day before his 14th birthday.
In her last days, she made Duncan and his sisters promise to finish college with a degree, which would explain Duncan's refusal to leave college early. Duncan was inspired by his brother-in-law to turn to basketball. Duncan had difficulties adapting to the game he thought would help relieve his pain and frustration. Nancy Pomroy, the athletic director of the St. Croix Country Day School was quoted: " was so huge. So big and tall, but he was awfully awkward at the time." He overcame this to become a standout for the St. Dunstan's Episcopal High School, averaging 25 points per game as a senior, his play attracted the attention of several universities, despite having only picked up the game in ninth grade. Wake Forest University basketball coach Dave Odom in particular grew interested in Duncan after the 16-year-old played NBA star Alonzo Mourning to a draw in a 5-on-5 pick-up game. Odom was searching for a physical player to play near the basket. Given the weak level of basketball in the Virgin Islands, Odom was wary about Duncan at first after first meeting him and thinking him to be inattentive.
However, after the first talk, Odom understood that this was just Duncan's way of paying attention, discovered that he was not only athletically talented, but a quick learner. Despite scholarship offers by the University of Hartford, the University of Delaware and Providence College, Duncan joined Odom's Wake Forest Demon Deacons. In the year before Duncan's arrival at Wake Forest University, the Demon Deacons reached the Sweet 16, but lost main scorer Rodney Rogers, who entered the 1993 NBA draft. In the 1993–94 NCAA season, Coach Dave Odom was considering redshirting Duncan, but was forced to play him after fellow freshman big man Makhtar N'Diaye was ruled out due to NCAA rules violations and transferred to Michigan. Duncan struggled with early transition problems and was held scoreless in his first college game, but as the year progressed, he and teammate Randolph Childress led the Deacons to a 20–11 win-loss record. Duncan's style of play was simple but effective, combining an array of low-post moves, mid-range bank shots and tough defense.
He was chosen to represent the U. S. in the 1994 Goodwill Games. Meanwhile, Duncan worked towards a degree in psychology and took classes in anthropology and Chinese literature. Despite focusing on basketball, Wake Forest psychology department chairperson Deborah Best was quoted: "Tim was one of my more intellectual students. Other than his height, I couldn't tell him from any other student at Wake Forest." Duncan established his reputation as a stoic player, to the extent that opposing fans taunted him as "Mr. Spock", the prototypical logical, detached character from Star Trek. In the 1994–95 NCAA season, the sophomore was soon called one of the best eligible NBA prospects, along with his peers Joe Smith, Rasheed Wallace and Jerry Stackhouse. Los Angeles Lakers general manager Jerry West suggested that Duncan might become the top pick in the 1995 NBA draft if he went early, but Duncan assured everyone he had no intention of going pro until he graduated though the NBA was planning to add a rookie salary cap in 1996.
He was determined to stay in school. In that season, he led the Demon Deacons into the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game against a Rasheed Wall
Charles Thomas Scott is an American former professional basketball player. He played two seasons in the now-defunct American Basketball Association and eight seasons in the National Basketball Association. Scott was an Olympic Gold Medalist and was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2018. Charlie Scott grew up in Harlem, New York. A 6'5" guard/forward, Scott attended Stuyvesant High School in New York City for one year before transferring to Laurinburg Institute in Laurinburg, North Carolina, he was valedictorian of his high school senior class. He was a legend at Rucker Park. Scott played college basketball at the University of North Carolina, where he was the first black scholarship athlete. Scott averaged 22.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game at UNC, a career-best 27.1 points per game in his senior season. He was a three-time all-ACC selection. Scott led the Tar Heels to their second and third consecutive NCAA Final Four appearances in 1968 and 1969, he was the first African American to join a fraternity at the University of North Carolina, St. Anthony Hall, in 1967.
Scott was a gold medalist at the 1968 Summer Olympics playing for the 1968 United States men's Olympic basketball team. Scott was the fourth leading scorer on the team coached by Henry Iba.. Scott was drafted by the Boston Celtics in 1970 but he had signed a contract with the Virginia Squires of the American Basketball Association. Scott was named ABA Rookie of the Year after averaging 27.1 points per game. During his second season with the Squires, he set the ABA record for highest scoring average in one season. However, he became dissatisfied with life in the ABA and joined the NBA's Phoenix Suns in 1972; the Suns acquired Scott in a trade with the Celtics for Paul Silas. At that point, he went by the name Shaheed Abdul-Aleem. Scott continued his stellar play in the NBA, representing the Suns in three straight NBA All-Star Games was traded to the Boston Celtics for Paul Westphal and two draft picks. With the Celtics in the 1975-76 NBA season, Scott won a championship ring against the Suns. Scott played for the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets.
He retired in 1980 with 14,837 combined ABA/NBA career points. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2018. While attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Charlie Scott married Margaret Holmes Scott and from that union they had one daughter Holly Scott Emanuel. Scott and his current wife, have three children—sons Shaun and Shannon and daughter Simone—and have lived in Atlanta and Los Angeles, they live in Columbus, where son Shannon used to play for the Ohio State Buckeyes. After retiring from the NBA, Scott served as a marketing director for the sports apparel company Champion for several years as executive vice president of CTS, a telemarketing firm, before owning his own business. Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com Charles Scott @ UNC
John Lucas II
John Harding Lucas II is a retired American professional basketball player and coach. He works as the player development coach of the Houston Rockets, he played college basketball for Maryland. Lucas attended the University of Maryland. Lucas was a Second-team All-American for the Terrapins team in 1973-74, along with his teammates Len Elmore and Tom McMillen; the Terrapins had a record of 23-5 in the regular season, 9-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. However, they lost during the ACC Tournament, they could not go to the NCAA Tournament. Elmore and McMillan graduated in 1974, but in the following 1974-75 season, Lucas was a First-team All-American; the Terrapins recorded a 24-5 regular season record, 10-2 in the ACC, they won the ACC regular season crown. However, they lost to NC State in the semifinals of the ACC tournament; the NCAA tournament, had been expanded to include 32 teams. For the first time, more than one team per conference was allowed into the tournament. Maryland advanced to the Elite Eight before losing to Louisville.
In the 1975-76 season, Lucas was a First-team All-American once again. The Terrapins recorded a 22-6 regular season record, 7-5 in the ACC, but they lost out in the ACC Tournament and did not make the NCAA Tournament. Following this senior season, Lucas was the first overall pick of the 1976 NBA draft, selected by the Houston Rockets, he was drafted by the New York Nets of the American Basketball Association. Lucas played for the US national team in the 1974 FIBA World Championship. Lucas played in the NBA for fourteen years and was a member of the 1986 Houston Rockets team that made it to the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Boston Celtics. However, the following off-season, Lucas's basketball career took a turn for the worse when longstanding problems with illegal drugs became public. Several of his Rockets teammates, including Mitchell Wiggins and Lewis Lloyd, were banished from the NBA due to positive tests for cocaine usage. Lucas, a cocaine user, submitted voluntarily to anti-drug and anti-alcohol treatment in order to stay in the league.
After failing two tests in the 1985-86 season, the Rockets waived him in March, which meant he missed out on the run the Rockets had all the way to the NBA Finals. Lucas was given another chance in January of 1987 when he was signed to a ten day contract by the Milwaukee Bucks that led to a full contract for the rest of the season. Lucas played four more years in the NBA, averaging at age 33 a career-high 17.5 points in 1986–87, before settling into a reserve role the next three years. After undergoing drug rehabilitation and starting programs of his own to help other athletes rehabilitate, Lucas returned to the NBA as a coach becoming a head coach, he has coached the San Antonio Spurs, Philadelphia 76ers and Cleveland Cavaliers, each for less than two seasons, compiling a 174–258 overall coaching record. His most successful stint was with the Spurs. In 1992–93, he took over from Jerry Tarkanian and went 39–22 the rest of the season, reached the Western Conference semi-finals; the next year the Spurs lost in the first round of playoffs.
Prior to accepting the head coaching position for the Cavs, he was assistant coach for the Denver Nuggets for three seasons. Lucas worked with Indiana Pacers guard T. J. Ford in Houston after the guard sustained a neck injury from a hard foul from Atlanta's Al Horford. Lucas was hired for the 2009–10 NBA season as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clippers under head coach Mike Dunleavy. Lucas began working with former NFL first round pick JaMarcus Russell in 2010 as a life coach, but ceased this role in April 2011. In July 2016, Lucas joined the Houston Rockets as a player development coach. Lucas was not only a standout basketball player, but a standout tennis player. An All-American in the sport while at Maryland, he won ACC number one singles championship twice in 1974 and 1976, before being named the McKelvin Award winner as the conference's top all-around athlete. Lucas competed in two Grand Prix tennis tournaments in 1973, another in 1979, a challenger event in 1979, his best result was reaching the semi-finals of the challenger in Raleigh, North Carolina, partnering Fred McNair.
He won one other tour match, by default in doubles in 1973 in Merion, Pennsylvania while partnering Vic Seixas. He lost all four of the singles first round matches which he contested, in straight sets, his best singles result was a 4-6 loss to John Austin. Lucas's career high ranking was 579th, in singles in December 1979. Lucas played World Team Tennis with the San Francisco Golden Gaters in 1976, the New Orleans Sun Belt Nets in 1978, he and Renée Richards had success teaming up as the Nets' regular mixed-doubles team in 1978. The 6'1" Richards was delighted to have a male partner, taller than she was. In 2005, Lucas was the head coach of the Houston Wranglers, which featured Steffi Graf and Mardy Fish. Lucas's elder son John Lucas played college basketball at Oklahoma State, has been a member of several NBA teams, his younger son, played college basketball at the University of Texas. List of National Basketball Association career assists leaders List of National Basketball Association players with most assists in a game BasketballReference.com: John Lucas BasketballReference.com: John Lucas
Barry Parkhill is a retired American professional basketball player from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, selected by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1st round of the 1973 NBA Draft but elected to play in the American Basketball Association instead. A 6'4" guard-forward from the University of Virginia, Parkhill played in three ABA seasons for two different teams, he played for the Spirits of St. Louis. In 2001, Parkhill was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. Parkhill attended and played basketball for State College High School in State College, Pennsylvania, he broke the 1,000 point barrier during his senior year. Parkhill was named the ACC Men's Basketball Player of the Year and the ACC Athlete of the Year for the 1971–72 season when he averaged 21.6 points per game and led the Cavaliers to their second postseason appearance in school history. His number 40 was retired at the end of his senior season. In 2002, Parkhill was named to the ACC 50th Anniversary men's basketball team as one of the fifty greatest players in Atlantic Coast Conference history.
In his ABA career, Parkhill scored a total of 970 points. His best year as a professional came during the 1975 season with the Virginia Squires appearing in 78 games and scoring 607 points. 1977–1978 – University of Virginia, Graduate Assistant Coach 1978–1983 – Assistant Coach, William & Mary 1984–1987 – Head Coach, William & Mary 1989–1990 – Head Coach, Saint Michael's College 1990–1992 – Assistant Coach, Navy 1992–1994 – Associate Director of Regional Development, University of Virginia Office of Development 1995–1998 – Director of Alumni Development, University of Virginia Alumni Association / Director of Capital Projects for Athletics 1999–present – University of Virginia Associate Director of Athletics for Development
Joe Hamilton (American football)
Joseph Fitzgerald Hamilton is a former American college and professional football player, a quarterback in three different professional leagues. He played college football for the Georgia Institute of Technology, earned All-American recognition and won several national awards. After his playing career ended, Hamilton became an coach, he has served as the running backs coach for Georgia State University and works in the recruiting department for his alma mater, Georgia Tech. Hamilton accepted an athletic scholarship to attend Georgia Tech, where he played for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team from 1996 to 1999, he set Atlantic Coast Conference career records for total offense, touchdown passes and total touchdowns. As a senior in 1999, he was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American, won the Davey O'Brien Award, was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, finishing as the runner-up in the Heisman voting behind Wisconsin running back Ron Dayne. In 2002, he was named as one of the fifty members of the ACC 50th Anniversary Football Team.
Hamilton was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2014. Due to his lack of prototypical height for an NFL quarterback, he fell to the 7th round of the 2000 NFL Draft before being drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In three years with the Buccaneers he only played four downs in a single regular-season game. In 2002, the Buccaneers allocated Hamilton to NFL Europe, where he led the Frankfurt Galaxy to 5-2 record in 2002 before suffering a severe knee injury, he spent the entire 2002 NFL season on injured reserve and was released by the Buccaneers at the end of the season. He received a Super Bowl ring following the Buccaneers' victory in Super Bowl XXXVII, he signed with the Arena Football League's Orlando Predators in 2004 and guided the team to a 9-5 record and the playoffs, despite suffering another knee injury and missing two and a half games. He was signed by the Indianapolis Colts in 2004, reuniting with former Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy, but only saw limited action in one game before being released during the season.
He returned to the Orlando Predators. He has a 32-15 record as the Predators' starter and led them to ArenaBowl XX in 2006, losing 69-61 to the Chicago Rush. With a win, Hamilton would have become the first player in history to own both a Super Bowl and ArenaBowl ring. In the 2006 off-season, he was released by the Orlando Predators, he returned to school, received his degree in History and Society in August 2007. "In 2008, following an arrest for a hit and run, DUI, open container and marijuana possession, Joe Hamilton resigned as a Georgia Tech assistant coach—less than two weeks after he was hired. In 2010, he resurrected his coaching career when he became a recruiting intern at Georgia State, which had launched its Georgia State Panthers football team that year. In June 2011, he joined the Panthers' full-time staff as running backs coach. On May 7, 2013 5 years after submitting his resignation, Hamilton was re-hired by Georgia Tech to provide assistance with recruiting for the Yellow Jackets football team.
1996 - Four ACC Rookie of the Week Awards, Runner-up ACC Rookie of the Year 1997 - Two ACC Offensive Back of the Week Awards, Georgia Tech MVP for the Year, MVP of 1997 Carquest Bowl vs West Virginia 1998 - One ACC Offensive Back of the Week Award, 1st Team All-ACC Quarterback, Co-MVP of 1999 Gator Bowl against Notre Dame, led the team to ending 7 year losing streak to the Georgia 1999 - Davey O'Brien Award winner, Runner-up to the 1999 Heisman Trophy, 1st Team All-America Quarterback, 1st Team All-ACC Quarterback, Three ACC Offensive Back of the Week Awards, defeated University of Georgia 51-48 for second straight year in wild overtime victory 2000 - Anthony J. McKelvin Award, ACC Male Athlete of the Year 2002 - ACC 50th Anniversary Football Team 2005 - ACC Football Legends - Inaugural Class 2007 - Received degree from Georgia Tech in History and Society 2014 - Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame List of Arena Football League and National Football League players Georgia State profile Georgia Tech profile
Ralph Lee Sampson Jr. is an American retired basketball player. He is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. A 7-foot-4 phenom, three-time College Player of the Year, first selection in the 1983 NBA draft, Sampson brought heavy expectations with him to the National Basketball Association; the NBA Rookie of the Year, Sampson averaged 20.7 points and 10.9 rebounds for his first three seasons with the Houston Rockets before injuries began to take their toll. Three knee surgeries he retired as a four-time All-Star, an NBA Rookie of the Year, an NBA All-Star Game MVP. One of his many career highlights was a buzzer-beating shot to dethrone the Los Angeles Lakers as Western Conference champions in 1986, derailing their hopes for coveted back-to-back NBA titles, sending the Rockets to their second NBA Finals in the team's history. Sampson was 6 ft 7 in tall by the ninth grade, reaching 7-foot-1 in high school in Harrisonburg, Virginia, he averaged nearly 30 points, 19 rebounds, 7 blocked shots as a senior, at Harrisonburg High, leading the team to state AA basketball championships in 1978 and 1979.
His senior year he lost the high school player of the year award to another talented center, Sam Bowie. However, he did get a form of revenge against Bowie, outplaying him in the Capital Classic, getting 23 points and 21 rebounds with 4 blocks in a game styled "Battle of the Giants". Sampson was arguably the most recruited college basketball prospect of his generation and appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated six times in a span of less than four years. Playing center for the University of Virginia, he led the Cavaliers to an NIT title in 1980, an NCAA Final Four appearance in 1981 and an NCAA Elite Eight appearance in 1983, he earned three Naismith Awards as the National Player of the Year, only the second athlete to do so, a pair of Wooden Awards. Sampson considered declaring for the 1982 NBA draft; the San Diego Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers would flip a coin to determine who would draft first overall, but the deadline for Sampson to make himself available came before the scheduled coin flip.
Rather than risk playing for the Clippers, Sampson stayed in school. With his size and agility Sampson was expected to score like Wilt Chamberlain and win championships like Bill Russell when he reached the National Basketball Association; the Houston Rockets picked him first overall in the 1983 NBA draft. As a rookie, he averaged 21.0 points and 11.1 rebounds, played in the All-Star Game, won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. The Rockets managed only a 29–53 record in 1983–84, which qualified them to pick first in the 1984 NBA draft. Houston selected fellow center Hakeem Olajuwon out of the University of Houston. Many observers criticized the Rockets' choice, believing the two 7-footers would not be effective playing together, while others thought the combination could be overpowering. Sampson, playing a new style of power forward, had new expectations placed upon him. At the time, Dallas Mavericks Coach Dick Motta said, "That front line, when history is written, when they've grown up, might be the best assembled on one team.
Ever." Houston guard John Lucas said of Sampson's move to forward, "He'll revolutionize the game."In 1984–85 the Rockets improved by 19 games to 48–34 and made the playoffs for the first time in three seasons. Sampson had his best individual campaign, averaging 22.1 points and 10.4 rebounds and earning a berth on the All-NBA Second Team. He and Olajuwon both played in the 1985 NBA All-Star Game, Sampson, after scoring 24 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, earned the game's MVP Award. On March 5, 1985, in a loss against the Denver Nuggets, Sampson recorded 30 points, 15 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals and was the first player in NBA history to record at least 30 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals since the league started recording steals; the next season Houston won the Midwest Division with a 51–31 record. In the playoffs, the Rockets swept the Sacramento Kings, but faced a stiffer challenge against Alex English and the Denver Nuggets in the Conference Semi-Finals winning the series 4–2, with the sixth and deciding game going to double overtime.
Against the defending champion Lakers in the Conference Finals, the Rockets were ready to knock off their rivals who had the best of them during the season. The Rockets lost game 1, but the Rockets fought back, winning four straight to take the series four games to one. In Game 5 of that series, Sampson provided one of the most memorable moments in NBA Playoff history. With the score tied at 112, Olajuwon having earlier been ejected, with only one second remaining on the clock, Sampson took an inbounds pass and launched a twisting turnaround jumper that sailed through the hoop at the buzzer, giving the Rockets a 114-112 victory and a shocking series upset. In the NBA Finals the Rockets faced the Boston Celtics. Boston sportswriters were not happy about not getting revenge against the Lakers who had beaten the Celtics in the Finals the year before, but the matchup was interesting with the young front court challenging the old guard of the Celtics. During the season at the Boston Garden, the Rockets were playing the Celtics well until Sampson suffered a jarring fall on his back.
At the start of the Finals, Sampson found himself in foul trouble early in Game 1 as Boston went up 2-0 going back to Houston. The Rockets won a close Game 3 under the leader