When you need a refresher on the NBA’s 2003-2004 season
If you remember the NBA Playoffs, you’ll remember that the teams that went to the Finals in 2003 and 2004 went into the NBA Finals against each other.
The teams that won their series, then-head coach Kevin McHale’s team, were the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets.
That’s how the two teams ended up playing each other for the title.
(See also: The NBA Finals History: Who won the 2003 NBA Finals?)
The series was so close that it was actually the first time in history that two teams faced each other in a conference championship game.
The Rockets had already beaten the Warriors the year before and were looking to make the playoffs for the firsttime in franchise history.
And they wanted to prove that they could win the title at home.
The Warriors had won the previous two championships in Los Angeles and Houston, but they weren’t ready to go into a home-and-home series with the Rockets.
They needed a win.
They got it.
The Warriors won the first two games of the series and took a 3-2 lead at halftime.
The momentum was with them.
But the Rockets had a chance to win the game, too.
The team that had won their previous two NBA titles at home, the Los Angeles Lakers, beat the Golden 1-0.
But they couldn’t get their revenge in the Finals, losing to the Rockets in five games in three days.
The two teams went into a series that was never really close, with each team coming out on top in the first three games.
Houston led by 14 points in the fourth quarter of Game 1.
The Golden 1 trailed by five in the fifth.
Houston had a commanding lead in the final seconds of the fourth.
The Rockets led by 13 in the last five minutes of the first half.
Houston trailed by three in the third quarter of the game.
That gave Houston an easy first-round series win.
The first game of the conference finals was actually closer than the first one because the Warriors were in control from the start.
In the first series, they were able to score 100 points in a half.
In Game 1, they scored just 81.
The second game, they hit 100 in a quarter and won by 11.
That set up a rematch against the Lakers, who were the defending champions and had already lost two series to the Warriors.
The series was tied at 100 before the first game.