2003–04 Houston Rockets season
The 2003–04 NBA season was the Rockets' 37th season in the National Basketball Association, and their 33rd season in the city of Houston. The season saw the Rockets move their home games from Compaq Center to the new Toyota Center. During the offseason, the Rockets hired head coach Jeff Van Gundy, who is best known for his tenure with the New York Knicks, and signed free agent Jim Jackson. Midway through the season, they signed free agent point guard Mark Jackson. The Rockets finished fifth in the Midwest Division with a 45–37 record, and qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 1999 as the number 7 seed in the Western Conference. Second-year star Yao Ming and Steve Francis were both selected for the 2004 NBA All-Star Game. However, the Rockets were eliminated from the first round of the playoffs by the Los Angeles Lakers, who added Karl Malone and Gary Payton to join Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, in five games. This also marked Francis' only playoff appearance in his career. Following the season, he was traded along with Cuttino Mobley and Kelvin Cato to the Orlando Magic, and Mark Jackson retired.
For the season, the team sported new uniforms and a new logo.
Houston Rockets roster
Record vs. opponents
West First Round
- Game 1 @ Staples Center, Los Angeles: Los Angeles 72, Houston 71 ESPN 10:30et
- Game 2 @ Staples Center, Los Angeles: Los Angeles 98, Houston 84 TNT 10:30et
- Game 3 @ Toyota Center, Houston: Houston 102, Los Angeles 91 ESPN 9:30et
- Game 4 @ Toyota Center, Houston: Los Angeles 92, Houston 88 (OT) ABC 3:30et
- Game 5 @ Staples Center, Los Angeles: Los Angeles 97, Houston 78 TNT 10:30et
Last Playoff Meeting: 1999 Western Conference First Round (Los Angeles won 3-1)
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