HOUSTON They still blow kisses to Mario Elie around here.
In restaurants, at the grocery store, wherever. They still remember, because they need to. Elie had made a 3-pointer to put the Rockets ahead in the final seconds of the 1995 Western Conference Finals, and he blew a kiss at the San Antonio Spurs' bench.
Seventeen years later, Rockets fans are still blowing it back.
"I try not to be rude," said Elie, now an assistant coach with the New Jersey Nets. "I'm a coach now. I'm not a player no more. But living in Houston and having the only two championships here, people remember that."
The Rockets won that series, and swept the Orlando Magic in the NBA Finals, winning their second championship in a row. That title instantly became the greatest sports moment in Houston history, and seventeen years later it still is.
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