In 1984, the Rockets drafted center Hakeem Olajuwon, who would be paired with 7 feet 4 inches (2. 24 m) Ralph Sampson, forming one of the tallest front courts in the NBA. Nicknamed the "Twin Towers", they led the team to the 1986 NBA Finals—the second NBA Finals appearance in franchise history—where Houston was again defeated by the Boston Celtics. The Rockets continued to reach the playoffs throughout the 1980s, but failed to advance past the first round for several years following a second-round defeat to the Seattle SuperSonics in 1987. Rudy Tomjanovich took over as head coach midway through the 1991–92 season, ushering in the most successful period in franchise history. The Olajuwon-led Rockets went to the 1994 NBA Finals and won the franchise's first championship against Patrick Ewing and the New York Knicks. The following season, reinforced by another All-Star, Clyde Drexler, the Rockets repeated as champions with a four-game sweep of the Orlando Magic, who were led by a young Shaquille O'Neal and Penny Hardaway. Houston, which was seeded sixth in the Western Conference during the 1995 playoffs, became the lowest-seeded team in NBA history to win the title.
The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas . The Rockets compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA), as a member of the league's Western Conference Southwest Division . The team plays its home games at the Toyota Center , located in downtown Houston . The Rockets have won two NBA championships and four Western Conference titles. The team was established as the San Diego Rockets , an expansion team originally based in San Diego , in 1967. In 1971, the Rockets moved to Houston.
The Rockets, along with the Seattle SuperSonics , entered the NBA in 1967 as an expansion team based in San Diego. They selected Pat Riley with their first draft pick in 1967 . They went on to produce a then-NBA record 67-loss season.
The beginning of the XX century was the crucial moment of the political, social and spiritual life of Russia. The complicated historical processes provoked the appearance of nodiverse forms of the Russian painting.
At the turn of the XIX and XX centuries there was formed the new international style, named Modern in Russia. It was the universal art style, which influenced on all the spheres of art: architecture, graphic, applied art and painting. The traits of the Modern can be found in the creative works by V.A.Serov, V.M.Vasnezov, A.N.Benois, M.A.Vrubel etc. The latter collaborated a lot with the best architect of Russian Modern F.O.Schechtel. They were working together over the decor of Riabouchinsky’s mansion. Some of the members of the art group “World of art” (1898 – 1924) paid tribute to Modern as well. The artists K.A.Somov, L.S.Bakst and M.V.Dobuzhinsky designed in Modern-style some of the issues of the magazine “World of art”.
The typical traits of Modern are the particular smoothness of forms, the stretched figures, distinct contours, decorative colour spots. The effect of three-dimensionality was of minor importance in the painting. In general the depiction looks flat, and sometimes it seems to be a bright carpet, decorated with appliqué.
The relative symbolism and allegory became the main subject of the ornament of Modern. Often the painters used the plant motifs in their works. The stems, leaves and flowers intertwine into the fanciful patterns, in which sometimes there are discernible the figures of women and fantastic animals.
The traits of the national-romantic version of Russian modern were shown in the sketch “The Serpent” by E.D.Polenova. The bright palette, stylized trees and flowers, the girl, dressed in sarafan, and the figure of the serpent are associated with the Russian folk fairy-tales. V.Serov in his “Rape of Europa” appealed to the ancient mythology. The artist used the method of stylization, which is characteristic of Modern. The bright-orange ox stands out against the blue-violet sea, and the combination of these colours creates the immensely expressive palette.