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7 Historic Houston Sports Wins To Watch

More than a few Astros victories, some Rockets history, and hey, a Texans game!

By Timothy Malcolm April 7, 2020

It's early April. March Madness should've just wrapped up. The baseball season should be underway. In pro basketball, teams should be gearing up for the postseason. But we have none of it. We've been without live sports for weeks now, and yes, it's OK to feel a gaping hole in your life.

In an effort to fill that hole, allow us to suggest some videos available right here on the internet. These are all full games played by the Astros, Rockets, and Texans, and—this is important—all are Houston victories. We don't need additional frustration and sadness right now.

There are a few games that we're not listing here, and you can find them, too. But here's a weird collection of some iconic matchups, some forgotten gems, and some random choices. Enjoy.

2019 ALCS, Game 6 – Astros vs Yankees

Well, let's just get this one out of the way. You know the plot: Astros blow a 4-2 lead in the ninth to the New York Yankees only for José Altuve to step up and send the Juice Box into a frenzy. Also: This game feels like it was years ago.

1999 NLDS, Game 1 – Astros vs Braves

Sure, the 'stros lost the following three games to the Atlanta Braves, sending the NL East division champs to the NLCS for the eighth-consecutive season. But here's the lone Houston win, thanks to a dazzling pitching performance by Shane Reynolds and a go-ahead Daryle Ward home run. Ken Caminiti would blast one to put it away for good. 

1980 NLCS, Game 3 – Astros vs Phillies

On the short list for the greatest baseball series ever played, the 1980 National League Championship Series between the Astros and Philadelphia Phillies included four extra-innings affairs, plenty of thrilling plays, and more back-and-forth action than a table tennis match. Here's Game 3 at the Astrodome, in which Joe Niekro dominates over 10 innings, and the Astros get their only run via a sacrifice fly in the 11th. It's a tense game, and there's a bonus: The awesome ABC announcing team of Keith Jackson, Don Drysdale, and Howard Cosell, who was amazed by this whole series. 

1995, Astros vs Cubs

On the final day of the regular season, the 'stros needed a win and a Colorado Rockies loss to force a tie-breaker for the National League wild card. Spoiler: The Rockies would win that day to end that hope. But here we get one final gasp from the NL's fifth best team in 1995, a thrilling comeback win after going down 6-0 in the third. Witness home runs by hall-of-famers Jeff Bagwell (naturally) and Craig Biggio, plus Derrick May (a four-hit day) and pinch-hitter Milt Thompson. Witness an atrocious Doug Drabek start, followed by an appearance by the late Darryl Kile. And listen to the Cubs broadcast, which means the legend Harry Caray (look for the moment when he calls Astro Mike Henneman "Mike Hennigan.") Hey! It's all here.

1981 NBA Finals, Game 2 – Rockets vs Celtics

The surprising 40-42, Western Conference-winning Rockets (led by Moses Malone) eke out a nail-biting win over Larry Bird's 62-20 Boston Celtics at the Boston Garden. A big last-minute shot by Allen Leavell gives the Rockets a three-point lead that closes it out, tying the series and sending it to the Summit. This is the last time a team with a losing record made the NBA Finals. Bonus: Check out Calvin Murphy dropping 42 points on the San Antonio Spurs in game seven of the Western Conference semis.

1994 NBA Finals, Game 6, Rockets vs Knicks

You can easily look for the Game 7 clincher on YouTube, but if you know anything about this series, you know this game. New York's John Starks misses a game-winning three-point attempt with a second left—thanks in part to a Hakeem Olajuwon block—giving the Rockets new life and forcing Game 7, which Houston would win. Olajuwon also scores 30 points in the victory.

2012, Texans vs Jaguars

Relive one of the finest moments in Texans history. This overtime thriller against the Jaguars sent the team to 9-1 during the 2012 season. Andre Johnson has a mammoth day, catching 14 passes for 273 yards and a touchdown ... the game-winner on a 48-yard bubble screen. See what happens when your quarterback has weapons? 

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