NBA Playoffs Greatest Moments: Olajuwon & Drexler Join 40/40 Club

May 5, 1995Clyde Drexler scored a game-high 41 points and Hakeem Olajuwon added 40 to lead Houston to a 123-106 win over visiting Utah in Game 4 of their Western Conference First Round series. It marked the third time in NBA Playoff history that a pair of teammates had scored 40 or more points in the same game.

Olajuwon used his full repertoire, hitting jumpers, turnarounds and a jump hook in the first half. Then Drexler, who had two points in the first quarter, took over, scoring 12 second-quarter points.  It was the second double-40 game for Olajuwon, who scored 41 as Sleepy Floyd scored 42 against Dallas in the 1988 playoffs. In the only other playoff double-40, Elgin Baylor had 45 and Jerry West 41 for the Lakers in 1962.

Olajuwon hit 14 of 22 shots, Drexler 12 of 18 as they accounted for all but 42 of the Rockets’ points.

*In 2000, Reggie Miller and Jalen Rose became the fourth pair of teammate to achieve the feat.

Hakeem Olajuwon – 40 pts vs. Jazz (G4 – 1995 playoffs):


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