The Lakers–Rockets rivalry began in the 1980s during the Lakers' Showtime era. The two teams have met seven times in the postseason. In the 1980s the Rockets or the Lakers represented the Western Conference in the NBA Finals. Since 1980, the Lakers have won 8 NBA championships appearing in 14 NBA Finals, while the Rockets have won 2 appearing in 4.
Famous quotes containing the word rivalry:
“It seems to me that we have to draw the line in sibling rivalry whenever rivalry goes out of bounds into destructive behavior of a physical or verbal kind. The principle needs to be this: Whatever the reasons for your feelings you will have to find civilized solutions.”
—Selma H. Fraiberg (20th century)