Three seconds later the Rockets had their upset. No one was more appreciative than Murphy. "For 11 years I've struggled with this franchise," he said, champagne streaming down his face. "I want everyone to know that I am a Houston Rocket."
Around the corner, Buss met West-head in the corridor outside the Los Angeles dressing room. They stood silent for 30 seconds, heads nodding. Then Buss broke the heavy silence. "We'll talk, huh?" "Yeah, sure," said Westhead.
Buss turned to a pair of writers the coach had been talking to. "You guys finished here?"
They were. So were the Lakers.