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Rockets 1986 playoff hero Robert Reid dies at 68

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Robert Reid, the author of one of the most clutch shots in Houston Rockets history, died of cancer on Monday. He was 68.

Reid was selected in the second round of the 1977 NBA draft, launching a decade-long career in Houston as the Rockets rose to power in the Western Conference. Reid was Houston's third-leading scorer (behind Moses Malone and Calvin Murphy) on the 1981 team that made a surprise run to the NBA Finals, and in 1986, he delivered a shot still remembered nearly four decades later.

Houston seized a 3-1 series lead against Magic Johnson and the defending-champion Los Angeles Lakers in the 1986 Western Conference finals, though the Rockets trailed 112-109 in Game 5 with less than 20 seconds remaining.