18 years and a day ago

SeizeNineYesterday, the Pacers and Knicks played Game Two of their first round series, putting a very clear spotlight on a special anniversary. Nearly 20 years ago on May 7, Reggie Miller completed one of the most incredible late-game scoring performances in scoring eight points in about nine seconds for Indiana's surprising Game One victory.

That was just the first game of NBC's double header that afternoon. And while no opera was sung — or ESPN 30 for 30 documentary — was made about the second game, it was just as exciting.

Eighteen years ago yesterday — May 7, 1995 — the Magic played their first game in the second round of the Playoffs against Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. The young and plucky Magic were going up against the resurgent Bulls and the greatest player in NBA history, fresh off his baseball sabbatical.

Enter Nick Anderson:


In Susan Slusser's recap of the game for the Orlando Sentinel she wrote that the Bulls should not have been surprised by the Magic's late-game steal. Orlando after all pulled off a similar escape at the end of the regular season when Nick Anderson tipped a pass to Anfernee Hardaway.

It was very beautiful. Penny was off to the races, and I've seen that before. I knew he'd either get fouled or we'd score. And he dished it to Ho Grant, who took it home

Has it really been 18 years since this magical game happened, perhaps the most memorable Magic win in team history?  Orlando went on to win the series in six, defeat that team from Indiana and move on to the NBA Finals.

More videos after the jump!

No matter how many times you watch it, it looks so good. Even with cheesy music over it.


And in the Amazing Happens Here music:


And in full:


Looking forward to the next great Magic moment.

Philip Rossman-Reich

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