Most Famous & Infamous Shots in Magic History
January 30, 2013
May 7, 1995: More remembered for Nick Anderson’s strip from behind on Michael Jordan, the other half of that historic play, Penny Hardaway’s dish to Horace Grant for a dunk on the 2-on-1 fast break, propelled the Magic to a Game 1 win over the Bulls in the Eastern Conference Semis.
May 22, 2009: With just a second left, LeBron James caught the inbounds pass, turned, and drilled a game-winning straightaway 3-pointer at the buzzer in Game 2 of the 2009 Eastern Conference Finals. Orlando, however, eventually won the series in six games to advance to the NBA Finals.
May 20, 2009: In one of the more unforgettable comeback victories in Magic history, Rashard Lewis helped secure a Game 1 win in the 2009 Eastern Conference Finals with a 3-pointer from the right wing with 14.7 seconds left.
June 11, 2009: Derek Fisher forced overtime with a game-tying 3-pointer with 4.6 seconds left in regulation in Game 4 of the 2009 NBA Finals. He would hit another huge trey in the extra session to help the Lakers triumph in both this game and the series.
May 26, 2009: Arguably the most important single shot from the 2009 postseason, Rashard Lewis buried a catch-and-shoot 3-pointer from the left corner with 4.1 seconds left in regulation in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Although LeBron James subsequently forced OT with two free throws, the Magic prevailed in the extra session.
March 18, 2011: After the Nuggets stormed back to tie it in the final seconds, Jameer Nelson played the hero role for the Magic when he connected on a game-winning buzzer-beating straightaway 3-pointer.
June 7, 2009: After Hedo Turkoglu blocked Kobe Bryant to give the Magic possession with 0.6 remaining, Courtney Lee had a chance to win it for Orlando at the buzzer in Game 2 of the 2009 NBA Finals but his layup off the inbounds sailed strong off the glass. The game went to OT, in which the Lakers prevailed.
March 15, 1999: In a game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Darrell Armstrong stole an inbounds pass and streaked to the other end of the court for a game winning layup as time expired. This victory was the underpinning for the nickname "Heart & Hustle."
February 9, 2007: Dwight Howard catches the inbounds lob from Hedo Turkoglu and slams home the game-winning alley-oop jam at the buzzer against the Spurs.
May 9, 2009: Then a member of the Celtics, Glen Davis collects the pass from Paul Pierce and sinks a game-winning buzzer-beating corner jumper in Game 4 of the 2009 Eastern Conference Semifinal playoff series. The Magic eventually won the series in seven games.
January 27, 2008: With Paul Pierce tightly guarding him, Hedo Turkoglu created just enough space to fade back and sink a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer against the eventual champion Celtics that season.
April 19, 2009: Andre Iguodala’s game-winning 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds left in Game 1 of the 2009 Eastern Conference First Round playoff series. Philadelphia overcame an 18-point deficit. However, Orlando eventually won the series in six games.
April 26, 2009: Hedo Turkoglu rises over Thaddeus Young and buries a game-winning 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds left in Game 4 of the 2009 Eastern Conference First Round playoff series. This win tied the series at 2-2 and Orlando ultimately prevailed in six games.
June 7, 1995: Kenny Smith hit a then-Finals record seven 3-pointers, the last tying the game up with 1.6 seconds left. In overtime, Hakeem Olajuwon tipped in a missed finger roll by Clyde Drexler with 0.3 left to win the game.
May 26, 1995: In one of the most sensational endings ever in an NBA game, the Magic and Pacers went back and forth in the final seconds of Game 4 of the conference finals. Ultimately, it was Rik Smit's turnaround jumper at the buzzer that lifted Indiana. Orlando, however, eventually won the series in seven games.