Van Exel launches...


The 1995 NBA Playoffs had more than their share of thrills and excitement. Among the highlight-makers were Reggie Miller, Nick Van Exel, Rik Smits and Hakeem Olajuwon.

Miller, at his best in front of the hostile crowd at Madison Square Garden, scored the Pacers' last 8 points in a span of 8.9 seconds to capture a win for Indiana in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Knicks.

...and celebrates


Van Exel hit a game-winning three-pointer with .5 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Los Angeles Lakers a 98-96 win over the Spurs in Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals. Van Exel had knocked down another three with 10.2 seconds left in regulation time to force the extra session.

Pacers center Rik Smits nailed a jumper at the final buzzer of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Orlando Magic, giving Indiana a 94-93 victory. The lead had changed hands four times in the final 13.3 seconds of the game.

Game 1 of the NBA Finals is often considered crucial to the series as the two teams battle to grab the first advantage, and 1995 was no different. The defending champion Houston Rockets had returned to the championship series to the surprise of many, and most thought the young but immensely talented Orlando Magic had the edge. Game 1 went into overtime after Orlando's Nick Anderson missed four free throws in the closing seconds of regulation. Rockets center Hakeem Olajuwon then tipped home a missed shot by Clyde Drexler to give Houston a 120-118 win in overtime. The Rockets went on to sweep the Magic for their second straight title.