Magic's "Firstborn" Returns Nick's Magical Moments Game I'll Never Forget Career Statistics
Nick Anderson’s Magical MomentsDuring his 10 season in an Orlando Magic uniform, Nick Anderson shared in numerous moments that helped build the foundation of the franchise. Here's a look at some of Nick's memorable moments for the Magic:
June 27, 1989 - The Magic select Nick Anderson as the first-ever NBA college draft selection with the 11th pick of the 1989 NBA Draft.
October 11, 1990 - The Magic open their second preseason with a 117-97 win vs. David Robinson and the San Antonio Spurs. Nick Anderson leads the way with 31 points.
November 15, 1990 - Orlando begins its 247-game sellout steak with a 102-99 victory over Utah. Nick Anderson leads the way for the Magic with 23 points, while Terry Catledge and Greg Kite pull down 12 rebounds each.
December 26, 1990 - Nick Anderson records a game-high 31 points and Orlando records its first win vs. Houston, 109-103.
January 12, 1991 - Nick Anderson scores 24 points as Orlando records its first-ever victory at Dallas.
November 1, 1991 - Orlando opens its third season with a 106-96 victory over New York, spoiling the coaching debut of new Knicks mentor Pat Riley. Nick Anderson leads the way for the Magic with 22 points.
November 12, 1991 - Orlando notches its first-ever win at Washington. Dennis Scott and Nick Anderson chip in 24 points each, as the Magic win, 95-82. Anderson also records a Magic record eight steals in the contest.
January 25, 1992 - Nick Anderson tallies 26 points and 11 rebounds as Orlando gets its first home win vs. Cleveland, 99-96.
November 12, 1992 - Orlando hauls in a club-record 69 rebounds in a contest vs. Washington. Shaquille O’Neal leads the way with 15 boards, as the Magic post a 103-98 victory. In the game, O’Neal scores 31 points, while Dennis Scott chips in 27 points and Nick Anderson adds 25 points.
November 19, 1992 - The duo of Nick Anderson (30 pts.) and Shaquille O’Neal (29 pts.) lead the Magic to a 126-102 victory over Golden State.
February 5, 1993 - Nick Anderson scores 27 points as Orlando wins at Portland for the first time, 114-106.
February 7, 1993 - Shaquille O’Neal breaks the first of two backboards with a slam dunk in a game at Phoenix. The first quarter of the game and an NBC national television audience is delayed 35 minutes. Phoenix rises for a 123-103 victory, as Charles Barkley leads the way with 28 points and 19 rebounds. Also, Nick Anderson ends the week and goes on to win NBA Player of the Week honors.
February 8, 1992 - Nick Anderson represents Orlando in the slam dunk contest during All-Star Weekend.
November 6, 1992 - Orlando opens its fourth season and the Shaquille O’Neal Era with a 110-100 victory over Miami. O’Neal scores 12 points and grabs 18 rebounds for Orlando, while Nick Anderson leads the way with a then-career-high 42 points.
February 14, 1993 - Scott Skiles plays a then-Magic record 56 minutes in a 102-100 triple overtime win over New York. Nick Anderson leads the way for the Magic with 24 points. The 3 hour, 24 minute game ties for the longest game in franchise history.
February 26, 1993 - Nick Anderson’s bank shot with 1.8 seconds left gives Orlando a thrilling 92-91 win at Washington.
March 20, 1993 - Nick Anderson scores 32 points, as Orlando wins its first game at Denver, 114-108.
April 23, 1993 - Shaquille O’Neal breaks his second backboard of the season with a slam dunk at New Jersey. In that contest, Nick Anderson scores a career-high 50 points, as Orlando wins, 119-116.
November 20, 1993 - Shaquille O’Neal grabs a Magic-record 28 rebounds, blocks a club-record 15 shots and scores 24 points in an 87-85 win at New Jersey. Nick Anderson leads the way for the Magic with 25 points in the contest.
December 25, 1993 - Orlando plays its first Christmas Day game in franchise history. Toni Kukoc floats a six-foot jump hook over Shaquille O’Neal with two seconds left for the 95-93 Chicago win. Nick Anderson paces the Magic with 24 points.
February 25, 1994 - The Magic extend their then-franchise record winning streak to six games with a 114-102 win versus New Jersey. The win also ties a then-franchise record for consecutive victories at home with five. Nick Anderson paces the Magic with 28 points.
April 1, 1994 - Despite committing a season-high 29 turnovers on April Fool’s Day, the Magic knock off the New Jersey Nets, 98-96. Anfernee Hardaway provides the game-winner with a drive down the lane and slam dunk with 1.9 seconds left. Nick Anderson leads the way for the Magic with 19 points.
November 9, 1994 - The contract of head coach Brian Hill is re-written and extended. That night Shaquille O’Neal scores 40 points and grabs 20 rebounds and Nick Anderson hits a game-winning shot with 1.1 seconds left, as Orlando rallies from an eight point deficit to defeat Charlotte, 130-128, in overtime. Horace Grant contributes 25 points and 15 boards.
November 12, 2004 – The Magic notch their largest comeback win of the season against the L.A. Lakers, as Orlando fought back from an 18-point deficit to win, 122-113. In this game, Orlando had four players score 20-or-more points. Steve Francis had a team-best 32 points, Grant Hill scored 27, Hedo Turkoglu netted 23 and Pat Garrity added 21. The last time the Magic had four players with 20-or-more points during the same game was on Jan. 24, 1997 @ Boston (Anfernee Hardaway-28; Nick Anderson-24; Rony Seikaly-22; Dennis Scott-22).
November 25, 1994 - Nick Anderson records his 1,000th assist in a 124-118 win at Boston.
December 3, 1994 - Nick Anderson passes Scott Skiles on the Magic’s most games played list with 385.
April 5, 1995 - Coming back from a 19-point deficit, Orlando downs Detroit, 128-125. It is the largest deficit Orlando has overcome this season. Shaquille O’Neal scores 40 points and has 19 rebounds to counter Joe Dumars’ 41 points. Dennis Scott sparks the Magic with 30 points off the bench. The hard fought contest is punctuated by Nick Anderson being carried off the floor on a stretcher after a collision with Rafael Addison. Anderson sustains a concussion and spends the night in the hospital.
May 7, 1995 - Nick Anderson makes “The Steal,” a key turnover by Michael Jordan in the closing moments of Game 1 of the 1995 playoff semifinals series vs. Chicago. The Magic go on to win the contest, 94-91.
February, 4, 1996 - Orlando outscored San Antonio, 19-6 in overtime, as the Magic notch a 122-109 victory in an NBC nationally-televised contest. Nick Anderson scores seven of his team-leading 33 points in overtime and knocks down seven three-pointers for Orlando.
March 9, 1996 - The Orlando Magic Youth Foundation Black Tie & Tennies Gala introduces a live telethon in conjuction with WESH-TV 2. A total of $675,000 is raised. Nick Anderson is honored with the inaugural Rich & Helen DeVos Community Enrichment Award.
March 10, 1996 - Orlando wins its 39th straight home game, a new NBA record, with a 122-106 victory over Phoenix before an NBC national television audience and 17,248 at the Orlando Arena. The Magic eclipse the Boston Celtics mark of 38 consecutive home wins between Dec. 10, 1985 and Nov. 28, 1986. The Magic use a balanced attack, as Shaquille O’Neal scores 25 points, Nick Anderson adds 24 points, Anfernee Hardaway has 20 points and 14 assists and Horace Grant scores 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
March 18, 1996 - Jeff Turner officially retires and is named analyst for the Magic Radio Network, leaving Nick Anderson as the last original member of Orlando’s 1989 inaugural team.
April 21, 1996 - Nick Anderson scores a game-high 23 points, as Orlando defeats Charlotte, 103-100, to record its club-record 60th win of the season. Also, Dennis Scott ends the week with the NBA Player of the Week honors after averaging 18.3 ppg., while shooting 56 percent from the field and 55 percent from three-point range.
May 10, 1996 - Nick Anderson sets a club playoff record with six steals in a 120-94 win over Atlanta. In that contest, Orlando sets a playoff first half scoring record with 67 points against the Hawks.
February 22, 1998 - Nick Anderson scores 30 points and hits a game-winning three-pointer with 7.1 seconds left to lift Orlando over Shaquille O’Neal and the L.A. Lakers, 96-94. It is O’Neal’s first game appearance in Orlando since signing with the Lakers in July of 1996. An NBC national television audience is on hand for the emotional victory before a sellout crowd at the O-rena.
February 23, 1998 - Nick Anderson, who leads Orlando to a 4-0 week and averages 30.8 ppg., is named the NBA’s Player of the Week. His week is highlighted by 28 points at Atlanta, 28 points vs. Minnesota, a season-high 37 points vs. Indiana and 30 points and a game-winning three-pointer vs. the Lakers.
February 5, 1999 - Orlando’s 10th Anniversary season may have been delayed due to the lockout, but the Magic still celebrated with a bang, defeating the New York Knicks, 93-85, at home in front of a sold-out crowd and a national television audience. Nick Anderson, the last remaining member of the original Magic squad, leads five players in double-figures with 19 points and added nine rebounds. Horace Grant kicks off the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
February 8, 1999 - The backcourt of Nick Anderson and Penny Hardaway combine for a whopping 54 points, as the Magic easily dispatch the Celtics, 107-90, having never trailed in the game. While tallying his 26 points, Anderson becomes the 214th player in the NBA to score 10,000 career points.
March 8, 1999 - Despite a double-double performance by Nick Anderson, who posts a then season-high 34 points and 10 rebounds, the Atlanta Hawks hand the Magic their first home loss of the season, 114-100, snapping a 10-game home win streak. Dominique Wilkins makes his first start of the year for Orlando, scoring a then season-high 15 points against his former team. Bo Outlaw misses the contest with a left calf contusion, snapping his streak of 199 consecutive games played.
April 27, 1999 - Orlando avoids their sixth straight loss, as Darrell Armstrong nails a 17-footer with 1.6 seconds remaining, giving the Magic an 88-87 victory over the Pacers in Indianapolis. Four of the five Magic starters were in double-figures, led by Nick Anderson’s 23 points and 10 rebounds, his fourth double-double of the season.
April 30, 1999 - By way of knocking off the New Jersey Nets, 107-95, Orlando finishes with a 21-4 record at home, the best mark in the Eastern Conference. Nick Anderson leads the way, dropping a Magic season-high 40 points, also adding nine boards and a season-high six assists. Horace Grant notches a double-double with a season-high 20 points and 10 rebounds as well.
August 3, 1999 - The last remaining member of the 1989 Magic expansion team, Nick Anderson, is dealt to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Tariq Abdul-Wahad and a future first-round draft pick. Anderson leaves Orlando as it’s all-time leader in games played with 692, and as the Magic’s all-time leading scorer with 10,650 points.