Playoff Face-Off: Best All-Time Magic Playoff Game

By Josh Cohen
April 23, 2011


I spent time watching some of the Orlando Magic's all-time greatest and most memorable playoff games in franchise history recently. After some intense debating with colleagues and friends about which game we thought was most unforgettable, I decided that I want you, the fans, to determine which is best.

It's difficult to determine what is the most significant facet of a playoff game. Some may suggest that the importance of the game (ex. a Finals victory or series clincher) is more essential than the sheer quality of the contest. Others, on the other hand, evaluate performance and the overall excitement of the game as a better indicator.

Though the Magic’s history is relatively young compared to many other franchises, there have been plenty of awe-inspiring playoff moments.

I listed my top eight all-time postseason games and randomly matched each of them to create a tournament to try and resolve which game deserves recognition as the best, most memorable playoff game in Magic history.

After tallying the votes from Round One, the winners will advance to the Second Round. The same procedure will be used to determine the championship.

Below are the First Round matchups. Vote on which game you think is most memorable to you. Here are the contenders. Click on each link for details and clips from the game:

  • 1995 First Round: Game 1 vs. Celtics (First Playoff Win in Franchise History)

  • 1995 Eastern Conference Semifinals: Game 1 vs. Bulls

  • 1995 Eastern Conference Finals: Game 7 vs. Pacers

  • 2009 Eastern Conference Semifinals: Game 7 at Celtics

  • 2009 Eastern Conference Finals: Game 1 at Cavaliers

  • 2009 Eastern Conference Finals: Game 4 vs. Cavaliers

  • 2009 Eastern Conference Finals: Game 6 vs. Cavaliers

  • 2009 NBA Finals: Game 3 vs. Lakers








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