On This Day

Orlando Magic in History

Events in Sport

  • 1989-11-04 First NBA game at Orlando Arena, Orlando Magic loses to NJ Nets, 111-106

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992-06-24 NBA Draft: LSU center Shaquille O'Neal first pick by Orlando Magic

Basketball Player Shaquille O'Neal
Basketball Player
Shaquille O'Neal
  • 1992-08-07 The Orlando Magic signs NBA No. 1 draft pick Shaquille O'Neal
  • 1993-06-30 NBA Draft: Michigan center Chris Webber first pick by Orlando Magic (traded to Golden State)
  • 1995-05-05 Last basketball game at Boston Garden; Celtics eliminated from playoffs by Orlando Magic, 95-92

Sport awardNBA Finals

1995-06-14 49th NBA Championship: Houston Rockets sweep Orlando Magic in 4 games

NBA Center Hakeem Olajuwon
NBA Center
Hakeem Olajuwon
  • 1996-12-04 Orlando Magic tie NBA record of fewest points scored since inception of 24 second clock losing to Cleveland Cavalier, 84-57
  • 2000-01-02 19,600 fans watch the Miami Heat beat the Orlando Magic, 111-103 in the first NBA game at the Heat's new American Airlines Arena in Miami
  • 2000-11-01 Pat Riley becomes only 2nd coach in NBA history to accumulate 1,000 regular season victories when Miami Heat open season with a 105-79 victory v Orlando Magic; Lenny Wilkens is first to achieve the mark
  • 2004-06-24 NBA Draft: Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy power forward Dwight Howard first pick by Orlando Magic
  • 2008-01-13 Orlando Magic knock down a then NBA-record 23 3-pointers in 37 attempts (62.2%); Jameer Nelson goes 5-for-5 from beyond the arc as Magic beat the Sacramento Kings, 139-107

Sport awardNBA Finals

2009-06-14 NBA Finals: Los Angeles Lakers beat Orlando Magic, 99-86 in Game 5 for franchise's 15th NBA championship; MVP: Kobe Bryant

NBA Guard Kobe Bryant
NBA Guard
Kobe Bryant
  • 2018-01-30 Houston forward James Harden puts up highest scoring triple-double in NBA history (60 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists) as the Rockets beat Orlando Magic, 114-107 in Houston
  • 2018-01-31 Houston guard James Harden becomes first player in NBA history to log a 60-point triple-double with 60 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists, 4 steals and a block in Rockets' 114-107 win over Orlando Magic

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1959-05-10 Dan Schayes, NBA center/forward (Miami Heat, Orlando Magic)
  • 1961-09-17 Steve Clifford, American basketball head coach (Orlando Magic 2018-19; Charlotte Hornets 2013-18), born in Island Falls, Maine
  • 1961-10-13 Derek Harper, American NBA guard (NY Knicks, Orlando Magic), born in Elberton, Georgia
  • 1961-10-31 Doc Rivers, American NBA guard and head coach (NBA Coach of the Year 2000, Orlando Magic; Boston Celtics, LA Clippers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1963-05-17 Jon Koncak, NBA center (Orlando Magic)
  • 1963-08-22 Terry Catledge, American NBA star (Orlando Magic), born in Houston, Mississippi
  • 1963-09-11 Gerald Wilkins, American NBA guard (Orlando Magic), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1963-11-09 Anthony Bowie, American NBA guard (NY Knicks, Orlando Magic), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1964-02-15 Mark Price, NBA guard (Washington Bullets, Orlando Magic), born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma
  • 1964-05-23 Kenny Gattison, NBA forward (Orlando Magic)
  • 1964-12-17 Joe Wolf, NBA forward/center (Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets)
  • 1965-05-10 Rony Seikaly, NBA center (Orlando Magic, Golden State Warriors)
  • 1965-07-04 Harvey Grant, American NBA forward (Trail Blazers, Orlando Magic, Wizards), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1965-10-16 Tom Tolbert, American sports broadcaster (KNBR SF-'The Razor & Mr. T'; NBC, ESPN, ABC) and basketball forward (GS Warriors, Orlando Magic, LA Clippers), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1966-03-22 Brian Shaw, American NBA guard and coach (Orlando Magic, SF Warriors), born in Oakland, California
  • 1966-05-22 Donald Royal, American NBA forward (Charlotte Hornets, Orlando Magic), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1968-01-20 Nick Anderson, American basketball player (Orlando Magic), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1968-02-09 Derek Strong, NBA forward (LA Lakers, Orlando Magic)
  • 1968-06-22 Darrell Armstrong, NBA guard (Orlando Magic)
  • 1971-04-13 Charles "Bo" Outlaw, American NBA forward (LA Clippers, Orlando Magic), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1973-06-21 Frank Vogel, American basketball head coach (LA Lakers 2019, Indiana Pacers 2011-16; Orlando Magic 2016-18), born in Wildwood Crest, New Jersey
  • 1974-06-04 Johnny Taylor, NBA forward (Orlando Magic)
  • 1974-09-02 Jason Lawson, NBA center (Orlando Magic)
  • 1975-02-11 Jacque Vaughn, American basketball guard (Utah Jazz) and coach (Orlando Magic), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1979-05-24 Tracy McGrady, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (NBA All-Star 2001–07; NBA scoring champion 2003, 04; Toronto Raptors, Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets), born in Bartow, Florida