Date: 5/27-6/12/1984

Magic Johnson was playing in his third consecutive NBA Finals (with a Finals MVP to boot), when he ran into Larry Bird and the Celtics in 1984. Instead of rising to the stage, Johnson got a new nickname. With Game 2 tied, he inexplicably dribbled out the clock to end regulation and, ultimately, the Lakers lost in overtime. Similarly, he blew Game 4 by committing a turnover that sent the game to overtime and missed two free throws that, if made, would have tied the game. Rather miraculously, the Lakers made it to Game 7 and, predictably, Johnson turned the ball over with a minute remaining and sealed the series for the Celtics.