1995 Eastern Conference Finals
Date: May 23-June 4, 1995
Teams and result: Orlando Magic over Indiana Pacers in seven games.
After losing in the 1994 Conference Finals, the Pacers were set to make amends. Orlando took two of the first three matchups heading into Game 4, which was one of the most exciting finishes in any game of any sport, ever. With 15.3 seconds left, Orlando's Brian Shaw hit a three-pointer, countered by Reggie Miller hitting his own to regain the lead with 5.2 tics left, that was then immediately followed with yet another trey from Penny Hardaway with 1.3 left. But then Rik Smits dumped in the game winner as time expired. 11 points, 15.3 seconds, four lead changes, utter madness.
Orlando got over it quickly with a two-point victory a couple days later. Indiana was able to take Game 6, but then the Magic knocked them out with a 24-point win at home to take the conference, only to get skunked in the Finals (that's what we were referring to in the intro when we said Conference Finals are sometimes better then the last round).