Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Opponent: Boston Celtics
Result: Lakers over Celtics, 4-2
Finals stats: 26.2 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 13.0 APG, 2.3 SPG
Magic was his typical self during the 1987 Finals, posting near triple-double averages and generally wreaking havoc as his Lakers won the rubber match of their three mid-'80s clashes against the Boston Celtics.
He led the Lakers in all statistical categories except blocks, orchestrating the "Showtime" offense with his typical mastery as a tired Celtics squad fresh off a seven game conference finals struggled to keep up. In Game 4, Magic hit his iconic "Junior, junior skyhook" over the outstretched arms of Kevin McHale and Robert Parish to win the game and give his team a 3-1 series lead, effectively burying the Celtics. He then helped close out the series with 16 points, eight rebounds, and 19 assists in Game 6, prompting Larry Bird to call Magic, "The best [basketball player] I've ever seen."