Round: Eastern Conference Finals
Dates: May 23-June 4
Winner: Magic, 4-3
The Pacers just couldn't catch a break. A deep and balanced team, Indiana should've made more than one Finals appearance in the '90s and early '00s, but someone was always in the way. This time, it was Shaq and Penny. Orlando and Indiana played each other close, with neither team winning by more than five in the first five games, including a memorable buzzer beater from Rik Smits in Game 4. The Magic took a pivotal Game 5, behind 35 and 15 from Shaq and eventually ended the series at home in a Game 7 blowout.