LA Lakers NBA Playoffs: Flashback Video- Magic Johnson’s 1980 Finals Performance

With Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals tonight, here’s a treat from 1980. One of the greatest games of all-time by the one and only Magic!

Magic Johnson – 42 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists in series-clinching Game 6(1980 NBA Finals), in place of injured Kareem

In one game, a 20-year-old rookie named Magic Johnson went from precocious to prodigious. With six-time NBA MVP Kareem Abdul-Jabbar out with a severe ankle sprain, Magic started at center and turned in the best performance ever in an NBA Finals game — 42 points, 15 boards, seven assists — on the road, no less — as the Lakers won their first of five NBA titles in the ’80s.

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