Magic Johnson Greatest Games: 26pts/7rebs/18asts vs Houston Rockets (1986 WCF Game 1)

One of Magic’s forgotten great games, 1986 WC Finals Game 1 against the Houston Rockets.

When the Western Conference Finals opened on May 10 at the Forum, all went as planned. The Lakers won, 119-107, and Magic played his best game of the season, scoring 26 points and making one unbelievable pass after another (he finished the game with 18 assists).

At one point, the crowd of 17,505 offered a two minute standing ovation after he bounced a no-look fireball to a slashing Worthy. It was Magic show in Game 1 as he finished the game with 26 points, 7 rebounds, 18 assists and 3 steals on 9/15 FG .

Although Magic played great b-ball in this series (avg. 22pts/8rebs/16asts on 53% FG in 5 games), Lakers lost 4-1 in a Hakeem-Sampson show.