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CAN "DREAM MATCH-UP" BOOST NBC TO NEW NBA FINALS RECORD?
Published June 7, 1995
In Atlanta, Prentis Rogers writes that it is "unlikely" that the Magic-Rockets series will top the all-time ratings high of 17.3, set in '93 with the Bulls-Suns, but that the two teams "appear to be a cinch to surpass" last year's Rockets-Knicks final, which averaged a 12.3. Rogers notes that neither team is from a Top 10 market, while all four of the NHL's playoff teams are in the Top 10 (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 6/7). In Milwaukee, Michael Bauman notes that the only two not touting the match-up as a two-man series --Hakeem vs. Shaq -- "are the primary combatants themselves." O'Neal: "That's what NBC does to try to get more viewers. That's what a lot of people do. It's part of the business. But it's really a team game, Orlando vs. Houston" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 6/7). The last half-hour of the Magic's Game 7 win over the Pacers drew a 56.5 rating and a 72 share in Orlando (David Whitley, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 6/7).