This is Orlando's third season of at least 55 wins. The Magic made at least the conference finals after their two previous 55-win seasons.
The Magic were eliminated by the Pistons in each of the past two postseasons.
The Magic had lost seven straight postseason series before beating the Raptors in the first round last season.
Before this series, the Magic were one of two franchises to have made the NBA Finals but not win a game. (Cavaliers are the other.)
Seven expansion teams have been added to the NBA since 1989. The Magic were the first of these teams to make the NBA Finals (1995).
This is the fourth time in his career Kobe Bryant has scored at least 500 points in a single playoff year. Only one other player in NBA history has scored 500-plus points in four different playoff seasons. Michael Jordan did it eight times.
The Lakers have made the most NBA Finals in history with 30, but are just 14-15 during those series.
The Lakers won five of their 14 NBA titles while the franchise was located in Minneapolis.
Phil Jackson is now 50-21 (.704) in playoff games in which his team has had a chance to clinch a series. Only one head coach has a better record than Jackson in potential series-clinching games (minimum 15 games). Gregg Popovich is 24-8 (.750).
Phil Jackson has won nine NBA titles as a coach. He is tied with Red Auerbach for the most all-time.