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20th Anniversary of NBA Live: A Game of NBA Live 95, Play-By-Play

Orlando Magic vs. Houston Rockets in NBA Live 95

If you can’t catch NBA games live on TV, you might be familiar with the play-by-play live scores on NBA.com, as well as ESPN.com and Yahoo! NBA. Well, you really should look into NBA League Pass Broadband if you can, but if a subscription is too expensive, or just not feasible for whatever reason, the live scores are pretty much your best (legal) option for following along with NBA games.

Many, many years ago, there was a period in my NBA fanaticism when I didn’t have the opportunity to watch a lot of games live. My cousin, who had pay TV, recorded games for me to watch later on VHS, and I also made use of PonTel. However, when I wanted to keep up to date with a big game, I’d have to jump online – dialup Internet, no less – and fire up the live scores. Incidentally, the first game I followed along with online was Game 5 of the 1999 NBA Finals. At the time, I thought it was pretty cool, though it obviously has nothing on League Pass Broadband.

As I’ve previously mentioned, back in high school, my cousin would always come to stay with us in the holidays, and we’d spend a lot of time playing NBA Live and NBA Jam. You know, in between watching NBA videos, and trying to emulate our favourite players on my hoop in the backyard. Since we loved NBA Live 95 on PC – even though it was a few years old at that point – we were playing through a season with the Houston Rockets. We had a lot of fun with that season: as may have seen, we brought Larry Bird out of retirement, and we once held Shaquille O’Neal to just 17 points (1 point in the second half!) in a full length game.

We also documented one of the games we played, play-by-play, on audio cassette. VHS, audio cassette, dial-up Internet…be sure to look up these ancient technologies on Wikipedia kids, you’ll get a kick out of it! Anyway, we documented the entire game, and then transcribed it to post on the NBA Live Domain, which I was running at the time. For your enjoyment, and indeed, for posterity, here is the play-by-play from that game, documented in the style of the NBA.com live scores back then.

Please note that we’d made a couple of trades by this point in the season. Additionally, this recap unfortunately doesn’t capture some of the saltier things we said when the CPU stopped playing fairly, our bad imitations of Marv Albert, and a few sarcastic parodies of late 90s advertisements during pauses in the action. Ah, youth…

NBA Live 95: Orlando Magic (118) at Houston Rockets (146)

Hakeem Olajuwon dunks in NBA Live 95

Start 1st Quarter

Rockets win tip
Hou: Robert Horry three pointer
Houston 3, Orlando 0

Orl: Shaquille O’Neal dunk
Houston 3, Orlando 2

Hou: Hakeem Olajuwon missed dunk
Orl: Shaquille O’Neal defensive rebound
Orl: Anfernee Hardaway driving dunk
Orlando 4, Houston 3

Hou: Hakeem Olajuwon dunk off Clyde Drexler alley-oop pass
Houston 5, Orlando 4

Orl: Shaquille O’Neal hookshot
Orlando 6, Houston 5

Hou: Clyde Drexler jumpshot
Orl: Nick Anderson block
Anfernee Hardaway driving dunk
Orlando 8, Houston 5

Orl: Shaquille O’Neal defensive rebound
Orl: Horace Grant turnover – out of bounds
Hou: Robert Horry dunk off Hakeem Olajuwon alley-oop pass
Orlando 8, Houston 7

Orl: Nick Anderson missed three pointer
Hou: Hakeem Olajuwon defensive rebound
Hou: Hakeem Olajuwon dunk off Clyde Drexler alley-oop
Houston 9, Orlando 8

Orl: Shaquille O’Neal dunk
Orlando 10, Houston 9

Orl: Anfernee Hardaway bad pass: Out of bounds
Hou: Kenny Smith three pointer
Houston 12, Orlando 10

Hou: Kenny Smith defensive foul
Orl: Nick Anderson three pointer
Orlando 13, Houston 12

Hou: Robert Horry layup
Houston 14, Orlando 13

Orl: Backcourt violation
Orl: Nick Anderson steal
Orl: Dennis Scott missed three pointer
Hou: Cedric Ceballos defensive rebound
Orl: Anfernee Hardaway defensive foul
Hou: Clyde Drexler dunk off Robert Horry alley-oop pass
Houston 16, Orlando 13

Orl: Horace Grant missed jumpshot
Hou: Hakeem Olajuwon defensive rebound
Hou: Robert Horry layup
Houston 18, Orlando 13

Orl: Shaquille O’Neal dunk
Houston 18, Orlando 15

Hou: Cedric Ceballos layup
Orl: Shaquille O’Neal flagrant foul
Hou: Cedric Ceballos injured for game
Hou: Mario Elie for Cedric Ceballos
Hou: Mario Elie made first of two free throws
Houston 19, Orlando 15
Hou: Mario Elie made second of two free throws
Houston 20, Orlando 15

Hou: Clyde Drexler driving dunk
Houston 22, Orlando 15

Orl: Shaquille O’Neal driving dunk
Houston 22, Orlando 17

Hou: Hakeem Olajuwon driving layup
Houston 24, Orlando 17

Orl: Anfernee Hardaway jumpshot
Houston 24, Orlando 19

Hou: Hakeem Olajuwon jumpshot
Orl: Shaquille O’Neal block
Hou: Robert Horry steal
Orl: Nick Anderson steal
Orl: Nick Anderson missed jumpshot
Hou: Hakeem Olajuwon defensive rebound
Hou: Robert Horry driving dunk
Houston 26, Orlando 19

Orl: Anfernee Hardaway three pointer
Houston 26, Orlando 22

Hou: Robert Horry defensive foul
Orl: Brian Shaw missed three pointer
Hou: Robert Horry missed jumpshot
Hou: Robert Horry offensive rebound
Hou: Hakeem Olajuwon dunk off Clyde Drexler alley-oop pass
Houston 28, Orlando 22

Orl: Dennis Scott three pointer
Hou: Mario Elie block
Hou: Mario Elie jumpshot
Houston 30, Orlando 25

Orl: Dennis Scott three pointer
Houston 30, Orlando 25

Hou: Clyde Drexler three pointer
Houston 33, Orlando 25

Hou: Robert Horry defensive foul
Orl: Backcourt violation
Hou: Mario Elie missed jumpshot
Orl: Anfernee Hardaway defensive rebound
Orl: Dennis Scott missed three pointer
Hou: Hakeem Olajuwon defensive rebound
Orl: Anthony Avent steal
Orl: Dennis Scott missed three pointer
Hou: Hakeem Olajuwon defensive rebound
Hou: Mario Elie jumpshot
Houston 35, Orlando 25

Hou: Clyde Drexler steal
Hou: Clyde Drexler dunk
Houston 37, Orlando 25

Orl: Dennis Scott three pointer
Hou: Mario Elie block
Hou: Kevin Willis for Hakeem Olajuwon
Hou: Tyrone Hill for Robert Horry
Hou: John Starks for Clyde Drexler
Hou: Sam Cassell for Kenny Smith
Orl: Dennis Scott missed three pointer
Orl: Anthony Avent offensive rebound
Orl: Dennis Scott jumpshot
Hou: Tyrone Hill block
Hou: John Starks three pointer
Houston 40, Orlando 25

Orl: Out of bounds
Orl: Jeff Turner defensive foul
Hou: John Starks misses first of two free throws
Hou: John Starks misses second of two free throws
Orl: Jeff Turner rebound
Orl: Dennis Scott three pointer
Houston 40, Orlando 28

Hou: Mario Elie misses jumpshot
Hou: Kevin Willis defensive foul
Orl: Dennis Scott missed three pointer
Hou: Mario Elie driving layup
Houston 42, Orlando 28

Orl: Anfernee Hardaway jumpshot
Hou: Sam Cassell block

End of first quarter
Houston 42, Orlando 28

Shaquille O'Neal in NBA Live 95

Start of second quarter

Hou: Tyrone Hill dunk off Sam Cassell alley-oop
Houston 44, Orlando 28

Orl: Jeff Turner missed jumpshot
Orl: Jeff Turner offensive rebound
Hou: Mario Elie steal
Hou: Mario Elie missed jumpshot
Hou: Mario Elie offensive rebound
Hou: Tyrone Hill driving layup
Houston 46, Orlando 28

Orl: Nick Anderson missed three pointer
Hou: Kevin Willis defensive rebound
Hou: John Starks driving dunk
Houston 48, Orlando 28

Orl: Dennis Scott three pointer
Houston 48, Orlando 31

Hou: Mario Elie layup
Houston 50, Orlando 31

Orl: 20 Second Timeout
Hou: Mario Elie steal
Hou: John Starks layup
Houston 52, Orlando 31

Hou: Sam Cassell flagrant foul
Orl: Horace Grant injured for game
Orl: Jeff Turner for Horace Grant
Orl: Jeff Turner misses first of two free throws
Orl: Jeff Turner makes second of two free throws
Houston 52, Orlando 32

Hou: Hakeem Olajuwon for Kevin Willis
Hou: Robert Horry for Tyrone Hill
Hou: Kenny Walker for Mario Elie
Hou: Clyde Drexler for John Starks
Hou: Kenny Smith for Sam Cassell
Orl: Dennis Scott missed three pointer
Hou: Robert Horry defensive rebound
Hou: Clyde Drexler dunk off Hakeem Olajuwon alley-oop pass
Houston 54, Orlando 32

Orl: Nick Anderson three pointer
Hou: Mario Elie block
Hou: Hakeem Olajuwon: Goal tending
Orl: Nick Anderson three pointer
Houston 54, Orlando 35

Hou: Clyde Drexler three pointer
Hou: Robert Horry offensive rebound
Hou: Robert Horry dunk
Orl: Nick Anderson block
Orl: Dennis Scott three pointer
Hou: Robert Horry defensive rebound
Orl: Anfernee Hardaway steal
Nick Anderson three pointer
Houston 54, Orlando 38

Clyde Drexler driving dunk
Houston 56, Orlando 38

Hou: Kenny Smith out of bounds
Nick Anderson three pointer
Houston 56, Orlando 41

Orl: Donald Royal steal
Orl: Nick Anderson three pointer
Orl: Donald Royal offensive rebound
Orl: Shaquille O’Neal jumpshot
Houston 56, Orlando 43

Hou: Kenny Smith three pointer
Hou: Kenny Walker defensive rebound
Hou: Robert Horry jumpshot
Houston 58, Orlando 43

Orl: Nick Anderson three pointer
Hou: Hakeem Olajuwon defensive rebound
Orl: Jeff Turner defensive foul
Hou: Clyde Drexler three pointer
Orl: Nick Anderson defensive rebound
Orl: Shaquille O’Neal driving dunk
Houston 58, Orlando 45

Hou: Robert Horry jumpshot
Orl: Brian Shaw defensive rebound
Orl: Brian Shaw three pointer
Houston 58, Orlando 48

Orl: Brian Shaw defensive foul
Hou: Robert Horry driving dunk
Orl: Anthony Avent block
Hou: Kenny Walker jumpshot
Hou: Robert Horry offensive rebound
Hou: Hakeem Olajuwon dunk off alley-oop pass from Robert Horry
Orl: Anthony Avent defensive rebound
Orl: Nick Anderson three pointer
Houston 58, Orlando 51

Hou: Clyde Drexler driving layup
Houston 60, Orlando 51

Orl: Nick Anderson three pointer
Hou: Robert Horry block
Orl: Nick Anderson three pointer
Hou: Clyde Drexler block
Orl: Nick Anderson three pointer
Hou: Hakeem Olajuwon defensive rebound
Orl: Brian Shaw steal
Hou: Hakeem Olajuwon steal
Hou: Hakeem Olajuwon dunk off alley-oop
Houston 62, Orlando 51

Orl: Shaquille O’Neal driving dunk
Houston 62, Orlando 53

Hou: Robert Horry hoolshot
Houston 64, Orlando 53

Orl: Nick Anderson three pointer
Houston 64, Orlando 56

Orl: Donald Royal flagrant foul
Hou: Kenny Walker injured for game
Hou: Mario Elie for Kenny Walker
Hou: Mario Elie free throw
Houston 65, Orlando 56

Hou: Mario Elie free throw
Houston 66, Orlando 56

Hou: Mario Elie three pointer
Hou: Hakeem Olajuwon offensive rebound
Hou: Hakeem Olajuwon dunk off alley-oop
Houston 68, Orlando 56

Orl: 20 second timeout
Hou: John Starks for Clyde Drexler
Hou: Sam Cassell for Kenny Smith
Hou: Tyrone Hill for Robert Horry
Hou: Sam Cassell steal
Hou: John Starks jumpshot
Hou: Sam Cassell offensive rebound
Orl: Jeff Turner defensive foul
Orl: Wayne Rollins defensive foul
Hou: Tyrone Hill free throw
Houston 69, Orlando 56

Hou: Tyrone Hill free throw
Houston 70, Orlando 56

Hou: John Starks three pointer
Houston 73, Orlando 56

Orl: Dennis Scott three pointer
Houston 73, Orlando 59

Hou: Sam Cassell bad pass out of bounds
Orl: Donald Royal three pointer
Hou: Tyrone Hill defensive rebound
Hou: Tyrone Hill jumpshot
Orl: Jeff Turner block
Hou: Tyrone Hill jumpshot
Orl: Anfernee Hardaway defensive rebound
Orl: Anfernee Hardaway out of bounds
Hou: John Starks three pointer
Hou: Sam Cassell offensive rebound
Hou: Hakeem Olajuwon jumpshot
Orl: Wayne Rollins block

End of second quarter
Houston 73, Orlando 59

Anfernee Hardaway in NBA Live 95

Start of third quarter

Hou: Mario Elie three pointer
Houston 76, Orlando 59

Orl: Dennis Scott jumpshot
Houston 76, Orlando 61

Hou: Clyde Drexler dunk off alley-oop
Houston 78, Orlando 61

Orl: Nick Anderson three pointer
Houston 78, Orlando 64

Hou: Mario Elie three pointer
Orl: Shaquille O’Neal defensive rebound
Orl: Nick Anderson three pointer
Orl: Out of bounds
Hou: Hakeem Olajuwon driving layup
Houston 80, Orlando 64

Orl: Out of Bounds
Hou: Shot clock violation
Hou: Olajuwon steal
Hou: Hakeem Olajuwon layup
Houston 82, Orlando 64

Orl: Nick Anderson three pointer
Hou: Kenny Smith layup
Orl: Nick Anderson three pointer
Orl: Jeff Turner offensive rebound
Hou: Robert Horry steal
Hou: Hakeem Olajuwon jumpshot
Houston 84, Orlando 64

Orl: Dennis Scott three pointer
Hou: Hakeem Olajuwon dunk
Houston 86, Orlando 64

Orl: Out of bounds
Hou: Hakeem Olajuwon dunk
Houston 88, Orlando 64

Orl: Nick Anderson three pointer
Hou: Clyde Drexler block
Orl: Dennis Scott three pointer
Orl: Shaquille O’Neal
Orl: Dennis Scott three pointer
Hou: Robert Horry block
Orl: Anfernee Hardaway steal
Orl: Anthony Avent jumpshot
Houston 88, Orlando 66

Hou: Robert Horry jumpshot
Houston 90, Orlando 66

Orl: Nick Anderson three pointer
Houston 90, Orlando 69

Hou: Robert Horry jumpshot
Orl: Nick Anderson defensive rebound
Orl: Shaquille O’Neal jumpshot
Houston 90, Orlando 71

Orl: Shaquille O’Neal defensive foul
Hou: Hakeem Olajuwon jumpshot
Houston 92, Orlando 71

Hou: Hakeem Olajuwon free throw
Houston 93, Orlando 71

Orl: Nick Anderson three pointer
Hou: Robert Horry block
Hou: Kenny Smith three pointer
Orl: Anfernee Hardaway defensive rebound
Hou: Hakeem Olajuwon steal
Orl: Shaquille O’Neal jumpshot
Houston 93, Orlando 73

Hou: Robert Horry dunk
Houston 95, Orlando 73

Orl: Dennis Scott three pointer
Orl: Donal Royal offensive rebound
Orl: Dennis Scott three pointer
Houston 95, Orlando 76

Hou: Tyrone Hill for Robert Horry
Hou: John Starks for Mario Elie
Hou: Sam Cassell for Clyde Drexler
Hou: Greg Anthony for Kenny Smith
Hou: Greg Anthony layup
Houston 97, Orlando 76

Orl: Nick Anderson three pointer
Hou: Hakeem Olajuwon rebound
Hou: Greg Anthony layup
Houston 99, Orlando 76

Orl: Nick Anderson offensive foul
Hou: Tyrone Hill dunk
Houston 101, Orlando 78

Hou: Tyrone Hill dunk
Houston 103, Orlando 78

Orl: Anfernee Hardaway driving dunk
Houston 103, Orlando 80

Hou: Tyrone Hill dunk
Houston 105, Orlando 80

Hou: Greg Anthony layup
Houston 107, Orlando 80

Orl: Anfernee Hardaway dunk
Houston 107, Orlando 82

Orl: Anfernee Hardaway steal
Hou: Greg Anthony defensive foul
Orl: Brian Shaw three pointer
Houston 107, Orlando 85

Hou: Tyrone Hill defensive foul
Hou: John Starks three pointer
Houston 110, Orlando 85

Orl: Dennis Scott three pointer
Houston 110, Orlando 88

Hou: Hakeem Olajuwon jumpshot
Hou: Hakeem Olajuwon offensive rebound
Hou: Hakeem Olajuwon jumpshot

End of third quarter
Houston 110, Orlando 88

Hakeem Olajuwon dunks in NBA Live 95

Start of fourth quarter

Hou: Clyde Drexler three pointer
Hou: Clyde Drexler defensive foul
Hou: Kenny Smith defensive foul
Hou: Kevin Willis defensive foul
Orl: Brian Shaw three pointer
Hou: Kevin Willis jumpshot
Orl: Dennis Scott three pointer
Houston 110, Orlando 91

Hou: Mario Elie dunk
Houston 112, Orlando 91

Orl: Out of bounds
Hou: Kevin Willis dunk
Houston 114, Orlando 91

Hou: Clyde Drexler three pointer
Hou: Kenny Smith out of bounds
Orl: Anfernee Hardaway jumpshot
Hou: Kevin Willis defensive rebound
Orl: Shaquille O’Neal defensive foul
Orl: Anfernee Hardaway steal
Orl: Anfernee Hardaway out of bounds
Orl: Anthony Avent dunk
Houston 114, Orlando 93

Hou: Mario Elie out of bounds
Orl: Dennis Scott three pointer
Houston 114, Orlando 96

Orl: Shaquille O’Neal defensive foul
Hou: Robert Horry dunk
Houston 116, Orlando 96

Hou: Hakeem Olajuwon dunk
Houston 118, Orlando 96

Hou: Hakeem Olajuwon jumpshot
Orl: Shaquille O’Neal block
Orl: Dennis Scott three pointer
Hou: Robert Horry block
Hou: Hakeem Olajuwon jumpshot
Houston 120, Orlando 96

Orl: Anfernee Hardaway dunk
Houston 120, Orlando 98

Orl: Anthony Avent steal
Orl: Shaquille O’Neal jumpshot
Houston 120, Orlando 100

Orl: Shaquille O’Neal foul
Hou: Clyde Drexler layup
Houston 122, Orlando 100

Hou: Clyde Drexler free throw
Houston 123, Orlando 100

Orl: Dennis Scott three pointer
Houston 123, Orlando 103

Hou: Hakeem Olajuwon dunk
Houston 125, Orlando 103
Hou: Sam Cassell steal
Hou: Clyde Drexler driving layup
Houston 127, Orlando 103

Orl: Nick Anderson dunk
Houston 127, Orlando 105

Hou: Robert Horry jumpshot
Orl: Nick Anderson jumpshot
Hou: Robert Horry block
Orl: Out of bounds
Hou: Mario Elie three pointer
Hou: Robert Horry offensive rebound
Hou: Hakeem Olajuon jumpshot
Houston 129, Orlando 105

Orl: Nick Anderson three pointer
Houston 129, Orlando 108

Hou: Sam Cassell three pointer
Hou: Sam Cassell defensive foul
Orl: Anfernee Hardaway free throw
Houston 129, Orlando 109

Orl: Anfernee Hardaway free throw
Hou: Robert Horry three pointer
Hou: Clyde Drexler three pointer
Hou: Hakeem Olajuwon offensive rebound
Hou: Hakeem Olajuwon layup
Houston 131, Orlando 109

Orl: Nick Anderson three pointer
Orl: Out of bounds
Hou: Greg Anthony for Sam Cassell
Hou: Kenny Smith for Clyde Drexler
Hou: John Starks for Mario Elie
Hou: Tyrone Hill for Robert Horry
Orl: Anfernee Hardaway steal
Orl: Nick Anderson three pointer
Orl: Donald Royal offensive rebound
Orl: Nick Anderson three pointer
Houston 131, Orlando 112

Hou: Tyrone Hill layup
Orl: Nick Anderson three pointer
Hou: John Starks defensive rebound
Orl: Anfernee Hardaway steal
Orl: Nick Anderson three pointer
Hakeem Olajuwon driving dunk
Houston 133, Orlando 112

Orl: Nick Anderson three pointer
Houston 133, Orlando 115

Hou: Hakeem Olajuwon out of bounds
Hou: Greg Anthony steal
Hou: Hakeem Olajuwon dunk
Houston 135, Orlando 115

Orl: Out of bounds
Hou: John Starks three pointer
Hou: John Starks offensive rebound
Hou: John Starks jumpshot
Orl: Team defensive rebound
Orl: Brian Shaw three pointer
Orl: Out of bounds
Hou: Tyrone Hill dunk
Houston 137, Orlando 115

Hou: John Starks dunk
Houston 139, Orlando 115

Orl: Brian Shaw out of bounds
Hou: Greg Anthony three pointer
Houston 142, Orlando 115

Orl: Brian Shaw defensive foul
Hou: Kenny Smith free throw
Houston 143, Orlando 115

Hou: Kenny Smith free throw
Houston 144, Orlando 115

Orl: Dennis Scott three pointer
Houston 144, Orlando 118

Hou: John Starks three pointer
Hou: Out of bounds
Hou: John Starks steal
Hou: Kenny Smith layup
Houston 146, Orlando 118

Orl: Brian Shaw jumpshot

End of game
Final Score: Houston 146, Orlando 118

Player of the Game: Hakeem Olajuwon

Hakeem Olajuwon Portrait in NBA Live 95

39 Points
10 Rebounds
10 Assists
5 Steals

So, there you have it. A whole game of NBA Live 95, twelve minute quarters, play-by-play. In case you’re wondering why I’m posting this again, all these years later…well, when I stumbled across it, I figured it might make for a fun read as part of our content for the 20th Anniversary of NBA Live. Also, it seemed like such a shame to have it just sitting there on my hard drive and in my backups, unread and going to waste, after all the time it took to transcribe it back in 1999. In any event, I hope that you enjoyed it; I’m sure I’ll be able to find some more fun stuff in the archives as we celebrate 20 years of NBA Live!

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Nice one thanks!!! I wanted to ask you if you and your cousin played coop and if so if you were locked to a position and which difficulty the CPU was at. It must have been a lot of fun, a the time I played only NHL videogames and didn’t try yet NBA ones but Sports games have always been a passion of mine.