The Indiana Pacers face a fascinating and tough rebuilding this season after losing two-way star Paul George, with third-season tyro Myles Turner abruptly becoming the franchise’s key man.
With just eight days until the 2017-18 NBA season tips off, this week’s edition of Too Good Tuesday takes Pacers fans on a trip down memory lane to one of their greatest-ever victories – courtesy of the mercurial Reggie Miller.
The New York Knicks led the Pacers 105-99 with just 18.7 seconds left in Game 1 of the 1995 Eastern Conference semi-finals, before crumbling in emphatic fashion as Miller lit it up.
The Hall-of-Famer, who played his entire 18-year career in Indiana, peeled off a clutch three-pointer from an inbound pass from teammate Mark Jackson. He then stole the resultant inbound pass from the Knicks’ Anthony Mason before dribbling back beyond the arc and draining another three – just 3.2 seconds after the previous one.
Remember Reggie Miller scoring 8 points in 9 seconds at MSG to stun the Knicks? Of course we paired that moment with Titanic music! 🏀🚢🎼 pic.twitter.com/XNhizVdEb5
— Titanic Hoops (@TitanicHoops) December 29, 2016
With the scores tied, New York linchpin John Starks was fouled in the ensuing possession but missed both free throws and Patrick Ewing’s shot after taking the offensive rebound rimmed out.
Miller was fouled after claiming the rebound and sunk both free throws to give the Pacers a 107-105 lead with 7.5 seconds remaining. The stunned Knicks had one last chance to win or level the game, but were unable to get a shot away.
The Pacers went on to win the series in seven games – sweet revenge for going down to the Knicks in the previous year’s conference finals, and a triumph unequivocally sparked by the talismanic Miller’s mind-blowing Game 1 heroics.
Miller’s ‘eight points in nine seconds’ feat rates among the most fabled of all individual NBA playoffs performances.