Pacers playoff run brings back memories of Miller's 1995 comeback win
The Pacers won game one of their second round playoff series with the New York Knicks in convincing fashion. As the teams return to Madison Square Garden for game two of the series, many fans remember another big game from 18 years ago.
In fact, many sports writers consider it one of the all-time greatest comebacks in NBA history. It was game one of the 1995 Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. The Knicks led 105-99 with 18.7 seconds left.
Pacers fan Glen Stoker, watching the game on television, thought it was over.
"I was giving up hope and then the magic happens," Stoker recalled.
Reggie Miller scored 8 points in 9 seconds, leading the Pacers to a huge come-from-behind-win.
"I think it's one of the top 10 moments in NBA history," Stoker said. "It's certainly the top moment in Pacers history."
Looking at a replay, Marcus Ford said, "There's the steal. [Reggie] got three points and backed it up, amazing. It was truly amazing."
Albert Goodloe agreed.
"It's something you've never seen before in the NBA," said Goodloe.
Sara Egolf and her ten-year-old son Sam, decked out in Pacers gear, agreed. Even though Sam hadn't been born yet in 1995, he said he's seen the clip many times.
"I just like to see Reggie Miller hoist them up and knock them down," he said.
Sara added, "I just remember everyone out on the floor, the crowd going crazy. It was insane."
Fans also remembered the way Miller loved taunting the Knicks, especially filmmaker Spike Lee, a huge Knicks fan.
Interestingly, Miller returns to the Garden tonight as an announcer.
Stoker said while it "adds flavor to have that undercurrent there, I think most Knicks fans have moved on, maybe not Spike Lee, but most everyone else in New York. I think they now respect Reggie Miller and what he did."
Ford and Goodloe were already thinking about Saturday's game at Banker's Life Fieldhouse.
"We need tickets! As Pacers fans, we want tickets now!" Ford said.
The Egolfs already had their tickets with Sam predicting a victory.
"I'm pretty sure because of the way they've been playing all season," he said. "They're the best team in the league."
It won't be long before he knows for sure.