All December long the Back Home Again staff will be recounting the Top 25 Reggie Miller Moments of all-time as part of our “25 Days of Reggie.” The countdown will serve as a great way to get geared up for the start of the 2011 NBA season (and Christmas) as we remember and honor one of the NBA’s most clutch performers and the Indiana Pacers’ greatest player ever.
May 4th, 2000: At Miller Moment #11, we continue to add to the playoff legacy of our man, Reggie. Faced with a Game 5 in the Pacers first round series against the upstart 8th-seeded Bucks, Reggie put on one of the best shows of his career, scoring 41 points to lead the Pacers to a 96-95 victory. As we would later find out, this performance would carry the Pacers all the way to Reggie’s only NBA Finals appearance (sadly).
Now, like with most of Reggie’s feats, it was no easy task. The Bucks had whipped the Pacers by 13 points in Game 4 and were looking to shock the world on their return trip to Conseco Fieldhouse. However, Reggie had been through too many disheartening series against the Bulls and Knicks over the years, and he refused to let another shot at a championship slip through his fingers. By sheer will and baskets, he kept the Pacers in the game until the final moments when he drove baseline and initiated a series of quick passes that ended with Travis Best hitting a three from the corner, which gave the Pacers the lead with 16.5 seconds left. Ray Allen had a chance to win it at the buzzer, but, because he is Reggie’s subordinate, he obviously missed it.
The biggest of games came knocking, and Reggie, as usual, responded with an even bigger answer in the form of 41 points.
Here is a video of the last five minutes of the game for your viewing pleasure:
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