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.
The picture above is perhaps the most famous picture of Reggie Miller. It pictures #31 at his best: Playoff time, late in the game, at the three-point line, in Madison Square Garden. Look at all of the faces in the crowd. In one photo you can sum up the relationship between Knicks fans and Reggie. I’ve always said that this photo would make a great mural on my wall when I have a family of my own.
The 1998 Eastern Conference Semifinals featured the return of the Pacers-Knicks rivalry, after a two-year hiatus. The Pacers were the favorites and had won Games 1 and 2, but the Knicks took Game 3 in Madison Square Garden. Game 4 would be the turning point of the series, and what a game it was. It looked like the Knicks had the game in hand with ten seconds left, up by three. That’s when Reggie stunned the Knicks.
Miller tied the game with a three in front of thousands of bamboozled Knicks fans, leaving us with the great photo. He went on to finish with 38 points, his 7th 30-point performance against the Knicks in the playoffs! The Pacers won the game 118-107. Mark Jackson recalls that, after the game, Reggie was stunned with the Knicks defense in the closing seconds of regulation. Reggie said “Jack! Can you believe they shifted to you and left me open!?”
The Pacers would win the series in five games and move on to meet the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Finals, a series which we’ll certainly visit soon in our countdown. Thanks for tuning in!