Reggie Miller, former Indiana Pacer, scored eight amazing points in 8.9 seconds that beat the New York Knicks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Whew, when did it exactly happen? It was on May 7, 1995 when a basketball legend was made.
Time could fly fast. Famous athletes could be forgotten but not Miller. With his astonishing moves at the hard court, there’s no way you could possibly forget him.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of that jaw-dropping and intense moment made by no less than Miller himself in the famous Madison Square Garden. Getting thrilled by the so-called throwback, Miller unselfishly shared his memories of that adrenaline-packed night with Pacers Director of Media Relations David Benner.
“I still smile thinking about it. To do it in New York, on that stage, against them. It was us, Indiana, vs. them, New York, small market vs. big market. That’s why I smile,” said the former Indiana Pacer athlete.
Miller recalled the game as perfect storm. According to him, it was a tight game and a lot of things had to happen for his team to win.
In his throwback, Miller’s great basketball stunts in that crucial Game 1 were recalled by fans and even players and coaches. Every NBA enthusiasts remembered how he scored two three-points and two free throws, making him a true basketball legend of his time.
Although Indiana lost in the Eastern Conference Finals to the Orlando Magic, the name Reggie Miller was still etched in the mind of Indiana fans.
Yes, that 8.9 record and the Indiana’s 107-105 victory against the New York Knicks made Miller an instant basketball celebrity and a Hall of Famer. Other points didn’t really matter to audience. What mattered most was those eight points made in 8.9 seconds; only Miller and his moves in those 18.7 crucial seconds mattered then. That’s why the legendary athlete has been remembered and will always be remembered.
Now Miller and the whole Indiana team hope that the former’s contribution to NBA and his enthusiasm and passion for the game will serve as inspiration to younger generation of basketball stars.
Well, 8 points in 8.9 seconds? Definitely an inspiration. Thank you, Miller, and happy anniversary to you, man of amazing moves!