Pacers vs. Bulls - 1998
|1||Tuesday, May 17, 1998||Chicago 85, Pacers 79||1-0|
|2||Thursday, May 19, 1998||Chicago 104, Pacers 98||2-0|
|3||Monday, May 23, 1998||Pacers 107, Chicago 105||2-1|
|4||Wednesday, May 25, 1998||Pacers 96, Chicago 94||2-2|
|5||Friday, May 27, 1998||Chicago 106, Pacers 87||3-2|
|6||Sunday, May 29, 1998||Pacers 92, Chicago 89||3-3|
|7||Tuesday, May 31, 1998||Chicago 88, Pacers 83||4-3|
In 1998, the Pacers challenged a dynasty by going up against Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. In what turned out to be his final season in Chicago, and thus the end of the Bulls’ dynasty, Jordan saw the gap narrowing between his team and the competition. The Bulls won 62 games but finished just four games ahead of the Pacers, who set a then-franchise record with 58 wins in Larry Bird’s first season as head coach. Indiana’s growth was evident in a 4-1 spanking of the Knicks in the second round. That brought a meeting with the two-time defending champions.
After dropping two close games in Chicago, the Pacers again made Memorial Day Weekend memorable with two thrilling wins in front of a frenzied home crowd at Market Square Arena. Miller scored 13 of his 28 points in the final 4 1/2 minutes of a 107-105 victory in Game 3, despite a sprained ankle. But it was in Game 4 that he would leave an indelible mark. With the Bulls leading 94-93, Miller broke free of Jordan, received an inbounds pass beyond the 3-point line and hit the game-winner with seven-tenths of a second to play.
The home team held serve in the next two games, setting up Game 7. In a classic performance by both teams, the Pacers held a 72-69 lead with less than 9 minutes to play. The Bulls clamped down defensively, dominated the boards and it was Scottie Pippen, not Jordan, who hit the big shots down the stretch as the Bulls prevailed, 88-83. Chicago went on to win its sixth title in eight years.