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Pacers employee Donnie Strack (white shirt, tan pants) talks about a Reggie Miller buzzer-beater in the 2002 Playoffs



May 2, 2002: Reggie Miller reacts to hitting a buzzer-beating three and sending Game 5 of the Nets-Pacers first-round series into overtime

Strack: "Reggie's made these buzzer-beaters numerous times, but each time it's like it's the first time he's done it. Ron Artest and Brad Miller and Ron Mercer were kind of in shock. They had just joined the team a month and a half earlier, and they'd heard about Reggie's moments. And then he came through. They were all in awe. ... After 5-10 seconds of madness, Reggie became the mediator, telling everyone to chill out. When he gets in a zone like that, he gets pretty quiet, and he won't touch anybody ... His former teammate Mark Jackson was in the stands. 'Jack' is Reggie's best friend, and I'm pretty good friends with him too, and he would give me all kinds of pointers to give to Reggie. 'Come off this screen,' et cetera, and then I would tell Reggie. ... I've been with the Pacers for 13 years now. I started off as a ballboy in the sixth grade. Now I'm going to physical therapy school, and I'm an intern with the team. I've been hanging with Reggie for the last 12 years. His work ethic is so amazing that you want it for him so bad, and hence, you want to celebrate with him. It shouldn't surprise anybody when he has these moments, because he puts so much time into perfecting his game."




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