Reggie Miller Scores 8 Points in 8.9 Seconds

May 7, 1995 - Reggie Miller scored eight points in 8.9 seconds to shock the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Rewatch that iconic moment.

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Reggie Miller Scores 8 Points in 8.9 Seconds

May 7, 1995 - Reggie Miller scored eight points in 8.9 seconds to shock the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Rewatch that iconic moment.
May 7, 2015  |  02:41

Reggie's Postgame Interview

May 7, 1995 - Reggie Miller talks with NBC's Dan Hicks after scoring eight points in 8.9 seconds to beat the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
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Reggie Rocks MSG: May 7, 1995 -- 20 Years

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Reactions to Reggie's 8 points in 8.9 seconds

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Stephen Curry on Idolizing Reggie Miller

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Reggie Miller Hall of Fame Enshrinment Highlights

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Eight Points About 8 Points in 9 Seconds

by Mark Montieth
Pacers.com Writer
@MarkMontieth

On May 7, 1995, Reggie Miller scored eight points in 8.9 seconds to beat the New York Knicks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. 20 years later, here are 8 points about the game that stick out to Pacers.com's Mark Montieth:

1. As a result of the record 59 fouls, the Pacers and Knicks combined to attempt 65 free throws. The Pacers were 32-of-37 and the Knicks 19-of-28. Miller was 14-of-15. The previous record for fouls in a playoff game had been set by Boston and Syracuse in a four-overtime game in 1953.

2. Miller finished with 31 points, 14 from the foul line, but wasn't the leading scorer. Easily forgotten amid the chaotic drama that brought the surprise ending was the fact that Rik Smits had scored 34 points before fouling out with 1:40 left. Patrick Ewing finished with 11, hitting just 4-of-15 shots. "He was our MVP," Miller said of Smits. "He was the reason we were in position to win the game."

3. Smits' performance was a breakthrough for him. Ewing had dominated him in the four regular season games, outscoring him 101-65 and outrebounding him 56-32.

4. The game included several players who went on to NBA careers beyond playing. Byron Scott, Mark Jackson, Sam Mitchell, Patrick Ewing, Herb Williams and Monty Williams have all coached in the NBA. Haywoode Workman is a referee. Miller, Jackson, Greg Anthony and Antonio Davis have worked as broadcasters for national television networks.

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5. Pacers general manager Donnie Walsh was so distraught after Anthony hit his two free throws with 18.7 seconds left to give New York a six-point lead that he went to a private room near the Pacers locker room to smoke a cigarette. When scout Mel Daniels came to tell him Miller had tied the game, Walsh thought he was making a poorly-timed joke and cussed him out. Once convinced of Daniels' sincerity, Walsh got back to the playing area just in time to see Miller hit the game-winning foul shots. "What can I tell you?" Walsh said the next day. "I thought it was over."

6. You might assume the Pacers celebrated madly in the locker room after the win, but not at first. Coach Larry Brown was angry. "We won the ballgame, we were lucky to win it, and Larry comes in here yelling," Davis said. "He had a right to. We didn't do anything we planned on doing."

7. The Game 1 aftermath featured the only time Miller asked management for a favor, Walsh once said. After the team returned to the hotel, Miller asked Walsh if he could be upgraded to a suite so he could entertain friends. Walsh agreed.

8. Inevitably, karma had its say. After all the celebrating over the series-opening victory, the Pacers came back two days later and were trounced in Game 2, 96-77. Miller scored 10 points, hitting 3-of-10 shots. Smits scored 10 as well. Derek Harper led the Knicks with 24 and John Starks had 19.


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