Anyway, Reggie was definitely the story. Here's the Star's breakdown of how the ending unfolded.
What I surely did not remember was how good a game Rik Smits had. Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks failed to mention that as well.* Something I was probably too young to realize is that Pacer fans had tried their damnedest to run Smits out of town. He became and remains one of the most beloved Pacers ever. This amazing ending never happens if not for Rik Smits keeping Indiana in the game.
*I really liked that movie, but it kind of bothers me that it was made from the NY perspective. I would like to see that remade with an Indiana director.
*In short, the Ewing Theory is a player who puts up really great numbers and on paper should be the reason the team is winning. But, somehow, the team plays better without him. According to Simmons and his buddies, this was true for Ewing both with the Knicks and even back at Georgetown. I wasn't really old enough to look for that sort of thing, but that article's charge of the Ewing Theory against Peyton Manning proved extremely false this year.
Another thing that sticks out is how many fouls were called. 59 fouls called in that game. Nine of those technicals. I told you this was a heated rivalry. And it wasn't lost on the paper.
For now, let's end with a little video of what we've just talked about, thanks to the wonders of YouTube. And, as a bonus, here's 30 for 30's take on a game that I very well could have put into Pacers week, but not this time.