Tuesday night marked the 18th anniversary of one of the most remarkable individual feats in NBA playoff history — Reggie Miller scoring eight points in 8.9 seconds at Madison Square Garden on May 7, 1995, to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat and send his Indiana Pacers past the rival New York Knicks in the 1995 NBA playoffs. To a certain extent, it seemed tonally appropriate that the anniversary of the game-stealing stretch featured not only another Knicks-Pacers playoff tilt, but also Miller on the mic, providing color commentary for the TNT broadcast of Game 2 of the teams' Eastern Conference semifinals series.
Before the game, Miller took a gentle poke at Knicks fans still sore at all those stupid daggers all these years later:
Sooooooo looking forward to hearing the Garden's faithful crowd as Kevin Harlan, Rachel Nichols and myself come into the building... Smile..
— Reggie Miller (@ReggieMillerTNT) May 7, 2013
And in the closing seconds of the Knicks' series-evening 105-79 Game 2 win, the MSG faithful raised their voices to respond:
So, yeah — not that much love lost between the Garden and arguably its all-time greatest villain.
Miller didn't respond on the telecast, but he couldn't have been especially surprised; unlike the stretch of play he referenced in his recent trip to the Golden State Warriors' locker room, Reggie knows exactly where all this [expletive] came from.
And of course, as you'd expect, one particular Knicks fan with whom Reggie has a little bit of a past just had to have a bit of fun at Miller's expense, too, as captured by our friends at the Yahoo! Sports Minute:
Miller and Knicks fan/filmmaker Spike Lee actually exchanged some pleasantries before Tuesday's game, according to Nate Taylor of the New York Times:
Before taking his seat in the booth just a couple of feet away, Miller walked over to Lee. They hugged and shared a few laughs.
Lee said he and Miller did not talk about that unforgettable playoff game. They also did not make any friendly wagers on this year’s series, as they had in 1994.
“We were just saying hello,” Lee said. “I didn’t even know it was the 18th anniversary of that game until I got here.”
He paused for a few seconds before saying, “I try to forget that.”
Yeah, good luck with that.
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