The date was May 7, 1995. The event was Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals between the third seed New York Knicks and the second seed Indiana Pacers. The Pacers were seeded higher because they won the Central Division, but the Knicks had homecourt because they had a better record. This was the third playoff meeting in three years between these respective teams.
The year prior Reggie Miller scored 25 points in the fourth quarter of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, and taunted Spike Lee while doing it. The Knicks ended up winning the series but that couldn't stop "Miller Time" from being born.
The Knicks couldn't escape Reggie's path during the 1995 Playoffs, though. This second round series was over after Game 1. Everyone knows the story. With about 18 seconds left in the fourth quarter and the Knicks holding onto a 105-99 lead, it was "Miller Time." With some help from Knick "legend" John Starks, this motherfucker reeled off eight points in nine seconds to steal the game from New York.
Today is the 20th anniversary of one of the worst days of my life, so of course the jerk-offs that run the Sports channel figured it would be funny if I—a lifelong Knicks fan—relived the moment by doing a frame-by-frame breakdown of the series of events.
I tried not to cry.
Angel Diaz is a staff writer for Complex Media. Follow him @ADiaz456.
Reggie's Thinking About How He's Going to Kill Us
Starks' Ready to Do What He Was Born to Do
Why Is Anthony Mason (RIP) Inbounding the Ball?
Reggie Pushes Greg Anthony to the Ground
He Knows He Fouled Him
LOOK AT THE SCORE
Everything Is Spike's Fault
John Is Freaking Out
Man, did he?