May 19, 2000 |
The Indiana Pacers have had two intense practices in Indianapolis, fueled by Reggie Miller's indefatigable enthusiasm. Austin Croshere took at least one elbow from Dale Davis. Miller knocked down shots. And coach Larry Bird, who has said all year that this team plays like it practices, has been pleased. After avoiding reporters since being ejected from Game 4 of the series and suspended from Game 5, Miller finally broke his silence yesterday. About the Pacers' two practices since losing to the Sixers at Conseco Fieldhouse on Monday, Miller said: "Hopefully, it will be a rollover effect.
April 18, 1990 |
The Sixers are 3-0 against Indiana this season, and have not lost to the Pacers at the Spectrum in three years. So you would think tonight's game would be but a mere formality. Think again. Just when you thought it was safe to add another win to the Sixers' record, the Pacers went out and beat the Chicago Bulls, 111-102, to clinch an Eastern Conference playoff spot. The Pacers downed the Bulls on Monday night thanks to the offense of Chuck Person, who scored 33 points, and a solid defense that held Michael Jordan to 23 points on 11-for-24 shooting.
May 20, 2000 |
A normal team might have looked around and announced Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid-like: "Who are these guys?" The Indiana Pacers had come back to the First Union Center, made nine of their first 10 shots and barely led the 76ers. They were shooting better than 80 percent into the second quarter and appeared to have a comfortable lead. Then, the other guys caught up - quickly. But they never passed. These Pacers, no normal team, would not let them pass. They just kept shooting.
March 20, 2013 |
THE INDIANA PACERS broke out of their funk Tuesday night. Now they just have to play good basketball. The second-best team in the Eastern Conference got 19 points from Paul George and 14 points and 14 rebounds from Tyler Hansbrough, leading the Pacers to a 95-73 rout over visiting Orlando. It's just what Indiana needed after losing two of its last three games and, surprisingly, two of its last three at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, too. "I feel like if we continue to play the way we played today then we can be a tough team to beat," George Hill said after scoring 14 points.
May 18, 1999 |
Mark Jackson was the first Pacer to chase after Allen Iverson. Four of his teammates followed. None had much success. In the end, Jackson was still around, standing at the free throw line with a chance to clinch a Game 1 win for the Pacers. He had played 35 very tough minutes, more than he's used to, more than his coach wanted. By all rights, he should have been very tired. With seconds left and your team leading by just two points, tired players have been known to miss big foul shots.
January 13, 1993 |
Late in the fourth quarter, there was this guy, all decked out in a black cassock and hood, lurking just behind the Sixers' bench. He held up a scepter with a little sign at the tip. "Hey, Moe," it read. Even The Three Stooges - Larry, Curly and Moe - knew that to have a chance to win, you have to make some baskets. The Sixers didn't make many baskets and their nice little three-game winning streak is history. The Pacers beat them last night, 112-93, in a game the Sixers never really got involved in. "They were playing pretty steady and shooting the ball good," said Doug Moe, the Sixers' coach.
January 23, 1991 |
Keep an eye on Micheal Williams tonight. The Indiana Pacers' guard is making the most of his chance to fill in at the point for Vern Fleming, who is on the injured list with a pinched nerve in his neck. He scored a career-high 28 points, had 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocks and 3 steals in a win over Utah on Saturday and had nine points and a team-high seven assists in a loss to the Lakers Monday. The fact that he is contributing well means a lot to the team, which also placed Rik Smits (elbow surgery)
May 3, 1993 |
The Indiana Pacers came face to face with the Starks reality. They are good enough to challenge the New York Knicks, but have no chance to win their first-round playoff series as long as John Starks continues to run wild the way he did in the second half of New York's 101-91 victory yesterday. Starks, who was marooned in the Continental Basketball Association just three years ago, bunched 18 of his 29 points in the second half as the Knicks rallied from a 16-point, first-half deficit to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of- five series.
March 7, 2013 |
THE INDIANA PACERS lost the lead, then lost sight of Jeff Green. Kevin Garnett found Green all alone under the basket for a layup with 0.5 seconds remaining to finish off a fourth-quarter comeback from 14 points down, and the visiting Boston Celtics beat the Pacers, 83-81, on Wednesday night. "Happy it went in," Green said. "Great pass by Garnett. Great execution by us. Good draw up by Doc [Rivers]. We have found ways to win. The trust is there now. Guys are giving what Doc wants.
January 30, 1988 |
The 76ers without Charles Barkley are a little like The Cosby Show - without Bill Cosby. For most of this season, the thundering all-star forward has been the Sixers' sole marquee attraction. Because of a sprained left ankle that he suffered Wednesday against Chicago, Barkley never left the bench during the Sixers' 94-89 triumph over Indiana last night at the Spectrum. "I knew I wasn't going to play when I came here," Barkley said. So the Sixers turned to their new center, Mike Gminski, who took command of the Sixers' inside game and posted some Barkleyesque statistics in a triumph that snapped a five-game losing streak.