Skip to main content

Reggie Miller's game-winner vs Chicago Bulls in 1998 ECF

reggie miller (1)

Miller provided one of basketball's best dramas during his prime years in the 1990s when he led the Indiana Pacers to the playoffs on several occasions. During the 1998 ECF, Reggie proved he was clutch once again, by delivering a cold-blooded game-winner against Chicago Bulls in game 4 of the ECF.

Miller had been quiet to this point, limited to 15 points, and hampered by an ankle injury suffered in the third quarter. After a slow start, Miller was able to catch fire and find a way to an explosive run where he carried Indiana to a victory over MJ and Chicago Bulls.

"He said he could go. He put everything on the line and stepped up and hit the big shots," said coach Larry Bird, who knows a little something about big shots himself. "But that's just Reggie."

With only one day off to rest his hurting ankle, speculation began as to whether or not Miller could even suit up. "I shouldn't have been out there," Miller admitted after Indiana's 96-94 Game 4 win. "[My ankle] loosened up a little as the game went on. I couldn't plant and I couldn't push off of it. I thought I was killing us. I was just a jump-shooter out there."

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

Indeed, Miller was held to just 15 points on the day, but luckily for the Pacers, he was out there for the final 2.9 seconds on Monday.

With Indiana trailing 94-93, Miller ran off a series of screens and fought off Michael Jordan before breaking free to catch the inbounds pass from Derrick McKey. With a lightning-quick release, he buried a three with seven-tenths of a second to play, electrifying Market Square Arena and sending Miller running down the court to jump in circles of joy.

"We wanted to get Jordan out of the play and he switched," said Miller. "Pippen wasn't playing me aggressively and Derrick made the pass. All I had to do was get my feet square."

"We designed the play for Reggie," Pacers coach Larry Bird said. "I didn't think he was going to as wide open as he was. He was wide open. I knew he was going to make it."

The Bulls had one last chance, but Jordan, who scored 28 points, saw his double-pump 25-foot banker rattle in and out as the horn sounded, completing an erratic final three minutes for the two-time defending NBA champions. "I'm part of the team and we all have to step forward," Jordan said. "I'm not going to point fingers. But we all have to move on. Things happened here today but you have to roll with the punches."

The Bulls would end up winning the series in game 7, but Reggie’s three-pointer in game 4 to tie the series at 2 games each, ended up pushing MJ’s championship Bulls to the only game 7 he faced during his second three-peat.

Skip Bayless on the 2022-23 Los Angeles Lakers and Darvin Ham

Skip Bayless makes a bold prediction about the Los Angeles Lakers and Darvin Ham -"Darvin Ham is a slam dunk to win Coach of the Year”

Bayless believes that if the Lakers win more than 50 games this upcoming season, that means that Darvin Ham would deserve to win Coach of the Year

Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom with Kobe Bryant

Lamar Odom reveals Kobe Bryant came to him in his dreams: "The afterlife ain’t what people make it up to be"

Odom has such a strong tie to his Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant that he talks to him in his dreams


“F**k Dr. J, you be Shaq.” - Shaquille O’Neal recollected how his father encouraged him to create his own identity

Shaquille O'Neal's father Phillip Harrison played a major role in shaping his basketball career.

Larry Johnson

Larry Johnson reflects on his college and NBA career while also sharing what Zion Williamson needs to do be dominant in the NBA: "I think Zion needs to dunk more"

We interviewed Larry Johnson and talked about his college and NBA career while Larry also shared what Zion Williamson needs to do to be dominant in the league and why Kawhi Leonard is currently his favorite player in the NBA

Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Doncic

“I was so nervous, I couldn’t even talk” — Luka Doncic recalled the time he met Cristiano Ronaldo

There was one thing Luka wanted to ask, but was too nervous to pull the trigger on his request.

Paul Westhead and Spencer Haywood

"I drove through the streets plotting the man's murder" — When former Los Angeles Lakers forward Spencer Haywood almost killed head coach Paul Westhead

Hall of Fame legend Spencer Haywood talks us through the night he plotted to kill his head coach Paul Westhead.

Phil Jackson and Jeanie Buss

"Dating somebody and disclosing that, that's not against team policy." — Robert Horry on why Phil Jackson didn't get the Ime Udoka treatment for dating Jeanie Buss

The Buss family was "extremely shocked", and unpleasantly so, but the fact the relationship was disclosed made all the difference.