In the 1994 Conference Finals, the score was 2:2, and there was a time for the important game five in New York. With twelve points advantage, the Knicks went into the fourth quarter, then it was Miller-time. Reggie scored 25 of his 39 points in the last 12 minutes, winning almost single-handedly the game for Pacers in an impressive manner.
As he nailed threes one after the other, a very personal “fight” between Miller and Spike Lee began. After each successful shot, he talked trash to the noble fan of Knicks in the front row. But Lee responded and mobbed back strong. After two free throws, Miller stared at Lee and put both hands around his neck to signal that he had just broken New York’s neck. Since this game, Miller had a new nickname: “Knick Killer”.
But the story is not over yet. A year later in the Conference Semifinals, Miller put on a great performance at Madison Square Garden that rightly is one of the absolute highlights of NBA history.
At the result 99:105, and still 18.7 seconds on the clock, Miller seized the game and scored eight points in less than nine seconds. Three-pointer, steal, again the three and two free throws gave Indiana a 107-105 win that they did not think was possible. New York was shocked, and spectators at Madison Square Garden refused to believe what they had just seen. Reggie Miller – again!
The performance of Uncle Reg in Game Four of the 1998 Conference Semifinals seems almost a bit puny against Monster’s appearance three years earlier. And yet Miller made a terrific play against the Knicks, scoring 38 points and scoring an important three 5.1 seconds before the end. He saved Indiana in the overtime and made the decisive 3-1 victory in the series.
Another two years later, the Pacers entered the NBA Finals for the first time in their history – thanks, of course, to Miller. In Game Six, Reggie was the crucial player once again: 34 points, including 17 in the fourth quarter, sealed the Knicks’ out. New York’s Patrick Ewing admitted after his career:
“I hated Reggie.”