History

The Pacers were established in 1967 in the ABA (American Basketball association) then merged to the NBA in 1976. They are 1 of only 4 teams that are still the same team today. Their first major pick was Reggie Miller in the 1987 draft from UCLA. He turned out to be a star for them playing on the pacers for 18 years, being a 5 time all star, and making the second most 3 point field goals in the NBA ever (behind Ray Allen).

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Despite having this star, the pacers had lots of trouble in the new NBA. Then came new head coach Larry Brown to help them out. The pacers ended up winning a franchise record 47 games and made it to the playoffs. They swept the Shaq and the Orlando Magic in the first round and beat the highly favored Atlanta Hawks in the 2nd round. Finally came the Pacers Knicks shoot out in the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals. They both split the first 4 games. Next came game 5 at Madison Square Garden where Reggie Miller went off. He dropped 39 points and showed up Spike Lee, who was sitting courtside, to get the clutch pacers win. “Thanks A Lot, Spike.” was the headline in the New York Times Paper the following day. It turned out the the pacers lost the next 3 games including, a game 7 loss to Patrick Ewing, to give the Knicks a ticket to the NBA finals. To this day, the Indiana Pacers have never won a NBA Championship.

 

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