The night after former Indiana Pacer, Reggie Miller, was named as a 2012 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, the Pacers and the New York Knicks helped to renew a rivalry that Reggie Miller made famous. During his 18-year career with the Pacers, Reggie Miller and Indiana went to war with the Kncks in some of the most infamous basketball battles of all time. Tuesday night, in Indiana, the battle between these two teams raged on in classic fashion.
The Knicks were depleted by injuries, and may play the rest of the regular season without guard Jeremy Lin and forward Amare’ Stoudemire. Carmelo Anthony did the most he could do to pick up the slack, by scoring a season-high 39 points, in what was to be Anthony’s eighth 30-point outing of the season. The Knicks took a 17-point lead in the third quarter, trying to beat the Pacers for a third time this season and sweep the regular season series.
Indiana had other ideas. After being down by 15 points at the end of the third quarter, the Pacers outscored the Knicks 40-17 in the game’s final quarter. Danny Granger, doing his best Reggie Miller impression, hit a 3-pointer with 6:33 left in the game, to tie the score at 91-91. Granger has hit 11 shots from longe range in Indiana’s last two games, and is averaging over 25 points in his last four games. The Pacers went on a 21-13 run to end the fourth quarter, completing the comeback victory by a final score of 112-104, in one of the most thrilling rivalry games this season.