This Day in Pacers History: December 28

On this date in 1982, the Pacers scored 150 points and still found themselves on the wrong side of the scoreboard. That highlights a bunch of games played on this date in Pacers history.

  • The Pacers fell in their second straight game in their inaugural year in 1976 by falling to the Washington Bullets 117-111. Forward Billy Knight scored 34 points while big man Dave Robisch followed closely with 27 points.
  • Indiana allowed 35 fourth quarter points in a 116-101 loss to the Nets in 1979. James Edwards led the team with 31 points followed closely by Mickey Johnson with 25 points.
  • Indiana was in the spotlight in 1981 as there were only two games being played that night. Indiana and New Jersey faced each other, and the Pacers came out to win 103-95. Five Pacers had double digit points, but it was Johnny Davis who led the way with 19 points. It was Indiana's 16th win.
  • On this day in 1982, the Pacers scored 150 points — and still lost. They lost to the Nuggets 155-150 in overtime where Alex English led Denver with 37 points whereas Billy Knight led Indiana with 23. It was the Pacers' 18th loss of the '82-'83 season.
  • Despite getting 31 points from Clark Kellogg, Indiana fell to Detroit in 1984, 116-110. Kellogg was 12-for-21 from the floor. The Pacers fell to 7-22 on the season.
  • In 1985, Indiana allowed 30 points in the fourth quarter in a losing 108-104 result to Chicago. It was the team's third straight loss in a 8-24 season. Wayman Tisdale led the Pacers this night with 26 points and 12 rebounds.
  • Chuck Person scored 34 points in a losing 118-101 effort to the New Jersey Nets on this date in 1988. The Pacers were in a slump as this was their seventh straight loss and have only won five games to this point. Wayman Tisdale had 16 points off the bench.
  • New York gave the Pacers a battle in 1991 in a 115-106 overtime loss. Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann's favorite athlete, Detlef Schrempf, came off the bench with 28 points including 11 from the free throw line. With the loss, Indiana fell to 12-17.
  • Jeff Hornacek gave the Pacers trouble in 1994 in a 117-95 loss. Reggie Miller led the Pacers with 18 points, but Byron Scott wasn't too far behind with 16 points. It was the ninth loss of the season for Indiana.
  • 1995 brought a defensive battle between Indiana and Miami. The Pacers won, 91-77. Rik Smits was the lone starter who found double-digit scoring with 21 points. Mark Jackson had 10 assists on the night.
  • Indiana and Miami met once again on this date in 1997, and Alonzo Mourning had a double-double with a game-high 22 points and 13 rebounds. Miller led the Pacers with 19 points.
  • The Pacers didn't play again on Dec. 28 until 2002, and it was against the Hornets. Indiana won 91-84 for their 22nd win of the season led by currently-named Metta World Peace for 23 points in 45 minutes. Jermaine O' Neal had a double-double off the bench with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
  • Indiana found themselves back to .500 play in 2007 by losing to the Pistons 114-101. O' Neal scored 25 points in the loss whereas Detroit moved to their seventh straight win.
  • David West hit a jumper with 2.5 seconds remaining in 2008 to give the Hornets a road win over the Pacers. Danny Granger had 34 points on the night. West ended up with 18. The loss put the Pacers at 10-20 on the season.
  • A strong fourth quarter led by Paul Pierce gave the Celtics a 95-83 win over Indiana in 2010. Brandon Rush led the Pacers with 17 points. Danny Granger had a bad night of shooting (5-for-21).
  • Last year, the Pacers remained undefeated with a 90-85 win over the Raptors in their second game of the season. All five starters scored double digits.
  • Tonight, the Pacers face the Suns. What history will be made there?
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