This Day in Pacers History: January 6

While Jermaine O'Neal led the Pacers in points several times on this date, he helped the Celtics beat his old team on this date in 2012. - Elsa

Billy Knight scores 44 points, Karl Malone delivers the Pacers a road loss, and Kobe helps lead his Lakers over the Pacers. That and more highlights this edition in "This Day in Pacers History."

  • 1977: BIlly Knight had a solid night to say the least. His 44 points led the way to beat the Hawks, 103-95. Knight had 15 made field goals while having a perfect 11-for-11 night from the free throw line.
  • 1978: Seven different Washington Bullets found their aim as they scored 146 points against the Pacers and "held" Indiana to 114 points. A pair of Pacers found the 20-point plateau.
  • 1979: Kansas City found their third straight win by the final of 120-99. Len Elmore led the Pacers with 17 points. The Kings made 13 more field goals than Indiana.
  • 1984: The Suns and the Pacers were going in different directions in terms of winning streaks, but fortunately, the Pacers were the ones going the right way in a 104-88 win. Clark Kellogg led the Pacers with 30 points thanks to 15-for-20 shooting. It was Indiana's third straight win.
  • 1985: Indiana was one of only six teams who were in action, and they fell to Portland 118-101. Vern Fleming and Herb Williams each made nine field goals.
  • 1987: Indiana beat San Antonio 101-99. All five Pacers starters reached double-digits in scoring.
  • 1989: A strong 32-point first quarter helped lead the Pacers to a smooth 123-88 win over the Clippers. Chuck Person led the Pacers with 28 points.
  • 1990: Despite only winning seven games coming into their game against the Pacers, Charlotte did not play like one beating the Pacers 117-111. It was Indiana's fourth straight loss. Detlef Schrempf led the Pacers in points with 23 off the bench.
  • 1992: "The Mailman" sent the Pacers back to Indy with a 124-108 loss. Malone led the way for the Jazz with 34 points and 14 rebounds while John Stockton and his short shorts delivered 15 assists.
  • 1993: There was a Reggie who led the game in points, but it was not Indiana's Reggie. Reggie Lewis led Boston in a 103-94 Celtics win with 24 points. Rik Smits and Reggie Miller each had 18 points for the Pacers.
  • 1995: A 40-point second quarter buried the Pacers in a 103-92 loss to Dallas. It probably also did not help that Jim Jackson led the Mavs with 30 points.
  • 1996: Houston made it to the free throw line more often than the Pacers did in a 99-87 win for the Rockets. Houston made 26; Indiana made 13. The Pacers also had a slow start with only a 19-point first quarter.
  • 1998: Indiana loses to the Suns 81-80 for their 11th loss of the season. Indiana shot 33 percent from the floor on the night.
  • 2000: Antonio McDyess scored 21 points for the Nuggets, but the Pacers ended up winning 102-87.
  • 2003: Jermaine O' Neal hit a last-second jumper in overtime to lift the Pacers over the Sixers, 105-104. Allen Iverson scored a game-high 32 points.
  • 2004: Despite winning by seven over the Magic, Tracy McGrady scored 43 points for Orlando. However, Indiana won 114-107.
  • 2005: O' Neal led the Pacers with 32 points, but it wasn't enough in a San Antonio 111-98 win.
  • 2007: Indiana's 10-3 run in the fourth quarter, including two straight layups made by O' Neal, helped propel the Pacers over the distraught Hornets 100-93.
  • 2008: Despite jumping out to a quick 14-4 lead, Kobe Bryant and his 26 points beat the Pacers 112-96.
  • 2012: Even though the Celtics were tired and short-handed, they beat the Pacers 87-74. Ray Allen had a game-high 23 points.
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