This Series in Pacers History: 1994 Eastern Conference Finals

Jim Rogash

Indiana advanced to their first Eastern Conference Finals since 2004 by defeating the Knicks on Saturday, however, New York knocked off Indiana in the 1994 ECF to be later dethroned by Houston in the '94 Finals.

  • Game 1: Patrick Ewing scored 28 points and had 11 rebounds in a 100-89 win for New York. Charles Oakley also turned in a double-double with a 20-and-13 combo. Rik Smits led the way for Indiana with 27 points and 10 boards on a night where Indiana shot 42 percent. New York shot 46 percent, but had six made 3-pointers to the Pacers' lone made three via Reggie Miller.
  • Game 2: New York took a 2-0 series lead by beating the Pacers 89-78. Miller had field goals including a deep ball that totaled 23 points closely followed by Smits' 22 points. Despite the combined 45 points, Indiana shot just 38 percent. Meanwhile, for New York, Ewing had a game-high 32 points and 13 rebounds. New York struggled from the free throw line (18-for-28), but didn't have to worry about that due to the starters shooting a combined 54 percent.
  • Game 3: Indiana took a stand as all five starters scored in double digits led by Derrick McKey. Indiana won 88-68 thanks to a poor shooting night for the Knicks. New York scraped together 29 second half points in an abysmal 34 percent shooting night. Indiana shot nearly 50 percent.
  • Game 4: The Pacers evened out the series at two wins apiece, 83-77 over New York. Miller nailed seven shots and 17 of 19 free throws in a 31-point game-high performance. Ewing had 25 and John Starks had 14 points, but the Knicks had their second straight sub-40-point second half on a 38 percent shooting night.
  • Game 5: New York came out strong with 28 points after the first quarter, but Indiana took a 3-2 series lead with a 93-86 win. Miller took a stand with a 14-for-26 shooting performance, but hold on, he made six 3-pointers on top of that. Oh, and he had a side battle with Spike Lee. He also won that battle. Antonio Davis scored a quiet 12 points off the bench while playing a strong 27 minutes. All five Knickerbockers scored in double figures led by Ewing with 29 points.
  • Game 6: New York won 98-91 forcing a seventh game, which they would also later win. In this game, Charles Smith was the lone New York starter who didn't score in double digits. Starks led the way with 26 points, including eight field goals and five 3-pointers. Ewing had 17 points, half of which coming from the free throw line. Miller led Indiana with 27 points followed by 18 points from Smits.
  • Game 7: Indiana led by one with under a minute remaining as the game became an instant classic, but a game that Pacers wish they could easily forget. With 26.9 to go, Ewing would dunk home a missed lay-up from Starks. Miller airballed a deep 3-point attempt that would seal the deal for New York. Ewing ended up with 24 points and 22 rebounds. Miller had 25 points while Byron Scott had 17 strong bench points.
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