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This Day in Pacers History: January 6

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."

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.
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.

  • 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.