Those who look at the box score will never know how hard it was. Casual viewers will never understand how important it was. The Indiana Pacers rode their starting-turned-backup point guard Darren Collison and a 36-16 fourth quarter to a 105-87 win. With it, came a 4-1 first-round series win over the Orlando Magic, and Indiana moved on to the second round for the first time since Reggie Miller wore the blue and gold.
“A huge step for our franchise,” said Pacer coach Frank Vogel after the game. That it is.
The clock wound down, and a sellout crowd chanted “Beat the Heat.” Something more had been accomplished than just a playoff series win. A beleaguered franchise with attendance problems finally re-established a connection with its fan base and its city that had been broken by so many misdeeds so many years ago.
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For another take on the “so many misdeeds,” you can listen to the episode of Voice on the Floor I did.