Young Pacers fan creates best crowd moment of the playoffs during blowout win

During the Pacers' Game 6 blowout of the New York Knicks, a young Pacers fan gave an infamous gesture to the crowd which became the best crowd moment of the Pacers' playoffs so far.
New York Knicks v Indiana Pacers
New York Knicks v Indiana Pacers / Michael Hickey/GettyImages

The Indiana Pacers have extended this series to Game 7 with a dominant 116-103 win on their home floor, and Pacers fans are feeling some type of way after the pivotal win.

Going into Game 6, the Pacers and fans in the arena knew how high the stakes were. With New York embarrassing Indiana in Game 5 in Madison Square Garden, the Pacers played with a rejuvenated fire in their hearts and essentially dominated the Knicks from buzzer to buzzer, just like how they did in Game 4, to tie the series up 3-3 and send it back to New York for a win-or-go-home Game 7.

During this game, in an act of homage to perhaps the most infamous moment in Pacers history, a young fan decided to give the famous 'choke' symbol, made popular by Reggie Miller, to the camera as Indiana held an 18-point lead over the Knicks with just over a minute to go in the fourth quarter. This gesture served as something of a cherry on top of an all-out Indiana clobbering to keep their season alive and send the Knicks back to New York with some reflecting to do.

This moment shows, that no matter what age a Pacers fan is, they can always connect with the old moments and channel the ghosts of past stars to haunt their current opponents. Of course, this gesture was given by Miller during Game 5 of the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals when the Pacers outscored New York 35-16 in the fourth quarter and Miller himself hit a then-playoff record five three-pointers in a quarter and scored 39 points.

This, along with the equally-as-famous eight points in nine seconds from the 1995 playoffs cemented Miller as a 'Knick Killer' and a villain in Madison Square Garden which was put on display in Game 2 of this current series when he provided color commentary.


Unfortunately for Miller's 1994 Pacers, they would ultimately come up short in that series, losing in Game 7 and squandering a trip to the NBA Finals. For Tyrese Haliburton and the current Indiana Pacers, however, they will look to rewrite history as they plan to enter Madison Square Garden and hand the Knicks their first road loss of this series, and enter themselves into the Eastern Conference Finals as a result.