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About Chicago Bulls vs. Indiana Pacers
The Chicago Bulls and the Indiana Pacers rivalry can be best described in terms of two Hall of Famers – Jordan vs. Miller. The nineties saw these two Olympic gold medalists go head to head against each other on many occasions. One of the exciting aspects of a Bulls Pacers face off was watching these two athletes push each other to their respective limits on the court. Even though there is no doubt that Michael Jordan was the better player in this contest, the 5 time NBA All Star Reggie Miller frequently gave His Airness a run for his money.
As expected, this back and forth between Michael Jordan and Reggie Miller culminated in many memorable moments for both the Bulls and the Pacers, and basketball fans. Here are a few of those moments.
Memorable Moments – Bulls vs. Pacers
February 10, 1993 – A regular season game at the Market Square Arena against the red hot Bulls turned into a fight fest with shoves and punches thrown from both sides. After Jordan received a forceful shove from Miller underneath the basket on a fast break, the 6 time NBA champion ran after Miller and threw a punch. Benches cleared and after a scuffle the two players were separated. The officiating umpires ejected Reggie Miller along with Pacers Head Coach Bob Hill as a result. The decision was seen as particularly unfair. After reviewing the replays it became clear that Jordan was the one who instigated the fight. The NBA then suspended Michael Jordan for a game and also fined him $10,000. Reggie Miller, on the other hand was fined $6,000. The Bulls won the game 115-104 with Jordan scoring 40 points, 8 assists and 9 rebounds.
Jordan at his Best – The Greatest of them all has had many memorable games. However, one that stands out was played against the Indiana Pacers on April 13, 1989. Even though the Bulls lost this encounter 109-105, it saw Michael Jordan at his absolute best. With the Bulls aiming for a playoff spot, Jordan posted a triple double with 47 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists. His heroics were matched by a balanced Pacer’s attack led by his old nemesis Reggie Miller who scored 25 points. In spite of the result, this game is considered to be one of Jordan’s greatest efforts.
Chicago Bulls go Head to Head against the Indiana Pacers
This is how the Chicago Bulls have performed against the Indiana Pacers.
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The two teams have met each other on 12 occasions in the playoffs. Out of these 12 encounters, the Chicago Bulls have won 8 games and the Indiana Pacers have won 4. The Bulls have won both the 1998 Eastern Conference Finals (4-3) and the 2011 Eastern Conference First Round series (4-1).
The Legends behind the Bulls and the Pacers
For the Chicago Bulls, the list of the greatest starts with Michael Jordan. This shooting guard from Brooklyn, New York has 6 NBA Championships, he is a 6 time NBA Finals MVP and the greatest basketball player the world has ever seen. Scottie Pippen is a legend in his own right. This small forward averaged 18 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals per game during his time with the Bulls. Point Guard Derrick Rose is another player who became part of the Bulls dynasty. His eight years with the Chicago Bulls saw him earn NBA’s Most Valuable Player in 2011 and become a 3 time NBA All Star.
The list for the greatest Indiana Pacers starts with none other than Reggie Miller. This Shooting Guard from Riverside, California, is a 5 time NBA All Star who averaged 18.2 points per game in his 18 year career with Pacers. Next up on the Pacers list is Roger Brown. During his five years in Indiana, Brown posted impressive numbers with 20.6 points per game and 4.5 assists. Center Mel Daniels is another player who during his six years with the Pacers was a 3 time ABA Champion and 2 time ABA MVP.