I've been to close 25 games this season in person and this game was the most fun I've had.
The crowd was into from the start, not sure why, but it felt almost like a playoff crowd. The standing ovation they gave Dale Davis in the third quarter was great and well deserved.
The Lakers played very well excpet for the first 6 minutes of each half, but Chucky and Caron were excellent.
Before I get to Reggie a few other Pacers players deserve mention.
Anthony Johnson hit the two most important shots of the game. He hit a three pointer to put the Pacers up 4 and then a two pointer to put us up 6. In fact he scored 9 points in the last 3 1/2 minutes of the game and some of you wonder why I like the guy. I never ever get nervous when he takes an important shot late in a close game because he is a rather clutch shooter.
Jeff Foster did a great job on Odom, so well in fact you did not even notice Odom on the court over the last 18 minutes of the game (a little humor there) . But his overall defense and rebounding was excellent.
That of course leads me into Dale. I'll say this again what were the Warriors coaches smoking, why didn't he play 30 minutes a night for a bad G. State team. Dale is a difference maker. When he is on the bench the team is simply not nearly as good, the opponent gets inside shots, they get rebounds, and they can roam free without any worry, but Dale changes the game more than any player on the Pacers team right now.
Let me end with Reggie of course. That was vintage Reggie, he was good the whole game and he looked 30 years old tonight. If you had been out of the country for 10 years and came back and watched tis game you would say Reggie is as good as ever. That was a special and memorable performance.
A very fun night indeed. I wish everyone could have been there because it was one of the most memorable regular season game I've ever been to.