Reggie Miller’s heated playoff rivalry with the New York Knicks and Knicks fan Spike Lee is featured in the entertaining ESPN documentary, “Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. the New York Knicks,” which debuts at 8 p.m. Saturday.
It’s a must watch for NBA fans, and another exemplary effort in the “30 for 30″ film series.
Miller’s matchup with Knicks guard John Starks, a former Oklahoma State player and Tulsa native, plays a major role. After Starks refused to shake his hand before a game, Miller said he started taunting him at every opportunity. Starks reached his boiling point when he headbutted Miller during the 1993 playoffs, resulting in his ejection and a $5,000 fan. Starks got the upper hand at other times.
The highlight of the film came in the Game 1 of the 1995 playoffs. With the Pacers facing a 105-99 deficit with 18.7 seconds left, Miller scoring an amazing eight points in nine seconds to pull out the victory. The previous season, he gave Lee the choke sign after he scored 25 points in the fourth quarter of a Pacers’ victory.