Indiana Pacers, American expert basketball crew situated in Indianapolis that plays in the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). While playing in the American Basketball Association (ABA), the Pacers won three alliance titles (1970, 1972, 1973).
The establishment was established in 1967 as one of the first individuals from the ABA, taking the name "Pacers" to pay tribute to Indiana being home to the Indianapolis 500 car race and the state's long history of outfit hustling. Instructed by Bob ("Slick") Leonard (1968–80), the Pacers lost in the ABA finals in their second season yet won the ABA title the following year with a group driven by forward Roger Brown, one of the youthful alliance's first geniuses, and focus Mel Daniels. In 1971 the Pacers included forward George McGinnis and continued to win two back to back titles in 1971–72 and 1972–73. The group joined the NBA close by three other ABA establishments in 1976, having never missed the playoffs in its nine seasons in the upstart alliance.
At first, the Pacers were considerably less effective in the NBA, posting only one winning season in their initial 13 years in the alliance. In 1987 the group drafted shooting protect Reggie Miller, who might proceed to turn into the Pacers' profession scoring pioneer. Mill operator was joined in the group by focus Rik Smits in 1988, and in 1989–90 Indiana started a dash of seven continuous postseason compartments. The group achieved the gathering finals in 1993–94 and 1994–95, losing in seven recreations each time. In the wake of passing up the playoffs in 1995–96, the Pacers progressed to the meeting finals yet again the accompanying season under the direction of first-year head mentor Larry Bird however were wiped out by the inevitable boss Chicago Bulls in another seven-game arrangement. Indiana came back toward the Eastern Conference finals in 1998–99, just to lose at that phase for the fourth time in six years.
The Pacers at long last got through to the NBA finals in 1999–2000 in the wake of crushing their successive playoff rival the New York Knicks in the meeting finals. Be that as it may, the Pacers lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in six recreations and were denied their first NBA title. Following the season, the Pacers encountered a lot of work force turnover, which incorporated the retirements of Smits and Bird and an exchange for youthful forward Jermaine O'Neal. O'Neal and Miller helped the group to five straight playoff billets from 2000–01 to 2004–05, which incorporated another misfortune in the Eastern Conference finals. After Miller's retirement in 2005, Indiana showed up (a first-round misfortune in 2005–06) preceding starting a modifying exertion that brought about an arrival to the playoffs in 2010–11.
A youthful Pacers group highlighting All-Star forward Paul George and focus Roy Hibbert progressed to the gathering finals in 2012–13, where Indiana lost in seven amusements to the Miami Heat. The Pacers hustled out to a 16–1 begin in 2013–14 and completed with the best record in the Eastern Conference. In any case, the group sputtered down the stretch of the ordinary season and, in the wake of crushing by a 38–44 Atlanta Hawks group in a seven-game opening playoff arrangement, the Pacers won their way into another appearance in the gathering finals, where they were again wiped out by the Heat. George broke his leg during the accompanying off-season, and the Pacers neglected to fit the bill for the playoffs while missing their headliner for the vast majority of the 2014–15 season. Indiana bounced back to meet all requirements for the postseason in 2015–16 however lost a seven-game arrangement in the opening round. The group was again vanquished in the opening round of the postseason the next year, a compass because of the guarding champion Cleveland Cavaliers that was chosen by the littlest total point edge for a four-game playoff arrangement (16 points) in NBA history. George was exchanged to the Oklahoma City Thunder during the off-season, and in 2017–18 a remade Pacers group shockingly enhanced the past season's record and lost a seven-game arrangement to the Cavaliers in the first round of the postseason. In spite of losing star watch Victor Oladipo to a season-finishing damage in January 2019, the Pacers aroused to another playoff billet in 2018–19.