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5-0 Pacers Starts: Then and Now

5-0 Pacers Starts: Then and Now

The Pacers are off to a 5-0 start for the first time in 42 years. It’s a mark they’ve never reached before as an NBA franchise. The last Pacers squad to start off the season this hot was the 1971-72 ABA Pacers, who picked up their fifth straight victory with a 105-102 win over the Kentucky Colonels on Oct. 22, 1971. That Pacers team would go on to win the ABA Championship.

We thought it’d be fun to take a look back in time to see what the world was like the last time the Pacers were 5-0. Here’s a few fun facts about what the world was like then and now:

Number 1 Single on the Billboard Hot 100

Then: “Maggie May” / “Reason to Believe” by Rod Stewart

Now: “Royals” by Lorde

Number 1 Movie at the Box Office

Then: The French Connection (won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, in 1972)

Now: Ender’s Game

Price of Gas (National Average per gallon)

Then: $0.36

Now: $3.22


Then: Richard Nixon

Now: Barack Obama

Governor of Indiana

Then: Edgar Whitcomb

Now: Mike Pence

Mayor of Indianapolis

Then: Richard Lugar

Now: Greg Ballard

Indianapolis Population (Metropolitan Square Area): 

Then: 1,109,882 (1970 Census)

Now: 1,834,672 (2010 Census)

World Population

Then: 3.784 billion

Now: 7.086 billion

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Pacers Head Coach

Then: Slick Leonard

Now: Frank Vogel

How They Finished

Then: 47-37, ABA Champions

Now: To Be Determined…


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