Pacers 102, Bucks 78
After a back-and-forth first half, the Indiana Pacers decided it
was time to turn up the defensive pressure.
That resulted in a quick start to the third quarter and the
Pacers held Milwaukee to its lowest scoring output this season to
earn their third straight victory, a 102-78 win over the Bucks on
”We wanted to stop playing around and just go out there and
play aggressive and get this win,” Indiana’s Roy Hibbert said.
”Defensively we just turned it up.”
Tyler Hansbrough had a season-high 22 points and 12 rebounds to
”I feel like I’m trying to get in the flow of the game and not
rushing anything,” Hansbrough said. ”I just cut and got some easy
Hansbrough is starting in place of injured forward David West,
who missed his third straight game because of a lower back
”Some guys are just more comfortable starting, getting in the
rhythm of the game,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. ”I’m not sure
what it is, but I’m glad for Tyler and for us.”
Vogel said before the game that West is improving, but still is
having a hard time walking because of the injury and won’t play at
Chicago on Saturday.
Indiana is 3-0 against the Bulls this season and has a six-game
lead on them in the Central Division.
Paul George added 20 points and Roy Hibbert had 11 points, eight
rebounds and seven blocks for the Pacers.
Monta Ellis had 22 points and Samuel Dalembert had 10 points and
13 rebounds to lead the Bucks, who have lost five of seven.
”Nobody could get a shot to go down,” Dalembert said. ”Our
shooting percentage was real low. Some guys had bad shooting games
today and it gave Indiana opportunities to score at the other end.
And the game just got out of hand.”
The Pacers went on a 14-4 run to start the second half and take
a 61-48 lead midway through the third quarter.
Larry Sanders was ejected with 7:54 left in the third when he
was called for a double technical after Hibbert was fouled on a
George hit both technical free throws and Hibbert scored two
more to make it 57-47.
Hibbert sparked the run to start the second half. He scored
three baskets and Hansbrough had another. Ellis hit a jumper,
Marquis Daniels made two free throws and the Pacers led 53-47.
After Sanders was ejected and the Pacers took a 10-point lead,
George dunked to make it 61-48 with 5:29 left in the quarter.
Indiana led by as many as 19 points in the third when Hansbrough
sank two free throws with 3:14 left to give the Pacers 67-48
”We really started playing defense and getting out and
running,” George said. ”The momentum just went crazy after
They led the rest of the way.
The Bucks scored just 11 points in the third quarter, tying
their fewest points scored in a quarter this season.
”We had a hard time responding,” Bucks coach Jim Boylan said.
”Their defense was intense and we didn’t react well, so that’s a
The game was back and forth in the early going and neither team
could pull away before halftime.
Ian Mahinmi was fouled and converted the 3-point play to give
the Pacers a 38-37 lead with 6:35 left in the first half.
Sanders scored to make it 37-36 and Mahinmi scored again to give
the Pacers a 38-37 lead before Henson hit a jumper to give the
Bucks a lead again, 38-39 with 5:38 left in the second quarter.
Hansbrough made a steal and dunked on a fast break with 28
seconds left in the half to give the Pacers a 45-43 lead at the
The Bucks took a 9-4 lead early in the game before the Pacers
went on a 6-0 run to go in front. Hansbrough and George dunked and
Hill made a layup to give the Pacers a 10-9 lead with 6:41 left in
the first quarter.
Later, the Bucks jumped ahead 23-19 when Dalembert and Ekpe Udoh
hit back-to-back jumpers. But Hibbert scored on a put-back and
George made a layup to tie the game at 23 at the end of the first
NOTES: Pacers F Danny Granger was out with a sore left knee. …
Bucks F Luc Mbah a Moute was out with a sprained toe. … Bucks F
Ersan Ilyasova was out with left hip pain. … The Bucks’ second
lowest scoring output also was against the Pacers, in a 95-80 loss
on Jan. 5.