Pacers edge Bucks, 94-91
MILWAUKEE — When the Indiana Pacers lost to the Milwaukee Bucks in November, C.J. Miles failed to score, missing all eight of his shots.
He had a much better time in their second game of the season.
Miles scored 22 points and Roy Hibbert had 18, leading Indiana to a 94-91 win at Milwaukee on Friday night.
The Pacers had five players score in double figures in their fifth win in seven games. Luis Scola had 14 points, and Rodney Stuckey finished with 11.
Miles was 6 for 9 from 3-point range. He was averaging 11.5 points coming into the night.
"Being able to step up and make shots like that, that’s the fun part," Miles said. "One of them was in transition and the other was nearing the end of the shot clock and I knew I was going to have to create something. I just took advantage of my height."
Donald Sloan added 10 points, eight rebounds and six assists for Indiana, which lost 87-81 to Milwaukee on Nov. 4.
"We have some guys out so you have to have that next-man-up mentality and some guys have to play more," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. "That makes those wins more fun. They mean more, they’re more enjoyable. This is one of them."
Indiana trailed by seven at the break, but held Milwaukee to 15 points in the third and went ahead to stay in the final period.
The Bucks pulled within three with 5.2 seconds remaining, but Solomon Hill made two foul shots to help the Pacers hold on.
Brandon Knight had 20 points for Milwaukee, and John Henson finished with 14. Zaza Pachulia had 12 points and 14 rebounds.
The Bucks hit 65 percent of their shots while outscoring the Pacers 32-23 in the second quarter for a 53-46 halftime lead.
Milwaukee led by two after three quarters, but Sloan’s 3-pointer put Indiana in front 73-72 early in the fourth. Lavoy Allen made a jumper and Hibbert connected on two foul shots to make it 85-78 with 2:32 remaining.