The Indiana Pacers were back in action Saturday night against the Milwaukee Bucks after dropping a game to the Phoenix Suns. Normally on a back-to-back-to back set, one team would have the advantage. Fortunately for the Pacers, the Milwaukee Bucks, who have been hot since the trade deadline, was also coming off a second game of a back-to-back-to-back.
The Pacers had a well-balanced attack and showed the Milwaukee Bucks why they are the better team in the Central Division. Led by George Hill’s 24 points, the Pacers had five players in double figures. When the Pacers have five players in double figures, usually it is a recipe for success. When they play the defense that they displayed at the Bradley Center, the Indiana Pacers are really a tough team to beat. When both of those are put together, the Pacers had their highest point total of the season at 125, and you have the blowout that you had in Milwaukee.
Every player scored for the Indiana Pacers, and everyone played well. From the beginning, the Pacers were attacking the basket instead of settling for jumpers. David West was the go-to player early for the Pacers, as Ilyasova had absolutely no answer for David West. In the first quarter, David West had eight points and finished with 15 points for the night as the Pacers lad 29-26 after one quarter.
In the second, the Bucks brought out Mike Dunleavy Jr. who has been shooting well for the Bucks to knock down some three-pointers. Dunleavy knocked down a couple three-pointers, but his former teammate both at Duke and with the Indiana Pacers answered every three he hit with a corner three-pointer of his own.
The Bucks were able to go on a 11-5 run in the second to take the lead at 45-44, but the Pacers finished the half on a 13-3 run to take a 57-48 lead into halftime. Monta Ellis led the Bucks with 10 points, while David West had 13.
Really the only player who had trouble getting into the flow of the game was Paul George. Foul trouble plagued Paul all game, as he had four fouls at the 10:19 mark of the third quarter. George Hill, though, made up for the limited play of Paul George with 11 points in the third quarter to send the Pacers on a 20-7 run to take the lead 87-68.
Hill had three three-pointers, all seemingly coming from the corner pocket—the spot on the court where he just doesn’t miss. Going into the end of the third, the Pacers tried for a two-for-one play to end the quarter. A nice shot by George Hill started it off right, but the Bucks came down and scored. A bobbled possession by Lou Amundson led to Brandon Jennings hitting a half-court shot to cut the 21-point half-time lead to 16 to energize the Bradley Center crowd. After three, the score was 92-76.
But the energy was quickly taken away as the Pacers did not let off the gas at all. The starters played zero minutes in the fourth quarter, and the bench continued to put away the Bucks, scoring a season-high 50 points, led by George Hill’s 24 points.
Pacers 125 Bucks 104
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