INDIANA 102, MILWAUKEE 100
Pacers Rally To Get "Must-Win" Game
|PLAYER OF THE GAME
Threatened a triple-double with 20 points, 12 rebounds, eight blocked shots and four assists in a dominant all-around performance.
"The Bucks are an offensive team that takes a lot of jump shots and sometimes a team like that will let you back in the game. We just wanted to come out, play good defense, take it one possession at a time and try to get back in it. This was our first must-win of the season. I know it's early but when you lose three in a row you've got to dig deep and fortunately the guys were able to get it done tonight."
Points in the Paint: |
Bucks 52, Pacers 32
Bucks 18, Pacers 12
Pacers 19, Bucks 17
Points off turnovers:
Pacers 19, Bucks 17
Bucks 78, Pacers 64
Pacers 38, Bucks 22
|STAT OF THE GAME
With Michael Redd scoring two points, the Bucks outscored the Pacers 50-35 in the first half. With Redd coring 19, the Bucks were outscored 67-50 in the second.
Redd and the Bucks return the favor Tuesday night when they face the Pacers in Conseco Fieldhouse.
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Recap | Box Score
At Bradley Center | Nov. 18, 2006
Ten games into a six-month season might seem a tad early to declare a "must-win" game, but that was the message Jermaine O'Neal sent with the Pacers riding a three-game losing streak into Milwaukee. With Al Harrington out due to back spasms and two new starters in the lineup, the Pacers came out disjointed and flat and fell behind by as many as 17 points in the first half but came back strong in the second to pull out a 102-100 victory over the Bucks.
Jeff Foster, who replaced Harrington in the lineup, scored on a putback of an air-balled 3-pointer by Jamaal Tinsley with 36 seconds left to make the difference for the Pacers (5-5), who snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 3-3 on the road. O'Neal came through with a strong performance, threatening a triple-double with 20 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocked shots.
The Bucks (3-7) lost for the sixth time in seven games and dropped to 1-3 at home.
O'Neal was effective at both ends throughout, backing his "must-win" declaration with an inspired performance. Jackson responded positively to his move to the bench, producing his best game of the season with 17 points, four assists, three steals and three rebounds. Tinsley scored in double figures for the second game in a row with 15 points, adding seven assists and five rebounds. Foster's first start produced 11 points, nine rebounds and a blocked shot. Darrell Armstrong had another one of his high-impact bench performances with 11 points, three assists and two rebounds in 12 minutes. Danny Granger shot 3-of-4 from the 3-point line and had two steals. The Pacers outrebounded the Bucks 23-16 in the second half and 45-44 for the game, shot 11-of-26 from the arc and had 24 assists.
Everything about the first half was a negative, but was erased by the strong second half when Redd tried to take over the game but couldn't, though he did score 19 of his 21 points. Mo Williams was Milwaukee's star of the game with 19 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds. Andrew Bogut scored 14 with 12 rebounds but struggled mightily to defend O'Neal.
The new lineup played like strangers early as the Bucks jumped to an 18-7 lead before Redd scored his first basket. Consecutive 3-pointers by Charlie Bell made it 49-32 late in the half and the Pacers trailed 50-35 at the break, shooting just .308 and committing nine turnovers in the first two periods. The Bucks might've drawn too much confidence from their ability to build a 15-point lead with Redd scoring just two points because they leaned too heavily on him in the second half, and he alone was not enough.
The Pacers nearly doubled their point total in a dominant third quarter, closing to 66-65 late in the period on Tinsley's two free throws that capped a 30-16 run. Indiana finally took its first lead, 72-71, on a Sarunas Jasikevicius jumper early in the fourth. The teams traded the lead 10 more times before Tinsley's layup started an eight-point run that put the Pacers up 97-90 with 2:10 remaining.
Williams, who shredded the perimeter defense in the first half but was quiet for most of the second, then went to work, scoring eight points in the final 2 minutes. His free throws cut the lead to 99-96 before Foster snagged Tinsley's shot-clock induced 3-pointer in the air and flipped it into the basket to make it a five-point game. The Pacers then sent Williams to the line twice more and he made all four, cutting it to 101-100 with 4.1 seconds left.
Armstrong missed the second of two free throws to give the Bucks one last shot with 2.2 seconds remaining but rookie forward Ersan Ilyasova, who otherwise played well in his first career start, took too long to make his move and the clock expired before a shot could be generated.
Harrington suffered lower back spasms in the fourth quarter of Friday's loss to New Jersey and was unable to play.
Jackson was removed from the lineup in favor of Daniels after acknowledging a lingering wrist injury as the source of his season-long shooting slump.
The Pacers made 11 from the 3-point line, a season high.