INDIANA 93, MILWAUKEE 88
Jackson, Tinsley Spark Late Rally
|PLAYER OF THE GAME
Continued his strong run of games with 17 points, nine assists, six rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot, with five points, five assists and four rebounds coming in the fourth quarter.
"It was a scattered game, largely because of the junk defenses. There are games that follow kind of a predictable pattern but this was like a Jackson Pollock painting where stuff's just thrown up against the wall. You've got to just play basketball. You can't really run stuff because they give you different looks. We had to make plays. … These two games could very easily have gone the other way. So we're very fortunate on the one hand but we worked very hard to hang on in both games and to find a way to win them. My hat's off to the players because there wasn't a lot of coaching going on out there because of the nature of the game."
Points in the Paint: |
Pacers 38, Bucks 38
Bucks 20, Pacers 11
Bucks 14, Pacers 10
Points off turnovers:
Bucks 28, Pacers 17
Bucks 66, Pacers 64
Pacers 29, Bucks 22
|STAT OF THE GAME
Michael Redd entered the two-game set with the Pacers as the league's leading scorer at more than 30 per game but averaged 21.0 points on 15-of-38 shooting (.395), in two losses to Indiana.
Beginning a stretch that brings seven of eight on the road Wednesday night in Orlando against Dwight Howard and the Magic (7:00, FSN Indiana).
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Recap | Box Score
By Conrad Brunner | Nov. 21, 2006
Once again, the Pacers were on the precipice of a frustrating defeat. Once again, they found a way to keep it from happening.
This time, however, they needed a lot of help from some unlikely saviors.
Jamaal Tinsley and Stephen Jackson keyed a game-closing 14-point run as the Pacers wiped out a seven-point deficit in the final three minutes to beat the Bucks 93-88 Tuesday in Conseco Fieldhouse. It was the second victory over the Bucks in four nights for the Pacers, who improved to 6-5 overall and 3-2 at home. The Bucks lost their third straight to fall to 3-8 overall, 2-5 on the road.
Jackson converted a prayer of a three-point play – anticipating the foul on a fast-break drive, he tossed the ball high off the glass and it somehow settled into the basket – then hit a wing jumper to cut it to 88-87, and then Tinsley scored on a tough driving bank shot to give the Pacers an 89-88 lead with 31 seconds left.
Jackson then contributed to a pair of critical defensive stops, getting help from Marquis Daniels to force a turnover from Michael Redd with 12 seconds left. After a pair of free throws by Darrell Armstrong made it 91-88, Jackson then recovered from a double-team to block Ersan Ilyasova's 3-pointer in the closing seconds to preserve the victory.
Though occasionally frustrated by Milwaukee's mix of zone defenses, the Pacers kept plugging away and ultimately made the necessary plays. Jermaine O'Neal was solid throughout with 26 points, 13 rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Tinsley's numbers (17 points, nine assists, six rebounds, two steals, one block) reflected the completeness of his productivity. Jackson missed seven of his first nine shots but made the last two when they counted most and finished with 10 points off the bench. Al Harrington returned to the lineup after missing one game with back spasms and didn't appear to be 100 percent, missing eight of 11 shots but compensating with a career-high 18 rebounds. Sarunas Jasikevicius provided a needed lift in the second quarter when he scored seven of his 10 points, and Danny Granger scored 10 with four rebounds and two blocks. The Pacers outrebounded the Bucks 38-27 over the final three quarters and 47-40 for the game.
The Bucks feasted on Indiana turnovers, scoring 28 points off 20 miscues, with Tinsley and Granger contributing four apiece. The Pacers also played to Milwaukee's gameplan by spending too much time trying to shoot over the zone and wound up going 7-of-24 from the arc. Though Redd was defended well (9-of-24 shooting for his 21 points), Mo Williams continued to cause problems, scoring 22 points with nine assists and five rebounds. Andrew Bogut had 14 points and nine rebounds and Dan Gadzuric, who always seems to play well against the Pacers, had a 13-point, 11-rebound double-double.
This was very much a back-and-forth game with the teams trading runs throughout. The Pacers made the first big move with an 18-2 run spanning intermission, with O'Neal scoring nine of the points, to take a 62-51 lead. But the Bucks countered with runs of 10 and 14 unanswered points and outscored the Pacers 31-10 in a span of nearly 14 minutes to take an 82-72 lead with 5:29 left. Granger's 3-pointer cut it to 84-79 but Redd and Bogut scored to push the advantage to 88-79 with 3:07 remaining. The Bucks would not score again, missing their final seven shots.
With first-half misses by Daniels and Jasikevicius, the Pacers have failed to convert four consecutive technical foul free throws.
David Harrison was inactive for the third consecutive game with a left shoulder strain. An MRI Monday revealed no tear but the young center will remain sidelined. Carlisle said Harrison is "getting better but it's going to take awhile."
With Harrington's return, sending Jeff Foster back to the second unit, the Pacers used their fourth different starting lineup of the season.