MARQUIS DANIELS
Scored 22 points with five rebounds, three assists and two steals off the bench.
RICK CARLISLE
"A little too much entertainment for the dollar tonight but getting the win was huge for us. They certainly had their shot-making game going and we know from experience Milwaukee's a team that can make breathtaking plays. They made some huge plays to get it into overtime but the important thing is we survived the second overtime."
Points in the Paint:
Pacers 54, Bucks 46
Fast-break points:
Pacers 29, Bucks 7
2nd-chance points:
Bucks 18, Pacers 16
Points off turnovers:
Bucks 29, Pacers 24
Starters scoring:
Bucks 102, Pacers 101
Bench scoring:
Pacers 35, Bucks 27
The Pacers have won the last six games in which Daniels has played. They've gone 3-4 in the last seven he's missed.
The Pacers play their second and final road game of February Friday in Toronto against Chris Bosh and the Raptors.
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  • INDIANA 136, MILWAUKEE 129 (2OT)
    Pacers Survive Shootout With Bucks

    By Conrad Brunner | Feb. 21, 2007


    The box score says Milwaukee shot 11-of-24 from the 3-point line, which means the Bucks missed more than they made. This flies in the face of perception, because it certainly seemed like the visitors made everything they tossed up Wednesday night, at least when it mattered.

    After watching multiple opportunities to win slip away in regulation and the first overtime, the Pacers finally came up with the necessary stops in the final minute of the second overtime to pull out a 136-129 victory over Milwaukee in Conseco Fieldhouse.

    The Pacers had a five-point lead with 26.8 seconds left in regulation but couldn't hold it as Charlie Bell followed Michael Redd's layup by stealing the inbounds pass and draining a 3-pointer to tie it at 114-all. They led 122-119 and had the ball in the final minute of the first overtime but missed their final two shots, allowing Redd's 3-pointer to force another extra session.

    But after taking a 133-129 lead on Troy Murphy's free throws with 20.2 seconds left in the second overtime, the Pacers forced turnovers on Milwaukee's final two possessions and pulled out their third consecutive victory.

    Indiana (29-24) improved to 18-10 at home and won its third in a row against the Bucks. Milwaukee (19-36) dropped its sixth straight and 21st in 24 games and fell to 8-24 on the road.


    PLUSES

    The Pacers benefited from a number of strong offensive performances. Jermaine O'Neal scored 29, adding 15 rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Danny Granger scored 26 with seven rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks. Marquis Daniels scored 22 with five rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks off the bench. Murphy scored 19 with 10 rebounds and four assists. Mike Dunleavy scored 16, and Jamaal Tinsley had 11 points, 11 assists, four rebounds and two steals. The Pacers shot .494, had 28 assists and outrebounded the Bucks 52-39.
    MINUSES
    Despite fouling out most of Milwaukee's big men, including starters Andrew Bogut and Brian Skinner, O'Neal was unable to make a basket in either overtime period. The Pacers were 4-of-18 from the 3-point line and committed 24 turnovers. Defensively, they couldn't contend with Redd, who racked up 38 points, including 6-of-13 from the arc. Mo Williams had 24 points, 10 assists and six rebounds. Bell finished with 21 points, Bogut 19 and Ruben Patterson 13 off the bench.
    MOMENTS
    The Pacers jumped out to an 18-point lead in the first quarter (33-15) but the Bucks rallied back with a 36-point second quarter to cut the deficit to 63-60 at the break, setting up a tight second half that was a matter of Indiana thrust followd by Milwaukee parry. O'Neal's last basket of the game and a pair of Murphy free throws put the Pacers up 113-107 with 41.2 seconds left in regulation. Bell made two free throws, then Darrell Armstrong left open the door by missing one of two. After Redd's layup, Bell stole Tinsley's inbounds pass from Armstrong in the corner and immediately tossed in the tying 3-pointers. The Pacers had two shots at the win but O'Neal fired an airball and Daniels' follow rimmed out.

    After Redd's 3-pointer tied the second overtime at 122-all with 19.9 seconds left, the Pacers had the last shot once again but Tinsley's leaning shot in the lane over Earl Boykins bounded off the front rim. Daniels drove and Tinsley hit a 3-pointer to give the Pacers a quick five-point lead in the second overtime and the Bucks never fully recovered. Bell's drive cut the lead to 131-129 with 43.6 seconds left but Murphy rebounded another O'Neal airball and drew a foul with the shot-clock expiring, making both free throws with 20.2 seconds left. Daniels then knocked the ball away from Patterson in the lane, then stole an errant pass on Milwaukee's final possession.


    TIDBITS
  • O'Neal left the game briefly after taking an elbow from Jared Reiner in a rebounding scrum with 2:32 left in the third period. He returned with 9:07 left in the fourth quarter.
  • Indiana's 39 points in the first quarter were a season-high, and Milwaukee's 36 points in the second tied the opponent's season-high.
  • Indiana's point total was its highest since a 140-89 victory over Chicago on March 28, 2003.
  • The Pacers' 44 free throws made tied the franchise record.
  • Granger had career highs of 13 free throws made and 15 attempted.
  • Though he considered starting rookie Shawne Williams for a second game in a row, Coach Rick Carlisle returned Granger to the first unit.
  • David Harrison, who re-injured his left shoulder in practice Tuesday, was the only player unavailable due to injury.