Followed one of the worst nights of his career with a strong all-around performance, scoring 18 points with a career-high 10 assists, six rebounds and two blocked shots.
"When you're playing against teams like this at the end of the year that don't have anything to prove and you've got guys that want to show the coach they're worthy to be on the team and worthy to be in the league, they're going to come out and play hard and loose. They don't have anything to lose. ... I just give our guys a lot of credit. We kept our composure, kept pushing and got the win."
Points in the Paint:
Bucks 48, Pacers 36
Fast-break points:
Bucks 17, Pacers 6
2nd-chance points:
Pacers 20, Bucks 11
Points off turnovers:
Bucks 23, Pacers 9
Starters scoring:
Pacers 73, Bucks 67
Bench scoring:
Pacers 31, Bucks 31
The Pacers have won the last seven games in which they've scored at least 100 points. They've lost the last six, and 19 of 20, when they’ve failed to reach the century mark.
The road trip concludes Friday in Miami against the recently returned Dwyane Wade and the Heat (8 p.m., ESPN).
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    Pacers Help Themselves To Big Win

    At Milwaukee | April 11, 2007

    After a frustrating loss in Philadelphia Tuesday night, it became obvious the Pacers would require help to complete their playoff push. They got it from an unlikely source – the officiating crew – Wednesday night as two late calls played vital roles in their ability to preserve a 104-98 victory over the Bucks in Milwaukee.

    Hanging onto a 100-98 lead in the final minute, Mike Dunleavy rebounded Darrell Armstrong's missed 3-pointer on the baseline and signaled for a timeout while stepping out of bounds. One official waved off the timeout, which would've given the ball to the Bucks with a chance to at least tie with 14.2 seconds remaining. But the initial ruling was reversed and the Pacers were awarded the timeout, which preserved a critical possession.

    Though they only needed to run out the clock, the Pacers found themselves in a frantic scramble against Milwaukee's defensive pressure and Dunleavy lofted an ill-advised cross-court pass that was stolen by Mo Williams, who streaked in with what appeared to be the game-tying layup. But Dan Gadzuric, chasing Dunleavy, was called for a foul after the fateful pass was released. Instead of a tie game, Dunleavy went to the line with 2.2 seconds and made both to ice the hard-fought victory.

    Their third victory in four games, coupled with Orlando's 104-99 loss in Detroit, moved the Pacers (35-43) one game behind the eighth-place Magic (36-42) with four remaining. The Bucks (26-52), playing without four injured starters including leading scorer Michael Redd, lost their fourth in a row and 11th in 12 games.


    The needed offensive balance was there as five players scored in double figures led by Dunleavy's game-high 25 on 8-of-15 shooting. He was 8-of-10 from the line and pulled five rebounds. Danny Granger rebounded nicely from an horrific night in Philadelphia and flirted with a triple-double (18 points, a career-high 10 assists and six rebounds, not to mention two blocked shots). Jermaine O'Neal struggled with his shot most of the night (7-of-17) but hit three big ones in the fourth period and finished with 16 points, nine rebounds, four assists, four blocks and two steals. Darrell Armstrong scored 16 with four rebounds and four assists off the bench and Keith McLeod started and scored in double figures for the fourth straight game with 11 points, adding four assists. Troy Murphy was one point and one rebound away from a double-double off the bench. The Pacers had 29 assists on 38 baskets, dominated the boards 58-39 and owned a 23-7 advantage at the free-throw line.
    Like so many other shorthanded teams forced to scramble with unconventional lineups and approaches, the Bucks used a small group that often gave the Pacers fits. Williams was his usual troublesome self with 23 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Rookie David Noel shot 7-of-10 and scored a career-high 18 off the bench. Gadzuric used his quickness around the rim for 18 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks. Charlie Bell scored 14, eight in the fourth quarter, and Ruben Patterson was surprisingly quiet with 10 points in just 17 minutes.
    Though the Pacers kept the Bucks at arm's length most of the night, there was never a sense of comfort. The lead was as big as 10 in the first half and nine (53-44) at the break, but the Pacers opened the third quarter with a 12-4 run to stretch the margin to 65-49. Williams wouldn't let things get out of hand, though, by hitting consecutive 3-pointers to spark a 10-point counter that cut it to 65-59. Armstrong helped quell that threat with eight quick points and the Pacers rebuilt an 84-72 lead with 9:47 remaining.

    Bell then got hot, scoring half the points in a 12-2 run fueled by five Indiana turnovers as the Bucks closed to 86-84 with 7:21 left. Upon regaining their offensive composure, the Pacers preserved the lead, though it was threatened down to the last. Milwaukee thrice cut the lead to one, but Indiana scored on its final seven possessions.

  • The Pacers grabbed 20 offensive rebounds for the second game in a row. Including a 20-11 advantage Wednesday, they've outscored their last two opponents 47-22 on second-chance points.
  • Jamaal Tinsley missed his fourth game in a row with a right elbow injury.
  • In addition to Granger's career-high 10, Ike Diogu produced a season-high three assists.
  • Indiana swept the season series for the first time since the 1998-99 season.
  • The Bucks dropped to 4-21 in games Redd has missed this season.