Tied his career high for the third time this season and second time in a row with 36 points on 11-of-17 shooting, including 4-of-6 from the 3-point line and 10-of-12 from the free-throw line, adding five rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Marquis Daniels 19:15 +12 David Harrison 18:45 +13
Travis Diener 31:43 +13 Troy Murphy 24:16 +5
Ike Diogu 6:02 -3 Jermaine O'Neal DNP ---
Mike Dunleavy 34:22 +30 Andre Owens 3:09 0
Jeff Foster 25:40 +17 Kareem Rush 25:32 -2
Stephen Graham 5:21 -4 Jamaal Tinsley DNP ---
Danny Granger 38:01 +31 Shawne Williams DNP ---
Flip Murray 7:54 -2
Season plus-minus | Box score
  • Points in the paint: Pacers 44, Bucks 42
  • Fast-break points: Pacers 17, Bucks 15
  • Second-chance points: Bucks 25, Pacers 18
  • Points off turnovers: Pacers 18, Bucks 6
  • Starters scoring: Pacers 94, Bucks 73
  • Bench scoring: Pacers 34, Bucks 33
  • Six of Dunleavy's seven career games of at least 30 points have come this season, and the Pacers are 5-1 in those games.
    The longest remaining road trip of the season, three games in four nights, begins Wednesday night in Houston against the Rockets (8:30 p.m., FSN-Indiana, WFNI-AM 1070).

    Indiana 128, Milwaukee 106
    Dunleavy ignites offensive explosion

    By Conrad Brunner | March 2, 2008

    With a lingering scar from the early-season gash on his upper lip and the new cut on his lower lip, courtesy of a collision with the Bucks' Michael Redd Sunday night, Mike Dunleavy is taking on the look of a boxer.

    You should see the other guy.

    Matching his career-high 36 for the second game in a row, Dunleavy once again was the spearhead of a potent offensive attack as the Pacers rolled up a season-high point total in routing Milwaukee 128-106 Sunday.

    "We stayed aggressive from start to finish and played our regular game," said Dunleavy, who has averaged 27.8 points in the last six games. "We must continue to play in the manner and style that we have played for these last two games. We must continue and keep attacking and getting back on defense to make stops. We sometimes lose our aggressiveness toward the end of the game and we all know what happens."

    The Pacers (24-36) won consecutive games for the first time since early February and pulled 2½ games behind eighth-place New Jersey in the Eastern Conference playoff race. They also beat the Bucks for the sixth straight time in Conseco Fieldhouse and snapped an eight-game losing streak to Central Division opponents.

    Dunleavy was complemented nicely by Danny Granger, who returned from a one-game NBA suspension to score 28 points with nine rebounds and three assists.

    "Michael's a hell of a scorer and I think when he gets on a roll, we try to run him off as many pick-and-rolls because he does a nice job of using pick-and-rolls and then seeing people," said Coach Jim O'Brien. "Whenever Mike or Danny (Granger) score a lot of points, it has a lot to do with our tempo, that we're pushing it and getting quick opportunities at the basket. Certainly, you're not going to see many guys score 36 points when you're scoring in the 80s so it's really a product of our tempo. Our tempo, the last couple of games, is exactly where we need it to be."

    The Pacers led 64-50 at halftime but Milwaukee put together an 18-6 run during the third quarter to cut the lead to 80-74. Travis Diener, who had 15 points and six assists, heated up and Granger attacked the basket aggressively for three hoops as the Pacers pushed the lead to 97-85 heading into the fourth.

    They quickly closed the door, hitting three 3-pointers in a 15-3 run that stretched it to 112-88. The Bucks missed 12 of 13 shots during that run and were 8-of-30 in the fourth quarter. Milwaukee shot .380 for the game.

    "I think we looked real good at different parts of the game," said O'Brien. "When we did a job of keeping them off the glass, then we were able to get out (and run). But we still gave up 27 offensive rebounds, which is not great. But to get two in a row feels good."

    Michael Redd scored 28 to lead the Bucks (22-38), who fell two games behind the Pacers.

    Noteworthy …

  • In his first game after signing Saturday, veteran guard Ronald "Flip" Murray scored four points in eight minutes.
  • Bucks forward Yi Jian Lian limped out in the fourth quarter with a sprained left ankle.

    Listen to Coach O'Brien's postgame press conference

    “We looked real good at different parts of the game. When we did a good job keeping them off the glass, we were able to get out. Two in a row feels good. I think our passing game is getting better and better as the year goes on. Mike (Dunleavy) is a hell of a scorer. He gets on a roll and we try running him off as many pick and rolls as we can. Whenever Mike or Danny (Granger) scores a lot of points, a lot of it has to do with our tempo. Last couple of games our tempo has been where it needed to be.”
    (On two wins in a row) "We stayed aggressive from start to finish and played our regular game. We must continue to play in the manner and style that we have played for these last two games. We must continue and keep attacking and getting back on defense to make stops. We sometimes lose our aggressiveness toward the end of the game and we all know what happens. "
    (Is this a jump start?) "Sometimes you get rejuvenated right after the break and play well down the stretch and into the playoffs.”
    (On Flip Murray) "He’s been around. He’s played some and we figure that he can give us help and a pick up when we need it. "
    (On tonight’s game) "We finished the game tonight, played hard from start to finish and when you do that we can see that good things happen. We put together two good halves. We’ve got to keep it up and continue to work because the feeling is great, winning these two ball games in a row and we just want to build on it. Everybody played very hard.”
    “Sometimes our effort is good enough to keep us in games."
    (On Mike Dunleavy) "He’s playing with an awful lot of confidence. The effort, I really can’t talk much about the effort. Guys get started with a dunk or lay-up. That rim gets bigger into the night."
    (On how much time Yi Jianlian will be missing) "Sprained ankle. It’s hard to tell right now. It varies from person to person."
    (On giving up 128 points) "We talked about trying to change things up at halftime but Indiana just kept putting it in the hole. They really hurt us with their pick and rolls and especially making us mix up our switches on handoffs. That created some real defensive problems for us, especially since they were hitting so well. We tried to do the same things here in preparation as we did in Milwaukee the first time, but it just didn’t seem to work this time."
    (On playing back-to-back games) "It’s all a part of the NBA game. We know we have it in the schedule and should be mentally ready to deal with it. We just have to tough it up, but it just didn’t seem like tonight we had it. No excuses.”
    “We just didn’t get it done tonight. It just seemed different playing here on the road than it did when we played them at our place. They just make too many easy baskets and we just didn’t defend our men well enough trying to keep in front of them. It was tough getting through their picks and making switches and it just kind of got frustrating down the stretch.”