Pacers can't seize opportunity as Bucks escape
Player of the Game
Veteran power forward had a double-double by halftime and finished with 14 points on 4-of-9 shooting and 12 rebounds, though he committed seven turnovers.
Points in the paint: Bucks 32, Pacers 30
Fast-break points: Pacers 10, Bucks 3
Second-chance points: Pacers 10, Bucks 6
Points off turnovers: Bucks 21, Pacers 10
Starters scoring: Bucks 64, Pacers 45
Bench scoring: Pacers 36, Bucks 20
Stat of the Night
The Pacers were 4-of-20 from the field, 0-of-6 from the 3-point line, and had zero assists in the fourth quarter. Milwaukee won despite shooting 7-of-21 and missing nine of 13 free throws in the fourth quarter.
Jeff Foster missed the game with what Jim O'Brien called "multiple sprains" in his back. He is not expected to play Tuesday in Boston.
Tonight's win is Milwaukee's first at Conseco Fieldhouse in five years, ending a streak of nine straight losses on the Pacers' home floor.
The win is Milwaukee's second in 10 games that have been decided by three points or less. The Bucks lead the NBA in games decided by three points or less.
Indiana has now played four games (2-2) decided by three points or less and all four have come in the team's last six outings.
With 12 rebounds and 14 points tonight, Troy Murphy registered his ninth double-double of the season.
Including a career-high 31 points and a season-best 18 rebounds, Andrew Bogut recorded his 10th double-double of the season.
The Pacers are now 0-2 against Central Division opponents.
Earl Watson led the Indiana starters with four assists and had a game-high three steals while committing no turnovers in 25 minutes. Watson has had 36 steals and 37 turnovers (0.97:1).
Scoring double figures for the ninth time this season, and the second time in the last six games, Tyler Hansbrough led the Indiana bench with 11 points.
The Bucks' nine free throws made and their 45 percent shooting from the foul line (9-20) are both season-lows for an Indiana opponent.
Mike Dunleavy collected a season-high eight rebounds and the Pacers had seven players with at least five rebounds.
As a team, the Pacers outrebounded Milwaukee, 56-44, and had 15 offensive rebounds to the Bucks' seven.
The Pacers blocked nine shots tonight, their second best total of the last 20 games and just their sixth of more than eight rejections this season.
The Pacers wrap up this four-game, five-night stretch Tuesday in Boston against the mighty Celtics (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan).
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Despite opportunities aplenty, the Pacers could not capitalize. Milwaukee took an 82-78 lead into the final 65 seconds but missed six straight free throws but the Pacers produced just three points from their final five possessions and fell short, allowing the Bucks to escape with an 84-81 victory before 12,836 Monday night in Conseco Fieldhouse.
The Pacers last their third in a row and fourth in five games to fall to 9-17 overall. Since their five-game winning streak in November, they're 4-13. Milwaukee snapped losing streaks of nine games in Conseco Fieldhouse and three overall and improved to 12-14.
“Really credit their defense for holding us under 36 percent. It was in-your-face defense. I thought we defended well enough to win the game, we just didn’t knock down shots." – Jim O'Brien.
“I had my hands full with Bogut (Andrew) and my hat goes off to him. He’s a very good ballplayer. I am still in a learning mode and learning every night as I play." – Roy Hibbert.
“We lost this one but we can not dwell on it because Boston is waiting. This game must be put behind us and we must move on to the next one. We do not like to lose. So we’ve got to get up there, be ready because we know they will be waiting on us.” – Troy Murphy.
“I just kind of got it going early, some left handed and right handed shots. I got aggressive and got some easy baskets. And I felt pretty confident about going either way. The ball was falling for me tonight.'' – Milwaukee's Andrew Bogut.
"I think we got tired of losing close games." – Milwaukee's Brandon Jennings.
The game was a grind from the start with neither team able to get much going offensively but the Pacers started to find a rhythm late in the half and took a 43-36 lead into the break.
Jumping on the Pacers out of the locker room, the Bucks went on a 13-0 run to take a 49-45 lead as the Pacers missed 12 of their first 13 shots of the third period. Milwaukee stretched it to 60-53 late in the period but the Pacers closed to 65-63 thanks to a strong finish by the second unit.
The Pacers never led in the fourth but not for a lack of opportunity. Down 75-74, Dahntay Jones missed two free throws; down 82-78 after Charlie Bell missed two, Jones converted just one of two. Brandon Jennings then converted the biggest shot of the final minute, a tough step-back jumper on the baseline that made it 84-79 with 28 seconds left.
It looked over, but it wasn't. Tyler Hansbrough dunked Mike Dunleavy's missed 3-pointer to make it 84-81 and the Pacers quickly fouled Michael Redd. He missed both with 19 seconds left and the Pacers worked it to T.J. Ford, but he missed a 3-pointer. Andrew Bogut then missed a pair with 4.2 seconds left, the Pacers rushed it upcourt and again put it in the hands of Ford – who entered the game 1-of-25 from the arc – but he missed the final 3-pointer.
BY THE NUMBERS
The Pacers shot 35.6 percent overall and were 3-of-17 from the 3-point line. They shot 4-of-20 in the fourth quarter, missing all six of their 3-pointers. Indiana had more turnovers (19) than assists (16) for the game. Roy Hibbert was the high scorer with 16 points on 7-of-15 shooting and he added seven rebounds and one blocked shot. Troy Murphy scored 14 with 12 rebounds but committed a career-high seven turnovers. He had just three points and two boards in the second half. Hansbrough scored 11 with five rebounds off the bench. Mike Dunleavy struggled through a heinous shooting night, going 2-of-17 overall and 0-of-4 from the arc. The Pacers outrebounded the Bucks 56-44.
Bogut led Milwaukee with a career-high 31 on 14-of-19 shooting, adding 18 rebounds, three assists and three blocks. But he didn't score in the final 7 minutes as rookie sensation Jennings stepped forward to score eight of his 16. Jennings shot 7-of-19 but had six assists, four rebounds and two steals. Michael Redd returned to the starting lineup and scored 14. The Bucks shot .422 overall.