Wednesday, November 14 at 8:00 PM EST at BMO Bradley Harris Center
Game Rewind: IND 85, MIL 99
by Scott Agness
Coming off a brutal home loss to the Raptors at home, the Indiana Pacers (3-6) desperately wanted to get back on the right track. Instead, they kept pounding their heads against the wall and never found a rhythm. The Milwaukee Bucks took an early lead, never trailed and ended a five-game losing streak to Indiana with a 99-85 victory.
Like many previous starts, the Pacers got behind early, but couldn't find a way back this time. The Bucks (5-2) jumped out to a 7-0 lead and later pushed ahead 24-7 by way of a 17-2 run. Turnovers were plenty and the Bucks used it to help fire their offense. The Pacers missed 11 of their first 15 shots, then knocked down their final three of the first quarter but were already in a hole, down 33-17.
The troubles continued into the second quarter. Coach Vogel, who said he was going to stick with a nine-man rotation, went deeper to his bench, bringing in Sam Young for the first time in three games in hopes of a spark. But, three-point attempts wouldn't fall, they were dominated on the boards and the Pacers looked dejected. Milwaukee went to the locker room up 60-34.
As far down as the Pacers fell, there is no quit in Tyler Hansbrough’s system, though. He kept fighting through the every whistle until the game ended and led all scorers with 17 points in just over 19 minutes of action.
The Pacers trailed by as many as 32 points, their biggest deficit of the season. In the fourth quarter, they made up some ground, but it was with subs in for both teams. The Pacers won the final period (32-17) to make the final score a more respectable 14 point loss.
The Pacers have now lost five of their last six games.
Inside the Numbers
Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis each scored 16 points for the Bucks. Beno Udrih chipped in nine points and ten rebounds off the bench.
Gerald Green recorded 13 points and 6 rebounds. David West finished with seven points and nine rebounds and Roy Hibbert had seven point and eight rebounds.
The Pacers shot 37% from the field and were 5-of-20 (25%) from outside. They also missed 11 free throw tries, going 20-for-31.
After managing their turnovers in the last four games, the Pacers turned it over 20 times.
The Pacers bench outscored the starters 52-33.
George Hill had his worst game of the season, finishing with only three points on 1-of-10 shooting.
Stat of the Game
In a game like this, there isn't one big thing the Pacers can put their finger on. Going down 7-zip and then being outscored 17-2 midway thru the first quarter quickly did the Pacers in.
- Following their season-opening win in Toronto, the Pacers have lost their last five on the road.
- All 13 active Pacers played.
- George Hill was given a technical foul for something he said at the end of the first quarter.
- Milwaukee's Larry Sanders earned a flagrant-1 foul after a hard swipe at Tyler Hansbrough.
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