Saturday, January 5th at 7:00 PM EST at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Game Rewind: IND 95, MIL 80
by Scott Agness | January 5, 2013
In the NBA, you have to have a short-term memory. Good thing for the Pacers, coming off a rough outing in Boston last night. Back home for their next four games, the Pacers (20-14) hosted the Milwaukee Bucks (16-16)—a division foe that has been an obstacle in their path this season—to Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
With George Hill back in the starting lineup after missing the last three games, the Pacers took control in the second half to bounce back with a 95-80 win behind 20 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks from Roy Hibbert.
With Hill, Coach Vogel advised that they were going to be cautious, saying he was still struggling with “grabbing in his groin.”
Lance Stephenson and Gerald Green each picked up two fouls in the early going, which opened a wing spot for rookie Orlando Johnson [Story: Johnson's Whirlwind Weekend], who Vogel wanted to see more of after his fourth quarter effort last night. The Bucks hung around in the first quarter, never leading, but they knotted the game up at 21.
Things remained tight in the second, with seven ties and two lead changes. The Pacers shot a blistering 64 percent, scored 20 of their 31 third quarter points in the paint and led by five at intermission.
Stingy defense in the second half held the Bucks to 30 percent shooting and allowed the Pacers to push ahead. They used a 16-5 run in the third quarter to take their first double-digit lead. Without much of a frontcourt threat from the Bucks, Hibbert owned the offensive boards, ending the night with a career-high 11, and he made three of four shots in the quarter.
The Pacers led by as many as 20 in the final period in their 95-80 win over the Bucks, who dropped their fourth game in a row. The Pacers will take Sunday off ahead of two monster tasks against the Miami Heat and New York Knicks this week.
Inside the Numbers
Roy Hibbert recorded his first double-double in ten games – 20 points, 15 rebounds – and he was one offensive rebound shy of the franchise record (12). George Hill scored 14 points on 7-of-16 shooting and both Lance Stephenson and David West finished with 10.
Monta Ellis had a game-high 21 points and Larry Sanders finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Holding the Bucks to 80 points, the Pacers improve to 11-2 when their opponents score in the 80s.
The Pacers struggled from behind the arc, shooting a season-low 15 percent (3-of-20).
"A really quality team win for our guys against a division opponent that we need to get a ‘W’ against. I thought Roy Hibbert had an exceptional night on both ends of the court ... Limiting ourselves to 13 turnovers, which has been a problem against this team, factored into the win, as well as being able to pound them on the glass, led by Roy Hibbert." – Frank Vogel
"His scoring has been sporadic this year but he’s probably tried harder than ever to impact the game in other ways. Tonight, it was the offensive glass; it was the defensive glass and all season, he’s been exceptional protecting the rim." – Frank Vogel on Roy Hibbert
"Early in the season, I’d catch the rebound and I’d just go back up real soft. (Tonight) I came back down and took my time, either passing it out or trying to go up and score it tough... I want to string a couple good games together and keep seeing this team win." – Roy Hibbert
"We knew this was going to be basically a must-win situation for us. We’re fighting to stay even with these guys in the season series and stay ahead of them in the standings. I thought we came out with the right focus. Defensively in the second half, we were able to limit them and give ourselves some distance." – David West
Stat of the Game
The Pacers scored a season-high 64 points in the paint, outscoring the Bucks 64-26.
- The Pacers have won seven straight at the Fieldhouse.
- Paul George, Gerald Green and Jeff Pendergraph all received technical fouls.
- Sam Young missed his second-straight game with a sprained left ankle.
- Pacers mascot Boomer celebrated his birthday at the game with a handful of other mascots from around the league.
The Pacers face the Miami Heat on Tuesday, January 8th at Bankers Life Fieldhouse (7 PM EST) for the first time since last year's playoffs. Good seats are still available. Buy Tickets »