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Friday, March 22nd, 2013 at 7:00 PM EDT at Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Game Rewind: IND 102, MIL 78

Scott Agness | March 22, 2013

Game Rewind

For the first 24 minutes, the Pacers and Milwaukee Bucks traded the lead over a dozen times and were separated by no more than five points. Following their halftime locker room speech, the Pacers locked in on defense and held the Bucks to 24 percent shooting. In front of their seventh-sellout crowd of the season, the Pacers recorded their third-straight win, 102-78.

It was all about the inside game in the opening quarter. Power forwards Tyler Hansbrough, who scored the Pacers’ first six points, and Samuel Dalembert led their teams with nine and 10 points, respectively. Milwaukee (34-34) attempted 11 more shots and missed more than two-thirds of them. The Pacers (43-26) shot 59-percent in the first stanza, primarily because 18 of their points came in the lane, with three more from the line. Paul George’s lay-in bucket tied the game at 23 at the end of the first.

Over the next 12 minutes, the lead changed hands nine times and the game was tied nine times. The largest lead in the quarter, 3, belonged to the Bucks for just 43 seconds. Monta Ellis had eight in the second, nearly half his teams’ points as they trailed 45-43 at intermission. Brandon Jennings, who entered the game averaging 18.3 points per game, failed to score in the first half and was just 1-of-15 for the game.

Out of the break, the Pacers were strong at both ends, particularly on defense. They outscored Milwaukee 28-11 in the third, 11 coming from Tyler Hansbrough, who recorded his third consecutive double-double while starting in place of the injured David West (lower back sprain). The Bucks hit only three shots in the third and were dominated in the paint – a story all night – by 14.

By the first five minutes of the fourth, the Pacers’ lead had grown to 26, the biggest of the night. Paul George then joined the other four starters on the bench for the final seven minutes, a nice rest ahead of their matchup with the Bulls in Chicago tomorrow night. The Pacers hit triple digits for the second time in three games and improved to 12-2 within the division.

Inside the Numbers

Six Pacers finished in double figures, led by Tyler Hansbrough’s double-double – a season-high 22 points and 12 rebounds. With 11 points, eight rebounds, seven blocks and three assists, Roy Hibbert had himself a complete game. D.J. Augustin, Jeff Pendergraph and Ian Mahinmi all tallied 10 points.

Monta Ellis had 22 points and six dimes in the Bucks’ loss. All 10 points from Samuel Dalembert came in the first quarter and he also collected 12 rebounds. Mike Dunleavy and Ekpe Udoh each added seven points off the bench.

George Hill’s 33-game streak with at least one 3-point basket ended tonight. He had three steals, boosting his season total to 70, his most ever in one season.

Milwaukee registered 17 second chance points off of 22 offensive rebounds, the most of any Indiana opponent this season.

The Pacers improve to 13-1 when holding their opponent under 80 points.

Quoteworthy

“Heck of a win for our guys, led by a dominant defensive third quarter where we held them to about five points in the quarter until the final minute I think.” – Frank Vogel

“Maybe because he’s playing with the starters. I’m not totally sure. Some guys are just more comfortable starting and they get in a better rhythm of the game. Whatever it is, I’m glad it’s working out for Tyler and for us.” – Frank Vogel on Tyler Hansbrough’s enhanced play while in the starting lineup

“I’m trying to get the flow of the game, not rushing or anything. Tonight, I felt like they were doubling off of Roy [Hibbert] and I got some easy baskets.” – Tyler Hansbrough

“The whole preparation for tonight was from the Denver Nuggets and how they push the tempo, how they run, get out and get easy buckets. That’s really what gave us the margin early in that third. We started playing defense and really getting out and running.” – Paul George

“We stopped playing around and just went out there and played aggressive, get this win, and then get some rest. Defensively, we just turned it up.” – Roy Hibbert on the second half

Stat of the Game

he Bucks fired up 101 shots and only connected on 31 of them, resulting in a 30.7 field goal percentage—the lowest by any Indiana opponent this season. The Pacers are 23-5 when their opponent shoots below 40 percent.

Noteworthy

  • The Pacers and Bucks split the season series, with both teams winning the pair of games on their home court.
  • Former Pacer Mike Dunleavy was given a flagrant-2 foul in the fourth quarter for a hard foul on Gerald Green.
  • David West sat out his third game in a row with a lower back sprain. Coach Vogel said West won’t travel with the team to Chicago tonight.
  • Both teams wore Hardwood Classics throwback jerseys. The Pacers sported their pinstripes.
  • The Pacers’ Radio Network broadcast, with Mark Boyle and Slick Leonard, originated from the G2 Zone.
  • Jeff Foster, who announced his retirement one year ago yesterday after 13 seasons, sat courtside with his wife.

Next Up

The Pacers travel to Chicago for a Central Division showdown with the Bulls on Saturday night, before returning home to host the Atlanta Hawks on Monday.

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