Inside the Game: Pacers 105, Bucks 101 080404

Scored 12 of his team-high 27 points in the fourth quarter, including a pair of 3-pointers that both came after Milwaukee had cut the lead to two points, adding 11 rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Marquis Daniels 20:00 -5 David Harrison DNP ---
Travis Diener 25:56 0 Troy Murphy 36:35 +5
Ike Diogu DNP --- Jermaine O'Neal 19:22 +4
Mike Dunleavy 44:57 +3 Andre Owens DNP ---
Jeff Foster 32:38 +4 Kareem Rush DNP ---
Stephen Graham DNP --- Jamaal Tinsley DNP ---
Danny Granger 38:28 +5 Shawne Williams DNP ---
Flip Murray 22:04 +4

  • Points in the paint: Bucks 48, Pacers 32
  • Fast-break points: Pacers 17, Bucks 13
  • Second-chance points: Bucks 15, Pacers 12
  • Points off turnovers: Bucks 25, Pacers 21
  • Starters scoring: Pacers 72, Bucks 70
  • Bench scoring: Pacers 33, Bucks 31

  • Mike Dunleavy's technical foul in the first quarter was his first in 40 games and second of the season, and the team's first individual technical foul in 11 games.

    The home-and-home series with the Bucks concludes Sunday in Conseco Fieldhouse (6 p.m., 1070 The Fan).

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  • Indiana 105, Milwaukee 101

    Pacers stop Bucks, keep hopes alive

    At Milwaukee | April 4, 2008

    They still need help to make the playoffs, quite a bit of it, in fact, but the Pacers did what they could to help themselves with a 105-101 victory over the Bucks in the Bradley Center Friday night.

    With Mike Dunleavy scoring 12 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter, including a pair of clutch 3-pointers and two-thirds of an unusual but important three-point play, the Pacers held off repeated Milwaukee challenges, led wire-to-wire and kept their postseason hopes alive.

    "We just hung in there," Dunleavy said. "As the game went on, they came back on us multiple different times but one thing is when you have a lead, teams have got to take that from you. We never really let them do that. We made big shots and hung on for the win."

    Of the eight Pacers who played, six score in double figures and a seventh, Jeff Foster, was one point shy of a double-double.


    Coupled with losses by both Atlanta (109-104 to Philadelphia) and New Jersey (106-87 to Detroit), the victory moved the Pacers (32-44) past the Nets (31-45) into ninth place in the East, three games behind the Hawks (35-41). The Pacers play the Bucks again Sunday in Conseco Fieldhouse before hosting the Hawks Tuesday in what could be a make-or-break game.


    The Pacers had the Bucks on a yo-yo most of the night, pulling out to several double-digit leads only to see the home team reel back in – but never all the way. The Pacers had a 77-67 lead late in the third quarter but the Bucks scored eight in a row to close to 77-75 but Dunleavy hit a 3-pointer to quell that threat. After Milwaukee made it 84-82 on a Bobby Simmons jumper with 6:25 left, Dunleavy struck again from beyond the arc. It was 94-89 when Dunleavy and Travis Diener combined for a rare three-point play.

    On a two-on-one fast break, Diener passed to Dunleavy for a dunk, then collided with defender Royal Ivey, who was called for a blocking foul. Dunleavy's basket counted and Diener converted the free throw for a 97-89 lead with 3:16 left.

    Dunleavy later committed what could've been a costly mistake. With the Pacers up 104-98, he picked up a Flagrant Foul for pushing his hands into the face of a driving Ramon Sessions with 17.5 seconds left. Sessions made one of the free throws and the Bucks opted not to go for a 3-pointer ad Michael Redd instead drove for a layup that made it 104-101 with 11 seconds left. Dunleavy was fouled in the ensuing inbounds play and made one-of-two free throws to close the door.


    In addition to his 27 points on 8-of-17 shooting, including 4-of-6 from the arc, Dunleavy had 11 rebounds, four assists and three steals. Troy Murphy scored 17 with six assists, Foster had 16 rebounds and nine points and Danny Granger a quiet 13 points. Diener, Jermaine O'Neal and Marquis Daniels – the only reserves to play -- scored 11 apiece off the bench. O'Neal was sharp, offensively, making 5-of-7 shots.


    Turnovers were a problem throughout the game as the Pacers committed 21 – six by O'Neal and five by Dunleavy – that helped the Bucks hang around despite a poor shooting night (.430 overall, 2-of-10 from the arc). Michael Redd did his usual number with 28 and Andrew Bogut had 21 points, six rebounds and three blocks.


  • Granger left the game early in the fourth quarter to have a sprained left wrist taped up but returned with 3:35 remaining.
  • Dunleavy's flagrant foul was his second of the season.
  • Rookie forward Yi Jianlian will miss the rest of the regular season due to a sprained ligament in his left knee, the Bucks announced before the game.


    (On tonight’s game…) “We just have to win. We have won seven out of our last ten games and guys are stepping up. We played a tough brand of basketball and did what we had to do to get a win. We hung in there. Milwaukee is an explosive team and we did what was necessary. It was an important win for us. Atlanta lost so we are one step closer.”

    (On getting Jermaine O’Neal back…) “It’s good to have Jermaine back. I think he played a real solid game. We kept our rotation down to eight people and that is a solid group we are playing with right now.”

    (On playing Jermaine O’Neal more than 20 minutes tonight…) “There was no thought at all, zero. I’ve been told by our medical people that that is his limit. He said he felt great and I’m glad he felt great, but until I’m told by our medical people that he can go more that is what we are going with.”

    (On the play of Mike Dunleavy…) “Michael has had an extraordinary year for us. Everything we have asked him to do he has done at a very high level. He’s a clutch performer. We run a lot of things with him and he just makes big plays.”


    (On holding the Bucks off in the fourth quarter…) “There were a lot of runs so we couldn’t really ever put them out of reach. They just kept fighting and hung in there but fortunately we hung on at the end.”


    (On being allowed to play twenty minutes a game…) “It was tough coming out in the fourth quarter but I guess that is part of the plan. I felt pretty good in the first half but that 20 minutes creeps up on you really quick. I asked him if I could stay out there and he looked me off so I knew what the answer was.”

    (On winning tonight without key players down the stretch…) “We have done that all year. Our team has found ways to win without guys in the lineup. I think the team is used to it. Longevity wise I think me not playing this year hurt a lot, but this team knows how to win and I think that will help us next year.”