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GAME RECAP: Bucks 106, Pacers 97

Giannis Antetokounmpo finishes with a triple-double (33 points, 19 rebounds, 11 assists) as the Bucks comeback to snap the Pacers six-game winning streak.

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GAME RECAP: Bucks 106, Pacers 97

Giannis Antetokounmpo finishes with a triple-double (33 points, 19 rebounds, 11 assists) as the Bucks comeback to snap the Pacers six-game winning streak.
Feb 13, 2019  |  00:00

Postgame Wrap Up: Pacers-Bucks - Feb. 13, 2019

February 13, 2019 - Pacers.com's Zain Pyarali breaks down the Pacers' first loss in the month of February as they head into the All-Star break with a 38-20 record, which is good enough for third place in the Eastern Conference.
Feb 13, 2019  |  01:31

Postgame: Pacers Locker Room - Feb. 13, 2019

February 13, 2019 - Pacers players Thaddeus Young, Myles Turner, and Darren Collison discussed Indiana's 106-97 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Feb 13, 2019  |  02:13

Postgame: McMillan Press Conference - Feb. 13, 2019

Feb. 13, 2019 - Pacers head coach Nate McMillan speaks with the media following Indiana's 106-97 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Feb 13, 2019  |  03:58

Evans Hits the Three Off the Dribble

February 13, 2019: Tyreke Evans keeps the ball on a string and hits the 3-pointer off the dribble.
Feb 13, 2019  |  03:48

Matthews Drains the Fastbreak Three

February 13, 2019: The Pacers scramble for the defensive rebound and get the ball up the floor to Wesley Matthews, who calmly hits the three to give the Pacers the lead.
Feb 13, 2019  |  03:46

Bogdanovic Nails the Wing Three

February 13, 2019: Bojan Bogdanovic gets the ball on the fastbreak, steps back and hits the three.
Feb 13, 2019  |  03:46

Bogey Goes Coast to Coast Off the Jump Ball

February 13, 2019: Bojan Bogdanovic grabs the jump ball and goes coast to coast for the tough layup.
Feb 13, 2019  |  02:48

Sabonis Spins in the Post

February 13, 2019: Domantas Sabonis catches the pass and immediately spins to his left for the layup down low.
Feb 13, 2019  |  02:27

Nice Ball Movement Leads to DC's Three

February 13, 2019: Darren Collison drains the corner 3-pointer after some nice ball movement.
Feb 13, 2019  |  02:30

Domas Hustles & Kicks to Evans For Three

February 13, 2019: Domantas Sabonis hustles for the offensive rebound and kicks it out to Tyreke Evans for three.
Feb 13, 2019  |  02:14

Domas Goes Behind the Back to CoJo

February 13, 2019: Domantas Sabonis finds Cory Joseph with a nice behind-the-back pass and Joseph finishes.
Feb 13, 2019  |  01:51

Game Rewind: Pacers 97, Bucks 106

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 7:00 PM ET at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
by Greg Rappaport
Pacers.com Writer
@Greg_Rappaport

Game Recap

Despite leading by as much as 10 points in the fourth quarter, a furious Bucks rally upended the Pacers' six-game winning streak as Milwaukee won 106-97 in the final game before the All-Star break.

Bankers Life Fieldhouse was on its feet when a Tyreke Evans 3-pointer splashed through the net, putting Indiana ahead 86-76, but the Bucks — owners of the league's best record — spent the final 9:35 in control, as Giannis Antetokounmpo's 33-point, 19-rebound, 11-assist performance was too much for the Pacers to overcome.

"He’s a monster," said Pacers head coach Nate McMillan after the game. "It’s a challenge to stop that kid. He does so much for that team. 19 rebounds; he is starting their break rebounding the ball and they were able to score 23 fast break points off our misses and turnovers."

Indiana (38-20) was able to cling to its lead until Antetokounmpo backed into the paint for yet another slam, putting Milwaukee (43-14) up 93-92. The Pacers briefly regained the advantage when Thaddeus Young drilled a three from the corner, but the Bucks answered that with an 11-0 run, effectively ending the night for Indiana.

By the time the final horn sounded, the Pacers had been outscored 30-18 in the fourth quarter.

In the game's early moments, Milwaukee took a quick lead, jumping ahead 12-5 when Khris Middleton made a 3-pointer from the wing. The Pacers' starting unit responded with a rally, getting the score to just a one-point Bucks lead before Milwaukee's offense sprinted ahead once again, closing the quarter on a 9-2 run to grab a 26-18 lead after 12 minutes.

Antetokounmpo was especially effective, scoring 14 points in the opening quarter.

"He’s a very, very tough player to guard. Very versatile," said Thaddeus Young, who finished with seven points and seven rebounds. "There’s only so many things you can do; but when he’s trying to post you up in the lane and is just spinning. He’s already at the rim when he takes a spin."

With the bench units on the floor, Indiana opened up the scoring in the second quarter with a bucket from Doug McDermott, but the Bucks struck back, scoring seven unanswered as their lead ballooned to double digits.

Following a Pacers timeout, however, Indiana's offense snapped into action, breaking off a 7-0 run of its own to chop the score down to a 35-30 Bucks lead with 7:38 remaining in the half.

Late threes by Ersan Illyasova and former Pacer George Hill helped the Bucks jump ahead by 10, but a pair of free throws by Bogdanovic (20 points) with 4.1 left in the quarter helped the Pacers slice the deficit to a 55-47 Bucks lead at the break.

The Pacers erupted out out of the locker room in the second half with a thundering 12-3 run as Darren Collison led the charge, scoring seven of the 12 points. In the early moments of the sprint, a defensive play by Young and Myles Turner helped ratchet up the intensity. After Young stripped Antetokounmpo, the towering Bucks forward was able to recover, only to have his shot blocked by Turner, delighting the home crowd at the Fieldhouse.

Just minutes later, it was Collison again, drilling a 3-pointer to put the Pacers ahead 64-62.

Caught off balance, the Bucks were able to regain their footing, getting another 3-pointer from Illyasova and a three-point play from Hill to get their deficit down to two.

A free throw from Tyreke Evans closed the scoring for the quarter as the Pacers carried a 79-76 lead into the final frame.

The fourth began the same way as the third — with a burst of Pacers offense. The second unit came out hot, as Evans knocked down a three from the wing to cap a 7-0 Pacers run to begin the quarter, forcing a Bucks timeout and opening up a deafening roar from the crowd.

Out of the Bucks' timeout, Milwaukee stabilized itself as Middleton started to find a groove driving to the basket. An and-one from the All-Star forward was part of a 15-4 response from the Bucks, giving a 91-90 lead to Milwaukee with 5:34 remaining in the game.

Although the Pacers were able to retake the lead momentarily when Young hit a 3-pointer, an 11-0 Bucks run put the game out of reach for Indiana from there.

"Their defense tightened up," explained McMillan "They went to switches that we didn’t take advantage of. They had their five switching on our ball screens and we had size in the post. But we could never take advantage of that. That was the difference in the ball game."

Inside the Numbers

The Bucks were hot from beyond the arc, making 10-of-27 3-point shots. After a quick start, the Pacers cooled off, finishing 9-of-31.

Indiana sent the Bucks to the free throw line 29 times. The Pacers made just 15 trips to the free throw line.

Milwaukee had a serious edge in the paint, outscoring the Pacers 58-32.

You Can Quote Me On That

"Just moving the ball and playing at a good pace, a really good tempo. Trusting in one another to make shots, trusting in one another to be there defensively and we just did a good job of executing. But, down the stretch, we got away from what got us to that point. With that being said, we just have to go out there and continue to play. Try to put this one behind us but continue to think about it, think about what got us out of position to win that game and try to get away from those things." -Thaddeus Young

"We can take away some positive things. We know we have a tough road ahead of us in the second half of the season but it’s time for us to get away, clear our heads for a little bit and come back ready to work." -Myles Turner

"Still amazing, still an amazing team, they play amazing basketball, they play together. They play hard, they cover one another on defense. They’ve been playing amazing, even without Victor Oladipo. I know Vic is a great player, he’s an All-Star, even after he went down this team has been able to cover for him and pick it up and they play good basketball." -Giannis Antetokounmpo

Noteworthy

  • The Pacers made just two of their final 10 field goal attempts in the game.
  • Indiana's winning streak ended up six games, marking their third streak of six or more wins this season.
  • Milawuakee snapped a four-game losing streak when playing in Indiana.

Stat of the Night

Giannis Antetokounmpo is the first player to record a triple-double with 33 or more points, 19 or more rebounds, and 11 or more assists since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1976, per Basketball Reference.

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