Playoff-bound squads meet at Bradley Center
=== Playoff-bound squads meet at Bradley Center ===
(Sports Network) – Central Division rivals clash tonight, as the fading
Indiana Pacers visit the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center.
Milwaukee is No. 6 in the Eastern Conference playoff race, while the Pacers
are the seventh seed.
This is the fourth and final meeting of the season between the squads. The
Pacers won both contests at Conseco Fieldhouse, while the Bucks defeated
Indiana, 103-102, on November 12th at the Bradley Center.
Indiana has lost five of its last six at Milwaukee.
The Pacers, who play the first of a brief two-game road trip, come into
tonight’s contest on a three-game losing streak. On Thursday, Shawn Marion
ended with 29 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals to lead the
Phoenix Suns to a 114-104 win over Indiana on Reggie Miller Night at Conseco
Miller, a five-time All-Star and legendary guard for the Pacers, had his No.
31 sent into the rafters during halftime. He is the NBA’s leader in three-
pointers (2,560), 12th in scoring (25,279), seventh in free-throw percentage
(.888) and sixth in games played (1,389). Miller holds nearly every
statistical record in Pacers history.
Peja Stojakovic contributed 25 points and seven rebounds and rookie Danny
Granger netted 16 in the loss to Phoenix for the Pacers, who have lost four of
their last five games overall.
Indiana is just 13-22 as the visitor this season. It will visit the Chicago
Bulls on Tuesday at the United Center.
Milwaukee had its two-game winning streak stopped on Friday against the
Michael Redd had 37 points in a 112-105 loss at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Charlie Bell added 16 points and Maurice Williams ended with 15 points and
eight assists for Milwaukee.
The Bucks, who are 4-3 in their last seven games overall, have won five
straight at home and own a 22-14 mark at the Bradley Center in 2005-06.