Pacers rally to beat Bucks
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Jermaine O’Neal scored 20 points and pulled
down 12 rebounds as Indiana roared back to edge Milwaukee, 102-100, in the
first of a home-and-home set at the Bradley Center.
Stephen Jackson added 17 points off the bench for the Pacers, who snapped a
three-game skid. Jamaal Tinsley chipped in with 15 points and seven assists
“The guys really hung in there,” said Indiana coach Rick Carlisle. “It was a
tough night, a tough start.”
Michael Redd tallied 21 points for the struggling Bucks, who lost for the
sixth time in seven games. Maurice Williams just missed a triple-double with
19 points, nine boards and 11 assists, while Andrew Bogut had 14 points and 12
rebounds for Milwaukee.
“I think we played well in the first half and we played alright in the second
half,” said Williams. “They just fought it out.”
Down by 15 points at intermission, Indiana put together a solid third quarter
to get back in the game. The Pacers outscored Milwaukee, 32-21, in the stanza
and were down just four, 71-67, heading to the final frame.
Indiana kept chipping away and forged in front during the fourth quarter. With
the game deadlocked at 86, the Pacers took control with a 10-4 burst. Danny
Granger capped the mini-run with a jumper to put Indiana up by six, 96-90,
with just 2:28 left.
Instead of folding, the Bucks had one last gasp in them and drew within a
point, 101-100, with 4.1 ticks left when Williams drained a pair from the
After a timeout, Milwaukee quickly fouled Darrell Armstrong with the clock
showing 2.9. The veteran guard was able to sink just the front-end from the
charity stripe to make it 102-100 game with 2.2 seconds remaining.
The Bucks used another timeout to advance to midcourt and got the ball to
rookie Ersan Ilyasova who made a key mistake. The rookie took a dribble but
instead of getting a shot up at the basket, he kicked the ball out to Bogut.
Time expired before the former number one pick could get a shot off and the
Pacers escaped with the victory.
Milwaukee raced out to a 27-15 lead in the opening 12 minutes thanks to a
stifling defense. The Bucks held the Pacers to just 20 percent shooting in the
Milwaukee then extended its advantage to 15, 50-35, at the break.
The teams will play again on Tuesday at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis…
The Bucks are just 1-3 at home this season…The Pacers have won five of the
last seven meetings in the series…Indiana snapped a two-game skid at the