Pacers come back to top Bucks
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Stephen Jackson’s block of Ersan
Ilyasova’s game-tying three-point attempt capped a frantic Indiana comeback in
a 93-88 victory over Milwaukee at Conseco Fieldhouse.
The Pacers scored the game’s final 14 points with Jamaal Tinsley’s running
bank shot giving them an 89-88 edge with 31 seconds left. Michael Redd missed
a jumper on the other end, and Darrell Armstrong drained a pair of free throws
to set up the finish.
“It was a very tough win for us,” said Tinsley. “We never gave up, continued
to believe in each other and competed.”
Jermaine O’Neal tallied a game-high 26 points with 13 rebounds and Tinsley
donated 17 points with nine assists and six rebounds. Danny Granger and
Jackson totaled 10 points apiece for the Pacers, who swept the home-and-home
Indiana also trailed heading to the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game,
eventually pulling off a 102-100 victory.
Redd scored 21 points for the second straight game, while Maurice Williams led
Milwaukee with 22 points and nine assists. Dan Gadzuric notched a double-
double with 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Bucks, who fell for the seventh
time in eight games.
“They got very aggressive down the stretch and we went into a funk,” said
Redd. “We had some calls that didn’t go our way, it was a bad three to four
After a nip-and-tuck first half saw Milwaukee hold a slim 49-48 advantage,
Indiana stormed out of the locker room on a 14-2 run.
O’Neal scored seven of the points and Granger’s mid-range jumper staked the
Pacers to a 62-51 edge with 7:16 left in the stanza.
The Bucks responded with 10 points in a row, with Williams finding Andrew
Bogut in transition for a slam that cut the deficit to one with 4:42
Bogut had 14 points and eight rebounds on the contest.
Milwaukee waited just a minute before streaking off 10 consecutive points
again. Williams’ jumper beat the buzzer to give the Bucks a 71-68 edge as they
ended the period with a 20-6 scoring stretch in all.
Gadzuric’s three-point play with 5:29 on the fourth-quarter clock gave the
Bucks an 82-72 edge, but the lead quickly evaporated.
Milwaukee fell to 2-5 on the road this season, while Indiana improved to 3-2
at home…Indiana committed 20 turnovers, but recovered 13 offensive rebounds
including seven from Al Harrington. The forward had seven points with a
career-high 18 rebounds…The Bucks shot 41.2 percent from the floor and
Indiana made 44.3 percent of its shots.