Final Score: Indiana 95, Milwaukee 80
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Roy Hibbert poured in 20 points to go with
15 rebounds and five blocked shots as the Indiana Pacers cruised past the
Milwaukee Bucks, 95-80, on Saturday.
George Hill added 14 points, eight rebounds and four assists while Lance
Stephenson and David West scored 10 points apiece for the Pacers, who improved
to 12-3 at home this season.
"We knew this was going to be a must-win situation for us," said West. "We're
fighting to stay even with these guys in the season series and stay ahead of
them in the standings."
Monta Ellis scored a game-high 21 points and Brandon Jennings added 12 points
and five assists for the Bucks, who have dropped four straight.
"We've got some issues, especially the last four losses in a row," said Bucks
coach Scott Skiles. "We couldn't make key stops at crucial times and our
rebounding was a little suspect."
The game was tied, 21-21, after the first 12 minutes, but Indiana was able to
take a 45-40 lead with just over four minute remaining in the first half.
Ellis, though, scored the next five points to knot it at 45-45 just over a
Gerald Green's triple sparked a 7-2 push for the Pacers, who led 52-47 at the
The Bucks took a 53-52 lead early in the third, but an 8-0 run put Indiana
ahead 60-53 a bit later. Hill's reverse layup near the midway point of the
frame sparked a 15-7 surge to put Indiana up 77-64 entering the final period.
The lead grew as large as 20 in the fourth to give the Pacers their 10th
win in their last 13 tries.
Indiana outscored Milwaukee, 64-26, in the paint ... Hibbert posted a career-
high with 11 offensive rebounds ... Larry Sanders had 12 points and 12
rebounds for the Bucks.
01/06 00:19:56 ET
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