NBA Game Summary - Indiana at Milwaukee
(Saturday, February 12th)
Final Score: Indiana 103, Milwaukee 97
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Danny Granger scored 14 of his 30 points in the final quarter, and the Pacers continued their impressive play under interim coach Frank Vogel with a 103-97 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Darren Collison added 22 points for Indiana, which moved to 7-1 since Vogel took over as head coach on January 30. The only loss in that stretch was a five-point defeat at Miami. The Pacers and Heat meet for the rematch in Indianapolis on Tuesday.
Carlos Delfino had 21 points in a reserve role for the Bucks, who have lost three in a row and seven of their last eight games.
The Pacers entered Saturday having lost six straight to the Bucks, but limited Milwaukee to 35.6 percent (16-of-45) shooting in the second half.
Luc Mbah a Moute drained two free throws to give the Bucks a 78-77 edge less than three minutes into the fourth, but Granger then scored seven during Indiana's huge 14-0 run. That included a pair of three-pointers. Collison capped the burst by sinking a hook shot for a 91-78 difference inside four minutes left.
"We went double-digit possessions without getting a basket, I believe it was, maybe even 12 possessions," Bucks coach Scott Skiles said. "You're not going to win too many games doing that; at the same time, we broke down a little bit in transition defense, and they went on a run. We tried to take a couple timeouts, tried to regroup a little bit, but just weren't able to get anything going."
The Bucks were clearly out of gas and never got closer than six the rest of the way.
"Our guys are starting to understand how good they are and they're taking care of their business in the fourth quarter with poise and patience," Vogel said.
Indiana shot 61 percent in the opening quarter, on the way to a 32-29 edge. Roy Hibbert, who ended with 13 points, eight rebounds and six assists, converted a pair of free throws to cap seven straight Indiana points for a 51-46 lead for the visitors with 1:17 left in the half.
Ahead 51-49 at the break, the Pacers pushed their lead to six early in the third until the Wizards rallied and tied the game several times. The Pacers, though, went to the fourth holding a 75-72 lead thanks to Paul George's three- pointer at the buzzer.
George had 11 points..Andrew Bogut had 12 rebounds for the Bucks, who got double figure scoring from Keyon Dooling (13), Earl Boykins (11), Ersan Ilyasova (10) and Brandon Jennings (10)...The Pacers turned the ball over 19 times to just 10 for Milwaukee...Bucks forward Corey Maggette left the game in the first quarter with pain in his lower back.
02/13 02:34:42 ET