NBA Game Summary - Milwaukee at Indiana
(Tuesday, December 7th)
Final Score: Milwaukee 89, Indiana 86
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Michael Redd scored 28 points to lead Milwaukee to an 89-86 win over Indiana in the opener of a home-and-home set at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Desmond Mason chipped in 21 points and seven rebounds for the Bucks, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Dan Gadzuric had a game-high 13 rebounds in the win.
Reggie Miller scored 32 points, including 19 in the fourth, for the Pacers, who have dropped five straight contests. Fred Jones and David Harrison both netted 13 points in the loss.
"It's tough. Losing five in a row, where some of those games we had a chance to win," Miller said. "Obviously we're playing shorthanded, but there's enough talent and enough depth on this team to win ballgames."
The Bucks led by seven after three quarters, but Erick Strickland's layup with 10:06 remaining extended the cushion to 66-56. Indiana, though, would not go away and moments later used an 11-2 run to get back into the game. Austin Croshere capped the spurt with a pair of free throws to make it 73-72.
The Pacers tied the game at 75-75 with 3:33 remaining, but Milwaukee quickly scored four straight points, capped by Maurice Williams' jumper, to make it a four-point game.
Miller's bucket with 1 1/2 minutes left again tied the score, this time at 80-80, but Indiana could not grab the lead in the waning time. After two free throws by Mason, Croshere missed a layup at the other end and Redd made the miss costly as he buried a 17-foot jumper to give the Bucks an 84-80 lead with 32.4 seconds left.
A three-pointer by Miller, though, got the Pacers within one, but Redd countered with a trey at the other end to restore the four-point edge with seven seconds left. Jones then kept his club in it as he quickly hit a three- pointer to get Indiana within 87-86, but Redd increased the gap to 89-86 on two free throws with two seconds left
"I crave those moments," said Redd. "That's why I work so hard in the offseason -- for these moments in the last few minutes of games."
Anthony Johnson's last-second three-pointer was off the mark and the game came to an end.
Milwaukee led 21-19 after one quarter and enjoyed a 41-35 lead following a competitive first half. Mason had 16 points and Redd chipped in 11 during the first 24 minutes. Miller led Indiana with 10 points in the first half.
The Pacers trailed by eight early in the third, but used a 7-0 spurt, capped by Croshere's basket, to cut the deficit to 49-48 with 5 1/2 minutes left in the period. Milwaukee, though, responded with eight straight points of its own and widened the margin to nine.
The Bucks eventually led 61-54 after three quarters.
Miller was 11-of-18 from the field...Johnson dished out 13 assists while Croshere grabbed 12 boards...Milwaukee won for the first time on the road this season (1-7)...The Bucks have won five of the last six meetings...Prior to the game, Indiana activated center Jeff Foster from the injured list. Foster, who had missed the first 17 games of the season after preseason hip surgery, scored nine points...The teams will square off again Friday night in Milwaukee.
12/07 23:45:11 ET