NBA Game Summary - Milwaukee at Indiana
(Wednesday, February 21st)
Final Score: Indiana 136, Milwaukee 129 (2-OT)
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Jermaine O'Neal had 29 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers over the Milwaukee Bucks, 136-129, in double-overtime at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Danny Granger added 26 points and seven boards and Marquis Daniels tallied 22 points for the Pacers, who had trouble closing the door before finally coming away with their third straight win.
Michael Redd had 38 points for the Bucks, who have dropped six straight. Mo Williams tallied 24 points with 10 assists for Milwaukee, which has also dropped nine of its last 10 outings.
After four full quarters and one overtime couldn't decide it, the Pacers finally pulled away in the second extra session. Indiana scored the first five points of the frame and this time held on for the win. Jamal Tinsley drained a three-pointer just over a minute into action for a 127-122 advantage.
The Bucks later drew within 129-126, but Troy Murphy converted a bucket with under 90 seconds to play to extend the lead back to five points and the Pacers hit their free throws down the stretch for the win.
Indiana had blown a late fourth-quarter lead and a 122-118 cushion with a minute to play in the first OT.
Tinsley ended with 11 points and 11 assists, while Murphy had 19 points and 10 boards for Indiana, which has won all three meetings thus far this season against the Bucks.
"That was a character builder for our club," said O'Neal. "We never looked worried in the huddle. We got the win, that's the most important."
Indiana led for virtually the entire contest, but Milwaukee was always within striking distance. The Bucks drew within 108-107 after a pair of Redd free throws with just over a minute to play. About 30 seconds earlier Redd made it a three-point game by draining a trey.
The Pacers, however, answered behind O'Neal. The All-Star converted a three- point play and Murphy hit a pair of free throws to extend the lead to 113-107.
Then, ahead 114-109, the Pacers fell asleep. Indiana conceded a driving layup to Redd with just over 20 seconds remaining. Charlie Bell then stole the ensuing inbounds pass from the hands of Darrell Armstrong in the left corner and in one motion turned and fired a three-pointer that went in with 20.3 seconds left to tie the game.
Indiana had a chance to win it at the buzzer, but Daniels' putback of an O'Neal miss bounced out and the teams went to overtime.
Bell had 21 points for the Bucks.
"It was an emotional game," said Bucks head coach Terry Stotts. "Sometimes things go your way and some time they don't. We did a good job of fighting through everything and coming back."
Michael Dunleavy had 16 points for the Pacers...Andrew Bogut tallied 19 points for Milwaukee...Indiana held a 52-39 advantage on the boards and hit 44-of-54 free throws compared to 26-of-38 for the Bucks...Milwaukee stayed in the game by hitting 11-of-24 three-pointers...Indiana hit only 4-of-18 from beyond the arc.
02/21 23:59:36 ET