NBA Game Summary - Milwaukee at Indiana
(Sunday, March 2nd)
Final Score: Indiana 128, Milwaukee 106
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Mike Dunleavy scored a career-high 36 points for the third time this season, as the Indiana Pacers rolled over the Milwaukee Bucks, 128-106, at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Danny Granger finished with 27 points and nine rebounds for the Pacers, who set a season-high in points scored. Travis Diener scored 15 and had six assists, and Troy Murphy and Kareem Rush each had 13 points for Indiana, which won its second in a row.
Dunleavy also scored 36 on Dec. 17 against the New York Knicks, and most recently on Friday at Toronto.
"Mike is a hell of a scorer," Pacers head coach Jim O'Brien said. "He gets on a roll and we try running him off as many pack and rolls as we can."
Michael Redd had 28 points, and Mo Williams scored 15 with nine rebounds for Milwaukee, which lost its third straight. Desmond Mason also contributed 15, and Andrew Bogut had 13 points and nine boards for the Bucks.
Additionally, Bucks forward Yi Jianlian injured his ankle, left with 10:44 remaining in the game, and didn't return. He scored four points.
After the teams played to a 29-29 tie in the first quarter, Indiana surged ahead with a 13-5 run to start the second. Dunleavy had five points, and Diener capped it with three free throws to put the Pacers up 42-34, less than three minutes into the stanza.
However, the Bucks came back with a nine-point run, ending on a Redd jumper with 6:29 left. It put Milwaukee on top 43-42, and the teams went back-and- forth for a few minutes.
But after Bobby Simmons made a jumper to bring the Bucks within four, the Pacers went on a 15-5 run in the final 3:49 of the half.
The surge featured back-to-back dunks from David Harrison, seven more points from Dunleavy, and a Rush jumper finished it to give Indiana a 64-50 halftime lead.
The Pacers maintained their margin in a high-scoring third quarter, and took a 97-85 advantage into the fourth.
"We talked about trying to change things up at halftime, but Indiana kept putting it in the hole," Redd said. "They really hurt us with their pick and rolls and especially making us mix up our switches on hand-offs."
A 15-3 Pacers run to start the final stanza helped put the game away, as Indiana relied exclusively on three-pointers and foul shots. Rush, Dunleavy, and Granger each drained a three, and Granger made four free throws.
Granger's second pair from the line gave Indiana a 112-88 lead with 7:54 left in the game, and the Bucks never challenged down the stretch.
Indiana guard Ronald "Flip" Murray, who was signed off waivers on Saturday, played just under eight minutes and scored four points...Jeff Foster collected 16 boards for Indiana...The Pacers shot 48.4 percent from the field, and were 11-of-24 from three-point range...The Bucks had 100 attempts from the field, and made 38...Each team had 35 free-throw attempts, with Milwaukee making 23, and Indiana making 29...Indiana has won seven of the last nine meetings...Milwaukee has lost six straight at Indiana.
03/02 22:32:46 ET