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NBA Game Summary - Milwaukee at Indiana



(Thursday, February 27th)

Final Score: Indiana 101, Milwaukee 96

Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - The NBA's best predictably beat the league's worst on Thursday, but it was a lot closer than anticipated.

Roy Hibbert totaled 24 points and 12 rebounds and the Indiana Pacers eked by the Milwaukee Bucks 101-96 on Thursday.

Paul George and Lance Stephenson netted 18 points apiece for Indiana, which has won three in a row -- two against the hapless Bucks -- following a stretch of three losses in a five-game span.

"We're a balanced attack. A different guy will get going every night," Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said.

Brandon Knight and Khris Middleton had 23 and 22 points, respectively, for Milwaukee, which posted just its 11th win of the season on Monday against Philadelphia.

Milwaukee, after trailing by as many as 17 in the first half, actually led 60-54 following a Middleton 3-pointer less than three minutes into the third quarter.

The Bucks, however, went the final five minutes of the third quarter without scoring, and Indiana's subsequent 11-0 run gave the hosts a 73-66 advantage entering the fourth.

Though the lead never changed hands in the final stanza, it was still a close, one-possession game coming down the stretch.

Knight's layup had Milwaukee within 88-85 with under two minutes to go, and Indiana answered with the next six points to seal the outcome. George hit a 13-footer coming out of a timeout, and Hibbert tacked on two free throws and a jumper while being fouled on the next two Indiana possessions.

Even though Hibbert missed the free throw, Indiana held on for the win.

"We're just going to focus on finishing this season strong, knowing that we'll not be in the playoffs, and just try to set a foundation for next year," said Bucks guard O.J. Mayo, who donated 14 points.

The Pacers doubled up the Bucks in the first quarter, 30-15, and were up by a dozen before Middleton and Knight combined on a 12-0 run over the final two minutes of the half.

Middleton scored the first seven points of the surge, and Knight followed with a 3-pointer and a runner just before the buzzer to even things at 50-50.

Game Notes

Indiana improved to 44-13 on the season, while Milwaukee fell to 11-46 ... The Bucks made half of their 24 3-point attempts ... The Pacers have won all three meetings against their Central Division rivals this season ... Indiana's George Hill, who finished with nine points, suffered a bruised left shoulder and is listed as day-to-day.

02/27 23:25:40 ET

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Local
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
 
Final
CHI 103
NYK 97
 
Final
HOU 90
NOP 99
 
2nd
SAC 51
MIL 54
 
1st
GSW 20
OKC 34
 
Final
RICE 72
STTHOMASTX 61
 
Final
UVA 70
CLST 54
Final
LIU 69
FIU 58
 
Final
STET 67
GSOUT 76
 
Final
QUIN 80
LEH 65
 
Final
SFLA 69
SHU 89
Final
RICH 65
SALA 54
Final
CAN 60
USB 59
 
Final
DEL 62
TEMPL 82
Final
WCU 56
WRST 69
 
Final
VERM 56
YALE 57
 
Final
SDKST 75
IDST 72
 
Final
RIDE 62
MRGST 48
 
Final
LATU 79
NICST 54
 
Final
CHAR 75
APP 65
Final
MISS 71
CCAR 68
 
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
 
Final
BRAD 80
EUREK 38
 
Final
PEAY 76
OAKC 52
 
Final
JST 66
SMISS 46
 
Final
SD 55
MNTST 53
 
Final
UAB 70
LSU 79
 
3rd
EVAN 69
OHIO 69
 
Half
CSFU 30
CSDH 17
 
Half
ORST 48
DEP 28
 
Half
PAC 35
NEV 17
 
2nd
USF 49
PORST 22
 
Half
IDAHO 49
WALLA 18
 
1st
UTST 20
CALST 18
 
Final
PIT 1
COL 0
Final
PHI 1
FLA 2
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
CLB 4
WAS 5
Final
MON 1
ANA 2
 
1st
SJS 0
EDM 1
 
1st
LOS 0
STL 1
 
4th
JAC 21
TEN 13