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Bucks' rally, but lose third of last four

Bucks' rally, but lose third of last four

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Hill scores 19, Pacers survive rally, beat Bucks 104-99

Milwaukee Bucks center Greg Monroe

defends as Indiana Pacers forward Jordan Hill looks for a shot during the second half of the Bucks’ 104-99 loss Wednesday in Milwaukee.

MILWAUKEE — Jordan Hill had 19 points and the Indiana Pacers survived a last-minute rally to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks 104-99 on Wednesday night to end a three-game losing streak.

Paul George and Rodney Stuckey added 15 each for Indiana.

Khris Middleton had 23 points to pace the Bucks, who have lost three of four. Giannis Antetokounmpo added 22 and Jabari Parker 18 for Milwaukee.

Greg Monroe scored 11 straight points to start the fourth quarter to bring the Bucks within six. Stuckey came back with 12 straight for the Pacers to push their lead back to double digits.

The Bucks rallied late. Jerryd Bayless was fouled as he made a slashing layup with 16.4 seconds. He made the free throw to cut Indiana’s lead to three. George missed two free throws with 14.9 remaining. After a timeout, Middleton’s 3-point attempt clanked off the rim with 5.9 seconds left.

Solomon Hill hit two free throws to give Indiana a five-point margin and seal the win.

The teams were tied at 22 after a sloppy first quarter, with Milwaukee committing six turnovers. Indiana opened the second quarter on a 14-2 run, before the Bucks fought back to within four. The Pacers held a 49-39 lead at the half. Milwaukee made just one of eight 3-pointers in the half, with Bayless missing all five of his long-range attempts.

Indiana extended its lead to 18 midway through the third with an 11-3 run. The Pacers’ lead grew to 19 before the Bucks went on 12-0 run, which started with three consecutive baskets by Parker, who was coming off a career-high 36-point game against Houston on Monday. Parker capped the run with a dunk.

Indiana led 73-63 after three.


PACERS: G/F C.J. Miles missed his sixth game in a row with a strained left calf. Miles didn’t accompany the team to Milwaukee. ... Indiana will travel to Milwaukee again for an April 13 matchup, the final of the four regular-season meetings between the teams.

BUCKS: PG Michael Carter-Williams missed a second consecutive game with patella tendinitis. Carter-Williams has been unable to practice, coach Jason Kidd said. “Hopefully in the next day or so we can get him back on the (practice) court and see how he’s feeling.” ... Kidd said the Bucks received a call from the league office about the length of time Antetokounmpo had been taking to shoot free throws. “When the league makes that call, you’ve got to make that adjustment or you are going to get embarrassed. He made the adjustment,” Kidd said.


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