Bucks' Zaza Pachulia (27) shoots against Indiana Pacers'
Solomon Hill (44) during the first half of an NBA basketball
game Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Indianapolis.
The Indiana Pacers outlasted the Milwaukee Bucks.
They might just
do it in the Eastern Conference standings, too.
scored 25 points and Luis Scola had 17 points and 15 rebounds to
help Indiana beat Milwaukee 109-103 in overtime Thursday night.
Since the All-Star break, the Pacers are NBA-best 9-1 and have
pulled within 3 1/2 games of Milwaukee for the sixth seed.
Down by two
points in overtime, the Pacers used a 9-0 run to take a 105-98
sealed the victory with two free throws with 16 seconds left,
stretching the lead to six. Hill and C.J. Miles each finished with
"We took it
as a playoff game. That's the way we wanted to come in,"
Miles said. "It was a big win for us. (Milwaukee's) a team
we're chasing in the standings. We were just able to make some
plays down the stretch."
Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) puts up a shot against
Indiana Pacers' Solomon Hill (44) during the first half of
an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 12, 2015, in
Indiana was on
the verge of closing in the fourth quarter when David West's
jumper with 2:45 left in regulation gave Indiana a five-point
lead. Indiana failed to score again in regulation, and Milwaukee's
Ersan Illyasova had five points in the final 2 minutes to send it
Carter-Williams led the Bucks with 28 points. Illyasova had 19
points and 10 rebounds, and Zaza Pachulia finished with 16 points
and 12 rebounds.
fought tonight on a back-to-back," Bucks coach Jason Kidd
said. "Short-handed, guys stepped up. Everybody gave
everything they had. There's a lot of good stuff on the road
against a team that is playing extremely well."
Indiana never led
in the first half and was down 12 in the first quarter. A strong
third quarter sent the Pacers into the final period with an
eight-point lead. The Pacers biggest lead was 10 points in the
game that had eight lead changes and eight ties.
outscored Milwaukee's reserves 52-10. Along with their effort and
production off the bench, Pacers coach Frank Vogel was pleased
with the offensive production despite 20 turnovers.
Bucks' Michael Carter-Williams (5) steals the basketball
from Indiana Pacers' David West (21) as Ersan Ilyasova (7)
watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game
Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Indianapolis.
are No. 1 in the league in forcing turnovers," Vogel
said." We knew it was going to be a much more challenging
night on the offensive end, in particular taking care of the
basketball, and it was. We've got to be more disciplined. To our
guy's credit, they grinded it out and got a win."
Hibbert missed the game because of an infection in his left elbow,
giving Ian Mahinmi the start. Mahinmi fouled out after a
flagrant-1 was called in overtime. He had eight rebounds and 10
Bucks: The Bucks
are 0-3 on the road in March. Milwaukee is 5-5 this season when
scoring 30 or more points in the first quarter.
added six rebounds and six assists.
Bucks: At Memphis
on Saturday night.
Boston on Saturday night.