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Pacers final score: Pacers put away Bucks 104-77

Indiana improved to 9-0 behind a pair of 20 point nights from Roy Hibbert and Paul George.

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The Indiana Pacers moved to 9-0 with a convincing 104-77 victory over a short-handed Milwaukee Bucks team, but despite leading a majority of the way, the Bucks didn't make things easy. Despite a 15-point advantage halftime advantage for the Pacers, the Bucks used a 9-0 run to open the third quarter before the Pacers responded before putting the stamp down in the fourth quarter for the win. The Pacers held Milwaukee to 34% and were able to stay close behind second chance opportunities from their offensive rebounding advantage.

A strong second half from Paul George, who had 22 points, helped to push the game out of reach, but it was Roy Hibbert who was the star of the game all night for Indiana, landing a 24 point, 10 rebound double double with eight blocks added to his season total. Lance Stephenson was the third Pacer in double figures with 11, but struggled to get things going after a strong first half full of highlight plays. Eleven Indiana players reached the scoreboard with Chris Copeland looking to come out of his slump, dropping six quick points in two minutes of action. O.J. Mayo led the Bucks with 20, but got very little offensive help.