Finally getting a win, the Indiana Pacers head into the All-Star Break on a positive note, topping the Milwaukee Bucks at home. The Pacers led for all but 15 seconds in this game, a tremendous first half granting them a 23-point halftime lead. Despite never trailing in the second half, it didn’t come without its struggles after Milwaukee outscored Indiana 26-14 in the third and cut the lead to within four with eight minutes remaining.
The Pacers responded with a purpose, scoring the next 10 and using that to hold on for the seven point victory. T.J. Warren and Jeremy Lamb each hit threes in that run and Malcolm Brogdon scored four more, including the two assists to Lamb and Warren. Warren finished with 35 points on 16-19 shooting to lead the Pacers, scoring 13 in the fourth quarter.
Brogdon had 17 points and 13 assists, his best game since returning home from the West Coast trip and Myles Turner was an anchor on both ends all night, scoring 14 points with 10 rebounds and two blocks, leading the Pacers in rebounding and three pointers made. He shared the latter honor with Lamb, who had 13 points to lead the second unit.
Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis each scored double figures with 13 and 15 respectively, but got there in different ways. Sabonis struggled shooting tonight, going 4-15, but led the Pacers at the line, going 7-10. Oladipo was much more selective with his shots, shooting a season low seven times, making five.
The Pacers hit the All-Star Break with focus turning to Sabonis, who will participate in the Skills Challenge on Saturday and then the All-Star Game on Sunday. The Pacers will be back in action next Friday when they hit the road for two games, starting with a rematch against the New York Knicks.