Milwaukee Bucks (5-2) 99
Indiana Pacers (3-6) 85
This one was never a contest, folks.
The Indiana Pacers traveled to Milwaukee for the second of back-to-back contests after falling to the Toronto Raptors at home on Tuesday night. In the meantime, they left their heart and hustle back in Indianapolis, despite not showing up versus the Raptors the night before.
Milwaukee jumped out to an early – and impressive – lead in the first period. The lead could be somewhat a result of poor defense by the Pacers, but the Bucks didn’t mind. They took the Pacers to school from the opening tip and never looked back.
The Bucks took advantage of terrible defense by the Indiana Pacers while taking a 33-17 lead at the end of the first quarter. Things got worse in the second. Yeah, you read that right. Milwaukee outscored the Pacers by 10 more points, 27-17, to take a commanding 26-point drubbing of the Pacers into halftime.
Then, Milwaukee still outscored the Indiana Pacers in the third quarter, 22-19. Milwaukee showed off their new-look backcourt duo of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis against the Pacers’ backcourt of George Hill and Lance Stephenson. The Pacers guards could not keep up with Milwaukee, and they were outscored 32-7 for the game. A 25-point advantage for Milwaukee in the backcourt, combined with only one turnover committed, proved to be the difference in a blowout victory at the Bradley Center.
Hill shot 1-10 from the field, Stephenson 1-3 and a third guard/forward, Paul George, went 5-17 and 1-6 from behind the three-point arc. You read that right as well.
This never was a contest. Frank Vogel ought to be making some changes in the coming days in order for the Pacers to rebound from an ugly 3-6 start. Milwaukee jumped to 5-2 on the season, three games ahead of Indiana.