Indiana Pacers (20-14) 95
Milwaukee Bucks (16-16) 80
This was the type of game that Pacer fans have wanted out of Roy Hibbert. Time to bottle up whatever he did right yesterday night and make sure Hibbert can do this from now on. We’ve all known he’s capable of it, now it’s time to do it each night. He went off for 20 points on 8-16 shooting, which is much better shooting than normal for Hibbert. He also grabbed 11 offensive rebounds on his way to 15 rebounds. That’s the type of rebounding expected from your 7’2″ center who’s got the length to get the ball around the basket. Add in the 4 blocks, and you get a complete game out of Hibbert.
The rest of the Pacers helped out along the way as way in this pivotal victory. George Hill came back from a recent injury and scores 14 points. Lance Stephenson puts up 10 points. David West puts his own 10 points. Paul George was the lone starter who didn’t score double figures, but still gets his own 8 points. Little more production out of George and this came might have been an even bigger victory.
It also helped holding down Brandon Jennings to 12 points. He has torched the Pacers before, so I imagine the defensive sights were set on Jennings. Monta Ellis pours in 21 points, but it wasn’t enough to get the victory for the Bucks.
This victory helps the Pacers move up a half game on the Bulls, and it helps get a victory against the Bucks, who have beaten them twice this season. Now comes the big test of playing the Miami Heat come Tuesday. It’s a home game for the Pacers, so hopefully that home environment and the linger of last year’s playoffs can help will a Pacers victory.