The Indiana Pacers picked up a much-needed road victory over the Milwaukee Bucks and ended their losing streak.
The Good: The Indiana Pacers ended a 3-game losing skid though for a moment it looked like they were going to make it four in the usual late-game struggling style. The starters did OK, but the bench players featured heavily in the victory.
The Bad: The losing streak is over, but considering the Pacers blew a 99-88 lead with 1:30 left and the Bucks were one possession away from tying things up, things are still a bit rough for Indiana. Credit to Milwaukee for closing the gap, but there were plenty of questionable choices as Indiana rushed things a few times in the game’s final quarter. The Pacers must stop leads from evaporating.
MVP: Rodney Stuckey is back. He’s still showing signs of fatigue (missing 6 weeks will do that) but he found the energy to score 15 points off the bench, 12 of which came in the 4th quarter. Stuckey was a solid 5 of 7 from the field, including 2 of 4 on 3-pointers and 3 of 4 from the free throw line. He only played 19 minutes, but he made every one of them count.
LVP: Chase Budinger, I like your spirit, but this? Don’t do that.
X-Factor: Jordan Hill was the Pacers leading scorer with 19 points on 8 of 12 shooting from the field, and 3 of 4 on free throws. Throw in 7 rebounds and plenty of hustle plays and you have a great night off the bench.
PAUL GEORGEPower Forward, Indiana Pacers
5 of 15 from the field? Not great. 4 of 7 from 3-point range? We can work with that. He had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
MONTA ELLISShooting Guard, Indiana Pacers
Monta Ellis’ had 10 points, but his 6 assists and 4 rebounds were the bigger contributions. He also had a layup in the final minute that the Pacers needed, and he made it after taking plenty of contact, too.
Like most of the other starters, George Hill had a rather average night, but 10 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists aren’t bad either." >
GEORGE HILLPoint Guard, Indiana Pacers
Like most of the other starters, George Hill had a rather average night, but 10 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists aren’t bad either.