3 Positives, 1 negative from Pacers thrilling last-minute win vs. Bucks

The Indiana Pacers took down the Milwaukee Bucks in a thrilling game on Thursday night, so let's take a look at three positives and one negative from the contest.
Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, Bennedict Mathurin, Tyrese Haliburton
Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, Bennedict Mathurin, Tyrese Haliburton / Dylan Buell/GettyImages
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Positive: Scoring barrage continues

If you were wondering before tonight if the Bucks were finally going to be the team to slow down Indiana's scorching-hot offense, you would be wrong. As usual, Indiana did what they have done best this season: Put the ball in the basket.

Against Milwaukee, the Pacers had six players in double figures, marking the sixth time the Pacers have had 6+ players in double-figures. Of these players, three scored over 20 points, with this being the third time this season the Pacers have had three players scoring 20+ points.

Indiana got scoring contributions from everyone, as all 10 players that got playing time contributed on the scoreboard in some way, with Daniel Theis even getting a bucket in his first game of the season amidst trade rumors.

Throughout the season so far, Indiana has prided itself on team basketball, which was very evident against Milwaukee, with the team racking up 27 assists compared to the Bucks' 23. In addition to this, the Pacers also shot better from deep than the Bucks, sinking 20 threes on 42% compared to the Bucks' nine threes on 33.3%.

This checks out with what Indiana has been going for this season, with the Bucks still ranking at the top of the league in points per game, assists per game, and even three-pointers made per game, a shocker for Pacers fans who remember the slow-paced mid-range ball of the Nate McMillan era.

Team ball has been the motto for the Pacers ever since they stepped on the floor on opening night against the Wizards. This 126-point effort against Milwaukee was the seventh time out of nine games where the Pacers scored over 120 points, with the team currently averaging a sensational 126 points per game, a good amount above second-place Atlanta with 121.8 points per game.

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