The Indiana Pacers entered their game with an injury list longer than Giannis’ wingspan, and the final score of 102-83 reflected just that as the Milwaukee Bucks put a beatdown on their divisional opponent. The Bucks started the game by relentlessly attacking the paint against the Pacers, but finished it off with a series of triples as Giannis Antetokounmpo closed the quarter on a trey that made it 26-22. The second featured a more robust offensive attack as the Pacers shooting stuttered en route to a 49-36 advantage at the half. Giannis led with 14 points while the Pacers shot just 30.4%. The Pacers made a late push as the third finished, closing the gap to 71-63 as the fourth started. It turned into a rout quickly as the Bucks starters got a chance to rest by the game’s end.
Guannis led the Bucks, unsurprisingly, in scoring with 26 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists. It was the first rough night for Eric Bledsoe for the first game in awhile, going just 5-14 from the field for 10 points. Donte DiVincenzo bounced back from a rough first start of his career against the Bulls to notch 14 points while Brook Lopez had 15.
Indiana was bereft of many players, but someone needed to score on the team, so Myles Turner tried to lead the charge after being doubtful with 16 points and 11 rebounds alongside 4 blocks. Only Domantas Sabonis, T.J. Warren and Aaron Holiday also hit double digits for the Pacers with 11, 15, and 11 respectively. They shot just 32% overall.
Stat that Stood Out
For the second straight game, the Milwaukee Bucks struggled from deep, going 11-39 (28.2%) while their opponent went 12-34 (35.3%). If the Pacers were off from three, this would’ve been an even greater rout. Meanwhile, the Bucks again dominated from 2-point range shooting 56%.