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Rapid Recap: Bucks 117, Pacers 89

The Bucks are now 27-2 against the Central Division since the start of last season

NBA: Indiana Pacers at Milwaukee Bucks Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports

We would not get the Malcolm Brogdon revenge game. Instead, the Milwaukee Bucks took care of business vs. the Indiana Pacers, and earned a 117-89 victory.

It wouldn’t be the hottest of starts for the Bucks, as they quickly found themselves down 10-0 to start things out. However, that wouldn’t last, as it wouldn’t be long before Milwaukee came roaring back. At the end of the first quarter, Indiana’s lead had shrunk to just one, 22-21.

Things would remain neck-and-neck for the majority of the second quarter. Whenever it seemed the Bucks had wind in their sails to go on a run, it was always thwarted by the Pacers. In the final minute of action, George Hill would sink a three, giving the Bucks a four point advantage at intermission, 59-54.

Milwaukee would really turn the jets on in the third quarter. Fueled by some Wesley Matthews threes and contributions from George Hill, the Bucks found themselves up by 20+ in the blink of an eye. Indiana would close the quarter out on a high note, embarking on a 11-0 run that included back-to-back-to-back threes. Moving into the fourth, Milwaukee held onto a 83-73 lead.

The Bucks would maintain that double-digit lead and even grow it to a 20+ lead in the fourth. Brook Lopez continued his shot shooting from yesterday in New York and would bury home a couple of threes, giving Milwaukee all the momentum they needed to cross the finish line.

Stat That Stood Out

It was an unusual off-night for Giannis Antetokounmpo (scoring wise), but nonetheless, he flirted with a triple-double. Through three quarters tonight, he only had 11 points — a season low. When the final buzzer sounded, his final stat line read 18 points / 19 rebounds / nine assists. Thankfully, his teammates were able to help backfill the scoring absence. It’s just bonkers to me that he doesn’t have to play his greatest and he still comes a single assist away from a triple-double. Absolutely fascinating.