In a rematch of Ballgate, the Milwaukee Bucks fell to the Indiana Pacers, 122-113.
Think the Bucks were ecstatic to start this one off? It definitely showed as things opened up. Scoring from multiple starters gave Milwaukee the gas it needed to quickly open up a double-digit lead. Giannis’ ten points fueled the Bucks to a 32-25 advantage after a quarter of play.
Indiana would come back to take the lead midway through the second quarter, but Milwaukee didn’t let things get out of control. They quickly re-gained their composure enough to snatch the lead right back, taking a 62-56 lead into the locker room.
The third quarter would be pretty even, as Indiana outscored Milwaukee by just a hair. Tyrese Haliburton turned up his scoring a tad in the period, helping the Pacers slice into the Bucks’ lead. Going into the final quarter of regulation, Milwaukee held to a slim 88-84 lead.
Things would remain close all throughout the quarter. However, a scoring drought plagued Milwaukee in the final stretches of the fourth, and Indiana took full advantage. Haliburton began to string buckets together, keeping Indiana’s lead comfortable and ultimately safe. When the dust finally settled, Indiana left with a 122-113 victory.
Stat That Stood Out
This came across my timeline midway through the game:
Bucks' opponents in the past month have looked like deer in the headlights when they were wide open from the 3-pt line, because they shot just 26.9%!!— Daniel Bratulić (@daniel_bratulic) January 1, 2024
The Lakers managed to remain 7th in Def rating in December despite opponents shooting lights out vs them pic.twitter.com/iaaFMvSfRv
The Pacers would end up shooting just 5-of-35 from the perimeter on the night. Despite that poor metric, they were still able to take advantage of other areas in the box score and make things up. Tyrese Haliburton and TJ McConnell were huge for the Pacers down the stretch, scoring whenever Indiana needed a basket, as Haliburton’s 26 points led the way.