Advertisement

Pacers Coverage

Blog > Kevin's Corner > Pacers Coverage > Pacers Dominate Bucks Behind Balanced Effort

Pacers Dominate Bucks Behind Balanced Effort

The Indiana Pacers (21-19) once again had a stress free fourth quarter on Monday night, cruising to a 109-96 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks (21-18).

Andy Lyons | Getty Images


INDIANAPOLIS – Monday night brought another Pacers’ game, and it was another chance for Victor Oladipo to show his ‘value’ in the MVP-type presence he brings to Indiana’s team.

Oladipo’s numbers weren’t eye-popping on Monday (15 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds), but there’s no denying how the Pacers play when he is on the floor.

Indiana is now 21-14 this year with Oladipo, and 0-5 without him.

Monday’s victory was impressive, with the Pacers beating a Bucks’ team they’ve recently struggled to best.

The 109-96 victory was nowhere near as close as the final score indicated.

Playing at home for a second straight game, the Pacers had 30 assists and shot a blistering 55.7 percent from the field.

Indiana pulled away from Milwaukee early on with a 20-0 run in the first quarter.

A 26-point halftime lead for the Pacers came after a 27-point lead at intermission in Saturday night’s victory over the Bulls.

The Pacers did a stellar job in limiting Bucks’ star Giannis Antetokounmpo (17 points on 3-of-8 shooting), who snapped a streak of 28 straight games with at least 20 points.

Domantas Sabonis led 7 Pacers in double figures with 17 points. In the last 3 games, Sabonis is shooting 73 percent from the floor (27-of-37).

Monday’s victory for the Pacers was key as they try and fight for positioning in a crowded Eastern Conference.

The Bucks (21-18) and Pacers (21-19) have split games against each other over the past week and will play two more times in early March.

“We want to be a playoff team,” Darren Collison said after Monday’s victory. “We have to make our statements against these teams that we are playing. Milwaukee is a very well coached team. They have good players on their team, an All-Star in Giannis (Antetokounmpo) but if we want to make our mark in this league, especially in the Eastern Conference, we have to beat teams like that.”

What’s Next: The Pacers have 2 games left on their 4-game homestand, before heading west for 5 straight: Miami (Wednesday) and Cleveland (Friday).

This summer, the Pacers felt they needed another dynamic scoring guard to go along with Victor Oladipo. So here comes Tyreke Evans.
After 5 games in Las Vegas, let’s take a closer look at what was observed from watching Aaron Holiday, T.J. Leaf and Alize Johnson.
The Pacers have a long line of Most Improved Players of the Year. Victor Oladipo thinks Myles Turner could be next.
There’s more insight into why Lance Stephenson will not be coming back to the Pacers next season.
With the major free agency moves for the Pacers done this summer, team president Kevin Pritchard explains why Indiana operated the way it did in free agency.