Pacers Find Important Road Victory In Milwaukee
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INDIANAPOLIS – In one of their lower points of the 2017-18 season, the Indiana Pacers got back to their winning ways on Friday night.
A critical road victory in Milwaukee came after the Pacers had dropped two straight on the road, to two of the NBA’s worst teams.
Friday’s victory over the Bucks (33-29) clinched the head-to-head tiebreaker for the Pacers (35-27), which could be very important in a jumbled Eastern Conference.
“From the arena, to the players, to the refs, it definitely felt like a playoff atmosphere,” Victor Oladipo said after Indiana won its 14th road game of the season.
“It was a great win for us.”
Indiana did a much better job protecting the basketball on Friday and used a strong third quarter to push past the Bucks.
Oladipo led a balanced scoring effort with 21 points (9-of-19 shooting), while adding 7 rebounds and 6 assists.
The Pacers had just 13 turnovers after committing 24 in Wednesday’s loss to the Hawks.
Down by 1 point at halftime, Indiana outscored Milwaukee 33-21 in the third quarter.
The Bucks tried to make things interesting after falling behind 17 points midway through the final quarter, but Indiana staved off any potential comeback.
Indiana’s 14th road win of the season has already eclipsed their entire win total away from home last season.
“It was a grind-out game right from the start,” Pacers head coach Nate McMillan said after. “It was a physical game, and I thought our guys did a great job of handling that pressure.”
With 20 games to go in the regular season, Indiana is currently in the 5th spot in the Eastern Conference. They are 6 games clear of the 9th position.
What’s Next: The Pacers (35-27) have 1 more game left on this 4-game road stand. They will play in Washington on Sunday, before returning home on Monday to play Milwaukee.