February 14, 2019 / 2:49 AM / 6 months ago

Antetokounmpo's triple-double leads Bucks past Pacers

EditorsNote: Fixed day of week to Wednesday; other minor fixes

Feb 13, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Milwaukee Bucks players high five each other before the game against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Giannis Antetokounmpo produced 33 points, 19 rebounds and 11 assists for his fifth triple-double of the season as the Milwaukee Bucks rallied for a 106-97 victory over the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis on Wednesday night.

Malcolm Brogdon scored 17 points and Khris Middleton added 15 as Milwaukee won for the 14th time in its past 16 games. George Hill had 12 points and Ersan Ilyasova tallied 11 for the Bucks, who own the best record (43-14) in the NBA heading into the All-Star break.

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 20 points for the Pacers, who had a six-game winning streak halted. Domantas Sabonis recorded 14 points and nine rebounds, Darren Collison had 14 points and seven assists, Myles Turner scored 11 points and Tyreke Evans had 10.

Milwaukee connected on 44.2 percent of its shots, including 9 of 31 from 3-point range. The Bucks held a 52-43 rebounding edge.

The Pacers made 41.6 percent of their shots and were 10 of 27 from long range.

Milwaukee recovered from a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit en route to posting its seventh straight road win.

Thaddeus Young hit a 3-pointer to give the Pacers a 95-93 lead with 4:42 left. Antetokounmpo hit a tying jumper with 3:51 remaining, and the Bucks moved ahead at 97-95 when Antetokounmpo recorded his 10th assist by feeding a wide-open Ilyasova for a layup with 2:36 left.

Middleton followed with a 3-pointer and Antetokounmpo hit four straight free throws to make it 104-95 with 54.6 seconds left as Milwaukee closed it out.

The Pacers led 79-76 entering the fourth quarter before scoring the initial seven points of the final stanza. Evans knocked down a 3-pointer to make it 86-76 with 9:37 remaining.

Milwaukee responded with a 9-2 push, with Middleton scoring the final five to trim Indiana’s lead to 88-85 with 7:23 left.

The Bucks took a 91-90 lead on Brogdon’s basket with 5:56 remaining.

Indiana trailed 55-47 at halftime before opening the third quarter with a 12-3 burst to take a one-point lead.

Later in the quarter, Wesley Matthews and Bogdanovic buried back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Pacers a 69-63 lead with 4:32 remaining.

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Antetokounmpo had 15 points, nine rebounds and six assists in the first half.

Antetokounmpo scored 13 first-quarter points — half his club’s total — as Milwaukee held a 26-18 advantage.

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