Milwaukee – Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis each posted 16 points and the Milwaukee Bucks dominated the Indiana Pacers, 99-85, at BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Samuel Dalembert had 14 points and six rebounds while Tobias Harris added 11 points for the Bucks, who have won three of their last four games.
Tyler Hansbrough had 17 points and five rebounds for the Pacers, who have dropped five of their past six games. Gerald Green scored 13 points and added six rebounds in the setback.
Milwaukee led this game from start to finish as the team scored the first seven points, capped on a pair of Dalembert free throws.
The Bucks later went on a 13-1 run in the frame and took a 33-17 lead into the second quarter.
Indiana couldn’t cut into the deficit in the second quarter as Milwaukee used a 12-3 run to create more space and took a 60-34 advantage into the halftime break.
Milwaukee scored the first six points of the third quarter to take its largest lead of the game at 66-34 and continued to have a comfortable margin throughout the frame.
It was an 82-53 game heading into the fourth and while Indiana cut into the lead, it didn’t get within 14 points until the last shot of the game.
Game Notes: Milwaukee hosts New Orleans on Saturday … Indiana hosts Dallas on Friday … The Bucks snapped a five-game losing streak to the Pacers … Paul George posted 12 points in the loss for Indiana.
Head Coach Frank Vogel
(On tonight’s game…)
“We’re out of sync. We have a number of guys who are in slumps and we will get out of it. We have high-character people, hard-working people, dedicated people, intelligent people. We will adjust. We will make the adjustments and we will get out of it. Right now it’s a struggle.”
(On adjusting without Danny Granger…)
“I don’t think they’re thinking about Danny Granger at all. I think they’re just thinking about trying to win games. They’re finding it harder without Danny. Danny’s just one of our problems. We’ve got a number of guys who are not playing up to their potential and they will. They’re good players, intelligent players, hard-working players, and they’re going to adjust.”
(On falling behind …)
“You come out in in the third quarter when you’re down plus-20, and you try to get it under 15, under 10. Towards the end of the third quarter if you see it’s still around 30, then obviously you try some different things. You see if you can change the game somehow.”
Center Roy Hibbert
(On the Buck’s quick start…)
“They’re [Milwaukee] night and day from last season. They seem like they are clicking right now. They have some big guys that are playing pretty well down there, but their guards Monta [Ellis] and Brandon [Jennings] are really picking it up. They have a good team this year.”
(On the lack of offense…)
“We are not in a flow right now. Defensively we are pretty good but offensively it is a struggle right now. We are working for every single bucket that we are getting. Something has to give. We need to get this thing [the offense] going.”
Forward David West
(On Danny Granger being out…)
“He’s the centerpiece to this offense. To kind of lose him right now where we are we thought that we could just fill in without him. It is taking us a while to adjust to him not being here but that’s not a reason to not go out and compete. We need to be able to make things happen for us.”
(On Roy Hibbert’s production…)
“You know, I don’t know about it right now. Everybody has got to own some of this, it’s not totally on him. We need to do a better job of getting him [Hibbert] some easy looks early to get him going. He shouldn’t have to work as hard as he works, if you look at the other big guys in the league you can see that they are able to get some things early, that’s what we need to do with Roy [Hibbert]. ”