Sabonis double-double leads Pacers to win over Bucks
INDIANAPOLIS — Domantas Sabonis had 17 points and 10 rebounds Monday night and three of his teammates each scored 15 to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 109-96 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Indiana has won two straight since a five-game losing streak. Victor Oladipo, Thaddeus Young and Myles Turner all scored 15 points.
The Bucks were led by Khris Middleton with 19 points and Giannis Antetokoumpo with 17.
It was a complete reversal from the Bucks’ 21-point victory over Indiana last week.
This time, the Pacers dominated most of the final 42 minutes by creating turnovers and forcing Milwaukee into bad shots after hitting 18 of their first 25 attempts.
Indiana broke it open by scoring 20 straight points in the first quarter to turn a 15-14 game into a blowout. The Pacers finished the period on a 22-2 spurt to make it 37-16.
Milwaukee never recovered.
The Pacers extended the lead to 48-21 midway through the second quarter before the Bucks finally fought back with a 9-1 run to cut the deficit to 19. Indiana immediately answered with seven straight points and led 64-38 at halftime.
Milwaukee couldn’t get closer than 16 until the final two minutes.
Bucks: Lost for only the second time in six regular-season matchups with Indiana. … Milwaukee tied its season low for first-quarter points, had 13 turnovers in the first 17 minutes and started 7 of 25 from the field. … Antetokoumpo also had seven rebounds and three assists. … John Henson scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds. … Milwaukee’s late comeback attempt allowed the Bucks to extend the NBA’s longest …read more