INDIANAPOLIS — When the Milwaukee Bucks required a steadying presence Friday night at Indiana, Giannis Antetokounmpo gave it — even from the free-toss line.
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The Eastern Gathering Elite player skipper wrapped up with 41 places, 12 bounce back, and six helps and made five of eight free tosses during the last four minutes to assist the Ejects with fighting Indiana’s final part rally for a 141-131 triumph.
“We had a decent beat and had the option to simply hold tight in the last part,” Bucks mentor Mike Budenholzer said. “These street wins are sweet and there were a few genuine positive things, particularly in the principal half.”
Jrue Occasion added 23 focuses and nine helps for Milwaukee, and Khris Middleton added 17 notwithstanding playing only 15 minutes.
Budenholzer even enjoyed Antetokounmpo’s structure on his late free tosses as the Focal Division-driving Bucks won their third in a row, this one before a shockingly well-disposed street swarm.
For the Pacers, it was a recognizable content — slow beginning, profound opening, and late rebound. They’ve won an aanNBA-driving multiple times in the wake of following by twofold digits this season, two times after following by at least 20 places.
This time, however, the 33-point first-half shortfall was excessive. Myles Turner drove the Pacers with 24 places and Pal Hield added 22 as Indiana lost for the 10th time in 10 games.
“The gets we’ve been getting rolling to have been abominable,” T.J. McConnell said in the wake of wrapping up with 19 places and nine helps. “It was the speed. At the point when we get out and run and play with pace, we’re very great. At the point when we can’t get a stop, you see what occurred in the main half.’
Milwaukee took control rapidly with a fair assault and mind-boggling 3-point shooting. The Bucks’ 10th 3 covered a 15-3 rush to close the prior quarter and gave them a 45-30 lead. The charge went on through the second quarter as the edge extended to 85-52 in the half’s last moment.
Yet, Indiana, at last, replied in the second from last quarter, managing it to 114-99, and deliberately drew nearer in the fourth while over and again sending Antetokounmpo to the free-toss line. With 3:27 to go, they were inside 131-124 however the Bucks didn’t allow Indiana to draw any nearer.
Bucks: The 85 first-half focuses were a season-high. Antetokounmpo was playing his third consecutive game since missing five games with a harmed right knee and was 7 of 18 on free tosses. … Stream Lopez had 15 focuses and Pat Connaughton had 14 as the Bucks made 19 3s.