Pacers top BucksMar 25, 2012 - 6:22 AM Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - George Hill scored a game-high 24 points to go along with five assists as the Indiana Pacers downed the Milwaukee Bucks, 125-104, in the final tilt of a back-to-back-to-back stretch for each team.
Roy Hibbert added 16 points and nine rebounds, while Danny Granger and David West netted 15 points apiece for the Pacers, who earned their third win in four games.
"He comes in and just has the ability to get red hot and make plays," Hibbert said about Hill. "He gave us a huge lift."
Ersan Ilyasova paced the Bucks with 22 points and eight boards. Carlos Delfino had 13 points, Brandon Jennings finished with 12 and Monta Ellis contributed 11 in Milwaukee's second loss in three games.
Indiana held a 29-26 lead entering the second quarter after a back-and-forth first that saw 13 lead changes, two ties and neither team take a lead larger than five points.
After the Pacers had a pair of three-point leads erased by Mike Dunleavy three-pointers early in the second quarter, Dahntay Jones connected on a triple to spark a brief 6-0 spurt by Indiana to take a 40-34 lead with 8:03 left in the half.
Milwaukee responded with an 11-4 run to take a 45-44 advantage on Jennings' fastbreak dunk after stealing the ball from Hill, but that would be the last time the Bucks would have the lead in the contest as the Pacers closed out the second with a 13-3 push to take a 57-48 lead into the break.
The Bucks stayed within striking distance over the first four-plus minutes of the third quarter, but after a Luc Mbah a Moute layup brought Milwaukee within six points for the second time in the quarter, 67-61, Indiana pulled away with a 25-10 run that stretched its lead up to 92-71 on Hill's trey within the final minute of the third.
The Pacers carried a 92-76 advantage into the fourth quarter and held at least a 16-point lead over the final 12 minutes as they cruised to the win.
"They really put it on us good. We just couldn't stop them," said Dunleavy. "It got ugly. It was a bad loss."
Indiana shot 51.2 percent from the floor in the game, including a 7-for-12 performance from three-point range...Milwaukee shot 44 percent in the game and connected on 10-of-21 shots from beyond the arc...The Pacers held a 49-37 advantage on the glass and held a 46-44 edge in points in the paint...Each team had 12 turnovers.
- INDIANA: 125
Mar 24 10:51 PM
- INDIANA: 92
End of 3rd
Mar 24 10:17 PM
- INDIANA: 57
Mar 24 9:33 PM
- INDIANA: 29
End of 1st
Mar 24 9:03 PM
- INDIANA: 0
1st Quarter - 12:00
Mar 24 8:42 PM
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