Bucks win at Indiana, 87-81
Road losing streaks come to an end
INDIANAPOLIS — Brandon Knight poured in 23 points and hit a jumper to shut down a late rally and help Milwaukee snap a 16-game road losing streak and a six-game skid against Indiana with an 87-81 win Tuesday night.
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 11 points off the bench and Jerryd Bayless and Jabari Parker added 10 apiece for the Bucks, who had not won on the road since Feb. 27 and hadn’t won at Indiana since Oct. 5, 2010.
Larry Sanders was held scoreless but grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds and blocked three shots.
Chris Copeland scored 19 points to lead the Pacers, who are still without stars Paul George and David West as well as key contributors George Hill and C.J. Watson because of injuries.
Roy Hibbert added 16 points and Solomon Hill contributed a career-high 12 for Indiana, which has lost three straight.
Lavoy Allen’s putback at the end of the third quarter and Copeland’s basket starting the fourth pulled Indiana within 69-63, but Zaza Pachulia scored back-to-back buckets during a 6-0 burst to spread it back out.
Copeland’s 3-pointer with 42 seconds left capped an 8-0 run and pulled the Pacers within 84-81, but Knight answered with a jumper at the other end to quiet the crowd and Indiana came up empty on its next trip.
The Pacers scored the game’s first seven points but couldn’t sustain the momentum, as Milwaukee moved ahead by as many as seven in the first half and took a 43-38 advantage into the break.
Knight hit a pair of 3-pointers to open the third quarter and Parker tacked on two buckets to stretch the margin to 53-38, but Indiana reeled off a 10-0 spurt of its own later in the quarter to get back in it.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Milwaukee scored 28 points off 19 Indiana turnovers while the Pacers managed only four points off the Bucks’ 13 giveaways. … Pacers PG Rodney Stuckey (foot) was limited to 18 minutes and scored nine points on 3-of-11 shooting. … Milwaukee SG O.J. Mayo had nine points, five assists and three of the Bucks’ 12 steals in a reserve role.