Bucks Hand Pacers Loss in NBA


Published on November 4 2016 6:08 am
Last Updated on November 4 2016 6:09 am
Written by Millie Lange


Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd needed plenty of superlatives to describe Thursday night's victory.

Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker had 27 points each to lead the Bucks past the Indiana Pacers 125-107.

"You could see right off the bat they were ready," Kidd said of the dynamic duo. "They took good shots. They shared the ball. If they had an open shot, they took it. If not, they got off of it. They made good, quick decisions. When you do that, you're going to score a lot of points."

Kidd has turned the offense over to Antetokounmpo, and the 6-foot-11, 222-pound guard has responded. He had nine assists and seven rebounds and his running mate, Parker, made a career-high four 3-pointers and grabbed eight rebounds.

Kidd also got production out of Greg Monroe, who added 16 points, 16 rebounds and six assists, and Tony Snell, the newcomer acquired from the Chicago Bulls for Michael Carter-Williams, had 14 points, including a 3 at the buzzer that gave Milwaukee a 63-57 lead at halftime.

"Everybody was great," Kidd said. "Everybody who participated did their job and stayed in character. It was a great team win against a talented, well-coached team."

Paul George scored 23 points, reserve C.J. Miles added 19, Jeff Teague had 16 and Myles Turner 15, but it wasn't enough as the Pacers slipped to 0-3 on the road.

When Parker hit from in close and then from beyond the arc to open the fourth quarter, it looked like the Bucks would coast to their third win of the season.

Indiana had other ideas and closed with a flurry led by George who hit a 3-pointer with 9:28 to go, cutting the deficit to 95-82. When Turner made two free throws and Thaddeus Young hit a basket, the Bucks' lead was nine.

After a steal by Monta Ellis who dished to George for another basket, the Pacers trailed by seven with 4:11 to play, but that was as close as they got. Snell hit a 3-pointer, Miles Plumlee dunked and Antetokounmpo scored in traffic to push the lead to 14 points and the Bucks regained control of the game.

Thursday, November 3 Scoreboard

Orlando 102, Sacramento 94

Milwaukee 125, Indianapolis 107

Denver 102, Minnesota 99

Cleveland 128, Boston 122

Golden State 122, Oklahoma City 96


Friday, November 4 Schedule (All Times Central)

Atlanta at Washington, 6 p.m.

Miami at Toronto, 6:30 p.m.

Charlotte at Brooklyn, 6:30 p.m.

New York at Chicago, 7 p.m.

Los Angeles at Memphis, 7 p.m.

Phoenix at New Orleans, 7 p.m.

Portland at Dallas, 7:30 p.m.

San Antonio at Utah, 8 p.m.

Golden  State at Los Angeles Lakers, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 5 Schedule (All Times Central)

Minnesota at Oklahoma City, 5 p.m.

Cleveland at Philadelphia, 6 p.m.

Washington at Orlando, 6 p.m.

Denver at Detroit, 6 p.m.

Chicago at Indiana, 6 p.m.

Houston at Atlanta, 6:30 p.m.

Sacramento at Milwaukee, 7 p.m.

Los Angeles at San Antonio, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 6 Schedule (All Times Central)

Utah at New York, 11 a.m.

Portland at Memphis, 2:30 p.m.

Sacramento at Toronto, 5 p.m.

Milwaukee at Dallas, 6 p.m.

Denver at Boston, 6:30 p.m.

Phoenix at Los Angeles Lakers, 8:30 p.m.