After wins over NBA powers Cleveland, Boston and Utah, Sunday’s home game against Indiana figured to be an easy one for the Milwaukee Bucks. Unfortunately it never seems to work out that way.
The Bucks pulled out a 98-94 win, but Scott Skiles team said his team didn’t close out well and had to fight off a Pacer 4th quarter rally.
The result still gives the Bucks their 6th straight win and their 12th in the last 13 games. The Bucks (36-29) improved to a season best 7-games over .500. They’re also 14-2 at the Bradley Center since the first of the year.
The bench was highly responsible for keeping the Bucks winning streak alive, led by Jerry Stackhouse who scored 11 points in the first half and 20 for the game.
Indiana’s late run came after they trailed 89-76 in the 4th quarter. The Packers went on a run, getting to within 2-points in the final seconds before the Bucks held off the charge.
Andrew Bogut added 17 points and 12 rebounds as the Bucks won the season series from the Pacers for the first time since the 1981-82 season.
Forward Danny Granger had 29 points to lead the Pacers (21-45) in the loss.