Malcolm Brogdon collected 17 points and 13 assists against his former team and Domantas Sabonis had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Pacers, who handed the Bucks their second loss in the last 16 contests.
Brogdon thwarted Milwaukee's charge with a almost flawless fourth-quarter performance, helping the the Pacers hold on for a 118-111 victory while snapping a season-worst six-game losing streak.
The Bucks have the league's best offense, averaging 119.8 points per game while shooting 48.2 percent as a team. T.J. Warren is following with 18.2 points per game.
Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo missed his second straight game Wednesday, just days after his girlfriend gave birth to the couple's first child. "First time being a dad", Bucks point guard Eric Bledsoe said. Domantas Sabonis is leading the Indiana Pacers with an average of 18.3 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game. IN just can't get itself on track right now, as the return of Victor Oladipo has sparked a losing streak instead of providing a spark. "We had guys come in at the end and kept that energy high".
The difference this time: IN steadied itself when the Bucks got within 82-71 at the end of the third quarter and opened the fourth with six straight points before Brogdon became the closer.
Antetokounmpo, who averages team-bests in points (30.0), rebounds (13.5) and assists (5.8), had 26 points in Milwaukee's 102-83 road win against in on November 16 before recording 18 points and 19 boards in a 117-89 victory over the Pacers on December 22.
Milwaukee (46-7) has the NBA's best record and has won all five games missed by its All-Star forward this season. The Pacers now have a 31-23 win-loss record and are ranked 6th in the Eastern Conference standings. The Bucks are without the Greek Freak tonight, but I still like them to be able to grab another win at home. "We'll look at how he's playing, how he's feeling and figure out if we need to adjust his role after the break".
Oladipo went 5 of 7 from the field and 1 of 2 on 3s on Wednesday.
"He's been out more than a year".
Bucks: return from the All-Star break February 20 at Detroit.
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