National Basketball Association
Indiana 95, Milwaukee 80
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, January 5, 2013
Pacers 95, Bucks 80:
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
#18 Matt Boland, #54 Nick Buchert, #38 Michael Smith
Roy Hibbert matched his season high with 20 points and grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds as host Indiana moved back into sole possession of first place in the Central Division.
George Hill had 14 points and eight rebounds in his return to the lineup while Lance Stephenson and David West scored 10 apiece as the Pacers won for the 10th time in 13 games and sent Milwaukee to its fourth consecutive defeat.
Monta Ellis scored 21 points and Larry Sanders added 12 and 12 rebounds for Milwaukee, which struggled in the third quarter for the second straight game and lost to Indiana for the first time in three meetings this season.
Hibbert, who also blocked five shots, had 11 offensive boards to help Indiana post a dominating 59-39 advantage on the glass and roll to victory despite shooting 3-of-20 from 3-point range and 12-of-20 from the free-throw line.
The Pacers took control early in the third quarter. West scored six points during a 16-5 burst as Indiana opened a 10-point lead and stretched it to 77-64 after three. The Pacers limited the Bucks to one field goal in more than 6 1/2 minutes to start the fourth to go ahead 86-67.GAME NOTEBOOK:
In addition to his team-high ninth double-double, Sanders blocked four shots, giving him at least one in 19 consecutive games. ... Hill was back in the starting lineup after missing the previous two games with a thigh injury. ... Bucks F Ersan Ilyasova sat out the game due to a right ankle injury.
Top Game Performances
Monta Ellis 21
Roy Hibbert 20
Brandon Jennings 5
Paul George 4
John Henson 13
Roy Hibbert 15
John Henson 4
||Free Throws Made
Roy Hibbert 4
Brandon Jennings 3
D.J. Augustin 2
Larry Sanders 4
Roy Hibbert 5
Team Stats Summary
Indiana will play their next game at home against Miami. The Pacers have a W/L % of .474 after a win and .733 after a loss.
Milwaukee will play their next game at home against Phoenix. The Bucks have a W/L % of .438 after a win and .562 after a loss.