Given the bad vibes fallout from the Indiana Pacers loss against Atlanta on Sunday, tonight's win against the Milwaukee Bucks was a refreshing detour as the season winds down, but one that has as plenty of potential in terms of shifting the season back in Indiana's direction. News broke earlier in the afternoon that Frank Vogel was going to rest all five of his regular starters despite the team sitting just 0.5 games back of the Miami Heat entering the night.

The Pacers opened with a starting lineup of Donald Sloan, Rasual Butler, Evan Turner, Luis Scola, and Ian Mahinmi, with Scola lifting the Pacers in an offensively fueled first quarter between the two teams, scoring 12 in the opening quarter. Indiana looked very sharp offensively, though competition likely didn't hurt, assisting on nine of their 12 first quarter field goals.

The game sat at 25-25 heading into the second quarter with neither team able to gain any real leverage on the scoreboard. Milwaukee led 33-31 when Turner hit his second of three three pointers to 12-3 run to put Indiana ahead by seven at 43-36. Ramon Sessions and Chris Copeland would swap threes on ensuing plays as Lavoy Allen pushed the Indiana lead to 47-39 with 4:03 remaining.

The Bucks responded with a 9-0 run to take back the lead with Scola closing strong with four in the final minute with Indiana taking a 53-50 lead into the break. For the most part, defense had taken the night off as well, but made a fashionable return for the third quarter as the Pacers jumped ahead 70-61 late in the third, using a 7-0 run while holding Milwaukee scoreless for four minutes.

Milwaukee once again closed the quarter strong, however, Brandon Knight trimming the Pacers lead to five heading into the final quarter. Once there, the Bucks wrapped up their 9-0 run to tie the game, a three pointer in C.J. Watson's return breaking the run and putting Indiana ahead three. More triples from Watson and Copeland would keep Milwaukee at bay before they finally broke through into the lead at 91-90 as the game reached its final four minutes.

The two teams would exchange blows down the stretch, the Pacers leading 101-99 with 17 seconds remaining. Sloan would miss two free throws, but a key Mahinmi rebound would help salvage the possession until Allen went to the line to split his pair. Chris Middleton would draw a three point foul with 4.7 seconds remaining on Mahinmi, and with Milwaukee down three, put in all three free throws to tie the game at 102-102.

Indiana eventually found a late inbounds on the game's final play to Copeland, who after looking for a catch and shoot, drove and with a floater, found the bottom of the net, helping to seal Indiana's 104-102 win with everyone jumping off of the bench in excitement for Copeland's game winner. While this was happening, the Memphis Grizzlies were sealing a second half comeback against Miami, which moved the Pacers back into first place in the Eastern Conference by half a game over the Heat.