Things have gone so well for the Indiana Pacers this season that the toughest question coach Frank Vogel hears these days is why he didn’t leave Roy Hibbert in long enough to get a triple-double Friday night.

Such was the state of things around Bankers Life Fieldhouse, where the Pacers became the first team since the 2002-03 Dallas Mavericks to start a season 9-0 by rolling to a 104-77 victory over the outmanned Milwaukee Bucks before an announced crowd of 16,202 fans.

The 7-2 Hibbert scored a season-high 24 points and added 10 rebounds. He also had eight blocked shots when Vogel removed him from the game with 2:52 remaining. It left some fans disappointed on an otherwise stellar night, but Hibbert was fine with it.

“I look at the bigger picture,” said Hibbert, whose only previous career triple-double was against New Orleans last season. “We have Chicago (tonight). Might as well get a little bit of rest. That’s going to be a big game.

“I’ve seen guys force triple-doubles and that just makes you look selfish. It is what it is. It will happen when it happens.”

Said Vogel: “I probably would have taken him out anyway at that point with a 22-point lead. But knowing that we play (tonight), it was a no-brainer.”

The rebuilding Bucks (2-6) faced a difficult task under the best of circumstances. But they played without several injured players on Friday, including forward Caron Butler (shoulder), center Larry Sanders (thumb), forward Ersan Ilayasova (ankle), guard Brandon Knight (hamstring) and swingman Carlos Delfino (foot). Without them, they were overmatched from the start.

“We know what we’re up against,” coach Larry Drew said before the game.

The absence of Sanders in particular gave Hibbert more freedom to work in the paint. His teammates knew it, too.

“We just made it a point to get him the ball,” Indiana’s David West said. “I thought he was getting good position and he had some good touches around the rim.