The Indiana Pacers had to outlast another tough effort from the Milwaukee Bucks in their 101-96 victory, once again playing worse than their record and once again seeing the Bucks play better than theirs. There were a number of parallels between tonight and their 110-100 victory last week in Milwaukee. The Pacers had a superb first quarter, closing out strong up 30-15, going up 17 before the Bucks made their way back into the game.

O.J. Mayo lifted Milwaukee offensively in the second quarter, hitting a trio of three pointers as part of a 19-5 Bucks run that trimmed Indiana's lead to 37-34. The Pacers managed to capitalized on Milwaukee's inability to hit a field goal over the next four and a half minutes, pushing their lead back up to 12 at 50-38 with just under two minutes to go in the half. But the Bucks responded and closed out the second quarter on a 12-0 run thanks to Khris Middleton and Brandon Knight that tied the game at 50-50 at the break.

Coming out the half, Milwaukee hit a three with Knight and Middleton pushing Milwaukee well into the lead at 60-54. For the Pacers, their defensive effort was a mess, all while the Bucks defense made a mess of Indiana's offense. Out of the following timeout, Paul George and Lance Stephenson hit back-to-back threes to tie the game at 60, but fell couldn't push into the lead, falling behind 66-62 with 5:06 in the third quarter.

From there, Indiana's defense began to find some consistency, as they held Milwaukee scoreless through the final five minutes of the third quarter, highlighted by a great defensive possession by Evan Turner to block Mayo and force a jump ball. Indiana ran off an 11-0 run to close the quarter to move up 73-66. The Bucks continued to push in the fourth quarter, trimming Indiana's lead to two multiple times, including at the 4:22 mark, with Indiana leading 83-81.

David West split a pair of free throws that led to a reverse three point play to put Indiana up five, and despite a Knight basket, George Hill would respond to keep the game at five. Knight hit another three pointer and on the ensuing possession, Hill would get caught in a well covered inside-out game with West, leading to Hill turning the ball over falling out of bounds.