Giannis Antetokounmpo scored an NBA season-high 54 factors, however dedicated two turnovers after Tyrese Haliburton’s go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:29 left, and the Indiana Pacers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 126-124 on Thursday evening.
Haliburton had 29 factors and 10 assists and Bennedict Mathurin added 26 factors and 11 rebounds for the Pacers, who blew an 18-point lead after which needed to rally from 10 down within the fourth quarter.
Antetokounmpo completed one level shy of his profession excessive, however threw away a move with 1:03 left, then was stripped by Mathurin with 30 seconds to go, each with the Bucks trailing 122-121. He was 19-for-25 from the sector, 16-of-18 on free throws and grabbed 12 rebounds, but additionally had eight turnovers.
Myles Turner added 21 factors for the Pacers, who shot 48% from the sector, together with a 20-of-48 efficiency from 3-point vary.
Taking part in with out All-Star Damian Lillard, sidelined by calf soreness, Milwaukee acquired a panoramic efficiency from Antetokounmpo, who was three factors shy of Michael Redd’s franchise document. Khris Middleton, who had 19 factors and made a 3 on the remaining buzzer, missed a 3 that might have tied the sport with 7 seconds left.
With 8.4 seconds to go and Indiana clinging to a one-point lead, Mathurin linked on two free throws to make it 124-121. Bruce Brown, who had 11 factors, 9 rebounds and 7 assists, sealed the win with two foul pictures of his personal within the remaining seconds.
The Pacers roared to an 18-point lead within the first quarter and led 38-24 on the finish of the interval on the power of eight 3-point makes. Milwaukee climbed inside 66-60 at halftime and pulled even at 71 on two free throws from Middleton with 9:32 left within the third.
The Bucks went forward by as many as 10 within the remaining interval and nonetheless led 117-108 with 5 minutes left.
Antetokounmpo scored 26 factors within the first half, together with 18 within the second quarter, after which 20 extra within the third interval. He reached 50 with 10:28 left on a layup assisted by Middleton’s over-the-top move, prompting an Indiana timeout.
First-year Milwaukee coach Adrian Griffin was ejected with 7:52 remaining within the third quarter, the recipient of a double-technical foul instantly following Antetokounmpo’s dunk in visitors. An evening earlier, after Antetokounmpo was ejected in a 120-118 win over Detroit, Griffin had promised to be extra vocal with officers relating to hits on his celebrity.
Milwaukee shot 53% from the ground however made solely 9 of 27 from distance.
Reporting by The Related Press.
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