INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Rodney Stuckey scored 25 points and Luis Scola had 17 points and 15 rebounds to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 109-103 in overtime Thursday night.
Down by two points in overtime, the Pacers went on a 9-0 run to take a 105-98 lead.
George Hill sealed the victory with two free throws with 16 seconds left in overtime, stretching the lead to six. Hill and C.J. Miles each finished with 17 points, and Stuckey added six rebounds and six assists.
Indiana was on the verge of closing in the fourth quarter when David West’s jumper with 2:45 left in regulation gave Indiana a five-point lead. Indiana failed to score again in regulation, and Milwaukee’s Ersan Illyasova had five points in the final 2 minutes to send it to overtime.
Michael Carter-Williams led the Bucks with 28 points. Illyasova had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and
Zaza Pachulia finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Indiana never led in the first half and was down 12 in the first quarter. A strong third quarter sent the Pacers into the final period with an eight-point lead. The Pacers biggest lead was 10 points in the game that had eight lead changes and eight ties.
The Pacers’ backups outscored Milwaukee’s reserves 52-10.
Indiana’s Roy Hibbert missed the game because of an infection in his left elbow, giving Ian Mahinmi the start. Mahinmi fouled out after a flagrant-1 was called in overtime. He had eight rebounds and 10 points.
Bucks: The Bucks are 0-3 on the road in March. Milwaukee is 5-5 this season when scoring 30 or more points in the first quarter.
Pacers: Indiana is 3 1/2 games behind Milwaukee for the sixth seed in the Eastern Confernce.
Bucks: At Memphis on Saturday night.
Pacers: Host Boston on Saturday night.
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