Pacers 104, Bucks 77

INDIANAPOLIS -- Center Roy Hibbert had 24 points, 10 rebounds and eight blocks and helped the Indiana Pacers remain unbeaten with a 104-77 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night.

Paul George hit a 3-pointer with 4:15 remaining to score his 20th point. The forward, who finished with 22 points, has scored at least 20 in each game this season.

Guard Lance Stephenson scored 11 points for the Pacers (9-0), who improved on their franchise-best start heading into a game at rival Chicago on Saturday night.

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Guard O.J. Mayo scored 20 points and forward Khris Middleton and guard Gary Neal each added 11 for the Bucks (2-6), who lost their fourth straight.

The Pacers, who entered the game leading the league in scoring defense and field-goal percentage defense, held the Bucks to 34 percent shooting and a season-low point total.

The Pacers scored 100 or more points for the first time this season. They got there when forward Chris Copeland hit a 3-pointer with 54.2 seconds remaining. The Pacers shot better than 50 percent for just the second time this season.

George and Hibbert sat out to start the second quarter and returned with the Pacers up 41-32 with 3:51 remaining. With their two stars back, the Pacers closed the half on an 11-5 surge to stretch their lead to 52-37 at the break. Guard George Hill closed the first-half scoring with a layup with one second remaining. Hibbert had 14 points, seven rebounds and five blocks in the first half.


The Bucks scored the first nine points of the second half to make it a game again. George scored six quick points to push Indiana's lead back to 59-48.

After two mid-range jumpers by George, Hibbert scored and was fouled. He converted the 3-point play to increase Indiana's lead to 71-55 late in the third quarter.

Hill hit a fadeaway baseline jumper with 2.9 seconds left in the third quarter to help Indiana take a 75-61 lead at the end of the period. George scored 10 points on 5-for-7 shooting in the third quarter.

The Bucks cut Indiana's lead to 79-68 early in the fourth quarter. Indiana brought George back into the game, and the Pacers immediately got a boost. Forward Solomon Hill was fouled by Neal in the open court. It was called a clear-path foul, meaning two free throws and the ball. Hill made both free throws to push Indiana's lead back to 85-68.

NOTES: Bucks G Brandon Knight missed the game with a sore hamstring. F Caron Butler (left shoulder sprain), F Ersan Ilyasova (sore right ankle), G/F Carlos Delfino (right foot surgery) and C Larry Sanders (right thumb) also sat out. ... Pacers F Danny Granger sat out again with a strained left calf. He has not played this season. ... Pacers F Paul George entered the game sixth in the NBA with 24.9 points per game. ... Pacers C Roy Hibbert entered the day as the league leader with 4.38 blocks per game. Hibbert had four blocks in the first quarter against Milwaukee. ... The Pacers held the Bucks to 33 percent shooting in the first quarter and led 31-21 at the end of the period.