Roy Hibbert scored 24 points and added 12 rebounds, his 14th double-double of the season, to lead the Indiana Pacers to a close victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, 101-96. The Pacers shot lights out in this game, finishing 38-74 (51.4%). This is the third straight victory for Indiana (44-13).
Hibbert finished 10-16 and went 4-5 from the free throw line, in a quality performance offensively. Other top performers for Indiana were Paul George with 18 points and 8 rebounds, and Lance Stephenson with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Despite the loss, Brandon Knight put up 23 points for Milwaukee on 10-20 shooting, including 3-7 from behind the arc.
The Pacers combined hot shooting (eFG% of 55.4%) with high-quality work on the offensive backboards (OR% of 32.4%). They are undefeated (3-0) on the season when exceeding 55% and 30%, respectively, in those metrics. The Bucks, however, are winless (0-6) when giving up those numbers to their opponents.
Milwaukee (11-46) has now dropped three in a row versus Indiana.
Coming up next, the Pacers battle the Boston Celtics, who are 20-39 on the year. The Bucks match up against the Brooklyn Nets, currently 26-29 this season. The Pacers won their last two meetings with Boston. The Bucks have fallen to Brooklyn the last two times they have met.