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Milwaukee at Indiana

Pacers prevail in 2OT, move Bucks to 0-2 since Redd's return

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Pacers are used to overcoming off-court distractions.

Despite the news that Marquis Daniels and Jamaal Tinsley had been charged for their roles in a Feb. 6 bar fight in Indianapolis, the Pacers managed to outlast the Milwaukee Bucks 136-129 in double overtime Wednesday night.

Daniels and Tinsley, who were expected to turn themselves into police on Thursday, both played key roles in the victory. Daniels had 22 points off the bench and Tinsley added 11 points and 11 assists.

"It's about basketball for us," said Pacers forward Jermaine O'Neal, who finished with 29 points and 15 rebounds. "We stand behind our teammates."

Daniels scored 15 points after halftime as Indiana (29-24) won its third straight game after losing three in a row.

"We've got to stay focused as a team," he said, trying to avoid answering any questions about his legal situation. "We just had to stay together, play together and win together."

The news of Tinsley and Daniels being charged earlier in the day was overshadowed by a thrilling game.

"These games with Milwaukee are brutal," Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said. "There was a little too much entertainment for the dollar tonight, but getting a win was big."

Michael Redd, playing his second game after missing 20 consecutive games because of a left patellar tendon strain, had 38 points for Milwaukee (19-36), which trailed by as many as 18 points in the first half.

Mo Williams finished with 24 points and 10 assists, Charlie Bell scored 21 and Andrew Bogut chipped in 19 for the Bucks, losers of their last six games.

"We're right there, it's just a matter of finishing games off," Redd said. "There's no quit in us and we have a lot of heart, but it's frustrating when you lose in double overtime."

After coming back from a five-point deficit late in the fourth quarter, and a four-point hole late in the first overtime, the Bucks couldn't come up with another rally in the second overtime.

"We're struggling with closing out games," Milwaukee coach Terry Stotts said. "It's always one thing or another that prevents us from winning."

With the Bucks trailing 114-109 with 26 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Redd made a layup to cut the deficit to three, and Bell stole the inbounds pass from Darrell Armstrong and hit a 3-pointer to tie it at 114.

The Pacers had a final chance to win the game in regulation, but O'Neal missed a jumper and Daniels' follow attempt was no good at the buzzer.

After the Bucks fell behind 120-116 with 1:35 left in the first overtime, Redd forced a second overtime by scoring the team's final six points and hitting a 3-pointer that tied it at 122 with 19 seconds remaining.

Following a Milwaukee basket that cut Indiana's lead to 131-129 with 43 seconds left in double overtime, the Pacers scored the final five points, including two free throws by Troy Murphy and one by Armstrong to seal the win.

"That was a huge sign for our team, despite doing some things that lost the lead," O'Neal said. "It was a character-builder, and we never looked worried in the huddle."

Notes

  • The Pacers finished 3-3 on their six-game homestand. Indiana plays at Toronto on Friday night.
  • The Pacers are 3-0 against the Bucks this season and 7-2 in the past nine games. Indiana has beaten Milwaukee five straight times at Conseco Fieldhouse.
  • Bucks F Charlie Villanueva missed his third straight game because of a sprained right ankle.
  • In Redd's first game back Tuesday night, he scored 17 points in 29 minutes against Detroit.
  • The Bucks dropped to 1-10 in their last 11 games.
  • The Pacers scored a season-high 136 points.
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Jermaine O'Neal comes up big with 29 points and 15 boards -- and finds time to mingle with fans.  (AP)
Jermaine O'Neal comes up big with 29 points and 15 boards -- and finds time to mingle with fans. (AP)
Scoreboard
Milwaukee (19-36) 2436262887129
Indiana (29-24) «39242922814136
MIL:M. Redd 38 Pts
MIL:E. Ilyasova 8 Reb
MIL:M. Williams 10 Ast
IND:J. O'Neal 29 Pts
IND:J. O'Neal 15 Reb
IND:J. Tinsley 11 Ast
Players of the Game
IndianaMilwaukee

J. O'Neal

M. Redd
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
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Milwaukee
C. Bell, SF457-124-452421
M. Redd, SG4013-286-912338
M. Williams, PG398-187-7610624
A. Bogut, C389-151-561619
B. Skinner, PF220-20-03160
R. Patterson, SF324-85-1043413
E. Ilyasova, SF263-62-28128
J. Reiner, C231-10-05262
E. Boykins, PG221-41-11204
D. Noel, SF30-00-00010
B. Simmons, SFDid Not Play
D. Gadzuric, CDid Not Play
L. Greer, PGDid Not Play
C. Villanueva, PFDid Not Play
D. Markota, PFDid Not Play
Totals 46-9426-38392439129
 48.9%68.4% 
Indiana
D. Granger, SF496-1013-1573626
J. O'Neal, PF459-1611-16152429
J. Tinsley, PG434-142-2411511
T. Murphy, PF376-106-6104419
M. Dunleavy, SF327-142-221216
M. Daniels, SG3510-162-353422
J. Foster, C220-30-06140
D. Armstrong, PG151-42-43215
M. Baston, PF91-24-40106
I. Diogu, PF30-02-20022
O. Greene, PG10-00-00000
D. Harrison, CDid Not Play
K. McLeod, PGDid Not Play
R. Marshall, SFDid Not Play
S. Williams, SFDid Not Play
Totals 44-8944-54522832136
 49.4%81.5% 
Other Games
SA 103 Final
Atl 96
NY 84 Final
Phi 104
Cle 86 Final
Tor 85
Orl 88 Final
Det 110
NO 111 Final
NJ 107
Char 100 Final
Min 95
Mia 102 Final
Hou 112
Bos 108 Final
Pho 118
Mem 115 Final
GS 118
Port 112 Final
LAL 108