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Oladipo scores 21, Pacers hold on to beat Bucks 103-96

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Indiana Pacers can finally smile on their four-game road swing.

Grinding out a 103-96 win over the Milwaukee Bucks erased the bitter taste of back-to-back defeats to 40-loss teams Atlanta and Dallas during the first two stops on the trip.

Victor Oladipo had 21 points to lead the Pacers, who held on after nearly blowing a 17-point lead in the middle of a mistake-laden fourth quarter Friday night.

But any win over a fellow Eastern Conference playoff hopeful can boost a team's confidence, especially on the road.

''From the arena to the players to the (officials), it definitely felt like a playoff atmosphere,'' Oladipo said. ''It was a great win for us.''

With his team trailing by five, Milwaukee's Khris Middleton missed a corner 3-pointer off an inbounds play with 8.9 seconds left. Bojan Bogdanovic hit two foul shots at the other end to seal it and hand the Bucks their fourth straight loss.

The Bucks nearly stormed back from a 93-76 deficit with 6:34 left. Indiana committed four turnovers during a 12-0 Milwaukee run that tightened what looked to be a blowout.

''We had some turnovers late in the game, a little careless with the ball,'' Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. ''You have to value every possession.''

Oladipo hit a runner in the lane with 1:13 left for a 98-92 lead to slow Milwaukee's momentum. He also scored six straight Indiana points during a 14-1 spurt in the third that helped the Pacers build a double-digit edge in the fourth.

''That's where I thought it went wrong, middle to end of the third,'' Bucks coach Joe Prunty said. ''The pick-and-roll was really causing us problems ... and then on the other end of the floor (the ball) wasn't moving as freely.''

Lance Stephenson added 16 points for Indiana, and Bogdanovic had 14 after going 12 of 13 from the foul line.

Middleton led all scorers with 30 points, and Giannis Antetokounmpo added 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks. Milwaukee looked out of sorts at times offensively and alternated near-misses with out-of-control possessions until the near-comeback in the fourth quarter.

''We're not moving the ball side-to-side as much as we need to,'' Middleton said.

TIP-INS

Pacers: After an ugly 24-turnover game in a loss Wednesday at Atlanta, Indiana's 13 turnovers against the Bucks were in line with its season average of 13.4. ... Indiana entered 13-16 on the road, matching last season's win total.

Bucks: Jason Terry made his first start since Jan. 22, 2016, with Houston. The 40-year-old guard blocked three shots for the first time since Dec. 22, 2010, with Dallas against Philadelphia. ... G Tony Snell missed his second straight game with a bruised right thigh. The backcourt is already thin with Malcolm Brogdon (left quad) and Matthew Dellavedova (right ankle) still sidelined.

ON GUARDS

It didn't help Milwaukee that the injury-thinned backcourt also had to deal with foul trouble for starting point guard Eric Bledsoe, who was saddled with two fouls for much of the first quarter and played much of the fourth with five. Bledsoe finished with 15 points on 3-of-11 shooting.

SLOPPY START

A choppy first half ended with the Bucks leading 46-45. The game got off to a testy start after officials called five technical fouls in the last 6:14 of the first quarter, including one each on Stephenson and Milwaukee's Sterling Brown after the players got tangled up under the basket. At one point early in the second quarter, the teams had combined for 15 fouls and 19 field goals.

''Both teams were getting after it from the start. Both teams are playing for the same thing,'' McMillan said.

GIANNIS' NIGHT

Antetokounmpo was 6 of 18 from the floor but went 10 for 12 at the foul line.

''We need him to be aggressive. We need him to do multiple things. If you're shot isn't going down, he knows that he can move the ball,'' Prunty said.

UP NEXT

Pacers: Wrap up the four-game trip Sunday at Washington.

Bucks: Another important game in the Eastern Conference playoff race when they host Philadelphia on Sunday.

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Key Players
V. Oladipo
4 SG
G. Antetokounmpo
34 PF
37.1 Min. Per Game 37.1
27.2 Pts. Per Game 27.2
4.9 Ast. Per Game 4.9
10.2 Reb. Per Game 10.2
48.0 Field Goal % 53.0
47.9 Three Point % 53.3
80.1 Free Throw % 75.7
+ 3 Eric Bledsoe made 3-pt. jump shot 0:00
+ 1 Bojan Bogdanovic made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:04
+ 1 Bojan Bogdanovic made 1st of 2 free throws 0:04
  Personal foul on Khris Middleton 0:04
  Defensive rebound by Thaddeus Young 0:04
  Khris Middleton missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:05
+ 1 Bojan Bogdanovic made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:08
+ 1 Bojan Bogdanovic made 1st of 2 free throws 0:08
  Personal foul on Giannis Antetokounmpo 0:08
+ 2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made dunk 0:10
  Offensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo 0:11
Team Stats
Points 103 96
Field Goals 37-83 (44.6%) 31-81 (38.3%)
3-Pointers 6-16 (37.5%) 9-25 (36.0%)
Free Throws 23-30 (76.7%) 25-32 (78.1%)
Total Rebounds 58 52
Offensive 13 14
Defensive 35 29
Team 10 9
Assists 19 15
Steals 11 8
Blocks 4 13
Turnovers 13 14
Fouls 23 24
Technicals 3 3
21 PTS, 7 REB, 6 AST
24 PTS, 10 REB, 3 AST
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away team logo Pacers 35-27 18273325103
home team logo Bucks 33-29 2125212996
Team Stats
away team logo Pacers 35-27 100.6 PPG 40 RPG 21.1 APG
home team logo Bucks 33-29 101.9 PPG 38.6 RPG 22.0 APG
Key Players
V. Oladipo SG 23.1 PPG 5.2 RPG 4.3 APG 47.7 FG%
K. Middleton SF 20.1 PPG 5.2 RPG 4.0 APG 46.6 FG%
Top Scorers
V. Oladipo SG 21 PTS 7 REB 6 AST
K. Middleton SF 30 PTS 5 REB 2 AST
44.6 FG% 38.3
37.5 3PT FG% 36.0
76.7 FT% 78.1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
V. Oladipo 35 21 7 6 2 1 5 3 9/19 2/6 1/4 0 7 38 -2
B. Bogdanovic 29 14 4 4 0 0 2 1 1/4 0/1 12/13 0 4 24 +6
M. Turner 29 13 9 0 0 2 4 3 4/6 0/0 5/7 3 6 20 +2
C. Joseph 41 12 4 4 3 0 1 3 5/11 2/4 0/0 1 3 26 +5
T. Young 37 10 8 0 4 0 0 1 5/11 0/0 0/0 3 5 22 +5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
V. Oladipo 35 21 7 6 2 1 5 3 9/19 2/6 1/4 0 7 38 -2
B. Bogdanovic 29 14 4 4 0 0 2 1 1/4 0/1 12/13 0 4 24 +6
M. Turner 29 13 9 0 0 2 4 3 4/6 0/0 5/7 3 6 20 +2
C. Joseph 41 12 4 4 3 0 1 3 5/11 2/4 0/0 1 3 26 +5
T. Young 37 10 8 0 4 0 0 1 5/11 0/0 0/0 3 5 22 +5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Stephenson 25 16 3 3 2 0 1 4 7/17 1/3 1/2 1 2 26 +6
J. Young 5 7 1 0 0 0 0 1 2/3 1/1 2/2 1 0 8 +2
D. Sabonis 19 6 9 2 0 1 0 6 3/8 0/0 0/0 3 6 20 +2
G. Robinson III 11 4 2 0 0 0 0 1 1/4 0/1 2/2 1 1 6 +6
T. Leaf 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 +3
D. Collison - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. McKinney-Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Sumner - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Poythress - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Anigbogu - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Moore - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Jefferson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 103 48 19 11 4 13 23 37/83 6/16 23/30 13 35 191 +35
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Middleton 40 30 5 2 3 1 6 5 11/21 2/6 6/8 1 4 37 0
G. Antetokounmpo 43 24 10 3 1 3 3 4 6/18 2/4 10/12 2 8 41 -10
E. Bledsoe 34 15 7 6 2 2 3 5 3/11 2/4 7/8 1 6 35 +8
J. Terry 36 6 1 0 1 3 1 3 2/8 2/6 0/0 0 1 10 +4
J. Henson 30 6 10 0 1 2 1 1 3/6 0/0 0/0 5 5 18 +7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Middleton 40 30 5 2 3 1 6 5 11/21 2/6 6/8 1 4 37 0
G. Antetokounmpo 43 24 10 3 1 3 3 4 6/18 2/4 10/12 2 8 41 -10
E. Bledsoe 34 15 7 6 2 2 3 5 3/11 2/4 7/8 1 6 35 +8
J. Terry 36 6 1 0 1 3 1 3 2/8 2/6 0/0 0 1 10 +4
J. Henson 30 6 10 0 1 2 1 1 3/6 0/0 0/0 5 5 18 +7
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Parker 25 11 5 3 0 1 0 1 5/12 1/3 0/0 3 2 23 -16
S. Brown 12 3 0 1 0 0 0 4 1/3 0/2 1/2 0 0 5 -14
T. Maker 4 1 3 0 0 1 0 1 0/1 0/0 1/2 2 1 5 -6
T. Zeller 12 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 2 -8
M. Brogdon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Teletovic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Snell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Dellavedova - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
X. Munford - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Plumlee - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Wilson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 96 43 15 8 13 14 24 31/81 9/25 25/32 14 29 176 -35