MILWAUKEE – Pacers owner Herb Simon met with a handful of local media members in Indianapolis on Wednesday and told them, among other things, “I don’t want to see (a rebuild). And if I don’t want to see it, the fans don’t want to see it. “
Indiana fans might disagree with Simon’s assessment of their feelings, but his current players probably feel the same as Simon. They don’t want to be told they’re not good enough, but within hours of Simon’s reunion, they weren’t – not even against an exhausted Bucks team who were without the reigning MVP. the final Giannis Antetokounmpo and his co-star Khris Milddleton. In a home and away match, it was Milwaukee who won at the Fiserv Forum for a 114-99 victory. Here is what emerges:
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No Giannis, no Khris, no problem
Antetokounmpo, who is vaccinated, entered the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols on Tuesday. He’s one of three currently isolated Bucks players, along with Wesley Matthews and Donte DiVincenzo. Middleton was also held in check as he recovers from a hyperextended left knee.
In total, the Bucks had seven players sidelined for various reasons and it still didn’t matter.
Milwaukee third star Jrue Holiday controlled the game all night. He finished with a high of 26 points and 14 assists to take his shorthanded team to their fifth win in seven games. Holiday scored on league top shot blocker Myles Turner using a nifty reverse layup with just under five minutes to go, which was one of many dazzling plays he made.
“Jrue, as we walked, was never a guy in the back,” said Indiana assistant Lloyd Pierce, who replaces head coach Rick Carlisle after Carlisle tested positive for COVID-19. “He controls the game and handles the game well, and he knew when he needed to score and he knew when he needed to get other guys involved. I think he did a wonderful job doing it (Wednesday ), that’s why he is who is he. “
Technical foul leads to 19-0 run for Bucks
The Pacers were leading 93-92 at 8:12 of the fourth quarter when Kelan Martin’s frustration boiled over. He was called for a foul on Jordan Nwora of Milwaukee, then slapped the ball away from Nwora after the call and was given a technical foul.
Grayson Allen gave the technical free throw and Pat Connaughton buried a 3 in the next play to give Milwaukee a 97-92 lead. From there, the Bucks never looked back as they drove 19-0 (21-0, including a pair of free throws before technique) and took a 20-point lead. Indiana was held scoreless for 7 minutes, 46 seconds and limited to 12 points in the fourth quarter in their second straight loss.
“It was huge. We’ve been in this situation a lot this season where we have techniques at the wrong time, and it really affects the game,” said Malcolm Brogdon, who scored 12 points. “Honestly, that can’t happen, but that’s not the reason we lost this game.
“We didn’t come out ready to play.”
Bobby Portis has his way
The chants were loud and frequent at the Fiserv Forum.
“BOBBY! BOBBY! BOBBY! “The crowd shouted in unison as a nod to Bobby Portis. The veteran forward and fan favorite came out on top at the low post and long distance. He ended the night with 20 points, including two 3s, and had nine rebounds, a team record, Connaughton also added 20 points.
Domantas Sabonis led the Pacers with a team-highs 16 points and 14 rebounds and also had five assists. Caris LeVert is tied for the top of the squad with 16 points, but neither player has scored in the fourth quarter.
“(Our team) have probably had more turnovers (six) than field goals (five), so that’s always a recipe for disaster,” LeVert said of the final frame. “Offensively, we just didn’t perform in the fourth.
Milwaukee 114, Indiana 99
INDIANA (99): LeVert 6-13 2-2 16, Sabonis 6-10 4-4 16, Turner 5-12 2-2 13, Brogdon 4-10 1-2 12, Duarte 4-9 0-0 10, Jackson 1-2 0-0 2, Martin 4-6 0-0 9, Lamb 1-2 0-0 3, Brissett 4-9 0-0 8, Ju. Holiday 2-5 0-0 5, Wanamaker 2- 5 1-1 5. Totals 39-83 10-11 99.
MILWAUKEE (114): Connaughton 7-9 2-2 20, Nwora 7-15 0-0 15, Portis 8-16 2-2 20, Allen 2-13 1-1 6, Jr. Holiday 12-18 1-4 26, Hood 3-5 0-0 8, T. Antetokounmpo 0-3 2-2 2, Mamukelashvili 1-4 0-0 3, Hill 2-5 4-4 9, Smart 2-2 0-0 5. Totals 44-90 12-15 114.
Indiana 33 20 34 12 – 99
Milwaukee 33 25 29 27 – 114
3 Point Goals — Indiana 11-38 (Brogdon 3-6, LeVert 2-5, Duarte 2-7, Lamb 1-2, Martin 1-2, Ju.Holiday 1-3, Turner 1-5, Sabonis 0- 2, Wanamaker 0-2, Brissett 0-4), Milwaukee 14-29 (Connaughton 4-5, Hood 2-2, Portis 2-3, Jr. Holiday 1-2, Mamukelashvili 1-2, Hill 1-3, Nwora 1-5, Allen 1-6). Fouled Out_None. Rebonds_Indiana 45 (Sabonis 14), Milwaukee 38 (Portis 9). Assists_Indiana 24 (Brogdon, Sabonis, Wanamaker 5), Milwaukee 25 (Jr. Holiday 14). Total Fouls_Indiana 16, Milwaukee 11. A_17 341 (17,500)