Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 12/7

Game 1: Tuesday, December 7th
Game 2: Friday, December 10th
Game 3: Tuesday, January 4th
Game 4: Monday, March 28th

Pacers 90

(36-34, 16-20 away)

Bucks 76

(27-43, 20-14 home)

    Coverage: FSMW

    7:00 PM ET, March 28, 2005

    BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

    1 2 3 4 T
    IND 27 18 29 1690
    MIL 19 15 16 2676

    Top Performers

    Ind: R. Miller 22 Pts, 2 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Mil: D. Gadzuric 12 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Blk

    Pacers deal Bucks sixth straight loss

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Indiana coach Rick Carlisle knows exactly why the Indiana Pacers are in the playoff chase.

    "The biggest reason we're still in the hunt is because of Reggie Miller," Carlisle said.

    Miller scored 12 of his 22 points in the third quarter to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 90-76 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night.

    "He's really focused in on these last 12, 13 games," Carlisle said. "He wants to go out as a guy who's competing in the playoffs. As a team, we're going to do everything we can do to get him and ourselves one more shot at playing in the first round of the playoffs."

    Miller, who was ejected in the second quarter of a four-point loss Saturday at Chicago, made 5-of-7 3-pointers and sat out the entire fourth quarter as the Pacers held a comfortable lead.

    His night was definitely finished as he gave his shoes to a pair of Indiana fans with about 3 minutes left in the game.

    "I told the guys to approach this like a playoff game because this was a must-win for us," Miller said.

    Indiana is in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, three games in front of ninth place Orlando.

    Michael Redd had 14 points to lead the Bucks, who matched their season-high with a sixth straight loss.

    "There was no life about us," Milwaukee coach Terry Porter said. "Mentally we were fried after we came back from that long West Coast trip. We just didn't have it."

    The victory was only Indiana's second win in Milwaukee over its last 10 games.

    "We've had no luck in here the last two years," Carlisle said. "We haven't really come close to winning a game in Milwaukee. We tried everything. We tried going out a different way before the game. It gets to a point where you try to change your luck a little bit."

    The Pacers blew the game open in the third quarter. Miller had eight of Indiana's first 11 points, including two 3-pointers and a dunk to give the Pacers a 56-39 advantage. After the Bucks scored the next eight points to close to 56-47 with 5:13 left, the Pacers went on an 18-3 run to end the quarter.

    "We executed well, got a couple of easy buckets, which was really important," Carlisle said. "Then we were able to get stops. That gave us a little more life to try to put them away."

    Stephen Jackson had 11 of his 13 points in the first half as Indiana built a 46-34 lead.

    Dan Gadzuric had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks. It was his team-high 15th double-double of the season.

    "We played competitively on the road and we came home and to play like this, it's disappointing," Redd said.

    Game notes

    Miller made his only free-throw attempt to increase his streak to 41 in a row. ... Indiana improved to 21-19 against the East and 2-2 against Milwaukee. ... The Bucks are 21-21 against the East. ... Four of Milwaukee's next five games are at home. ... The Bucks missed 12 of 25 free-throw attempts in the first three quarters.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 90 76
    FGM-FGA 36-81 (.444) 28-70 (.400)
    3PM-3PA 9-24 (.375) 2-7 (.286)
    FTM-FTA 9-11 (.818) 18-33 (.545)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-41 14-41
    Assists 23 15
    Turnovers 13 12
    Steals 7 4
    Blocks 5 4
    Fast Break Points 12 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (0/0) 18 (2/0)
    Largest Lead 26 2

    Top Performers

    Reggie Miller Miller
    Points: 22
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Dan Gadzuric Gadzuric
    Points: 12
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1