Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/12

Game 1: Saturday, November 12th
Game 2: Wednesday, January 11th
Game 3: Wednesday, February 15th
Game 4: Saturday, April 1st

Bucks 88

(18-15, 8-8 away)

Pacers 112

(19-14, 11-4 home)

Coverage: FSMW

7:00 PM ET, January 11, 2006

Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN

1 2 3 4 T
MIL 25 24 17 2288
IND 31 30 20 31112

Top Performers

Mil: D. Gadzuric 17 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

Ind: S. Jackson 24 Pts, 1 Reb, 6 Ast, 3 Stl

Pacers hand Bucks worst loss of season

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Indiana Pacers came back from their West Coast trip looking like a Western Conference team.

The Pacers ditched their grind-it-out style for a quicker pace in a 112-88 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.

Stephen Jackson, who scored 24 points, said the Pacers have enjoyed developing their new style in recent games. The Pacers have won three of their last four games while averaging 102 points per contest.

"We're starting to get a real feel for each other," Jackson said. "We're at our best when we're up-tempo."

It was the Pacers' second-highest output of the season. The Pacers shot 56 percent from the field and handed the Bucks their fourth loss in five games.

The 24-point margin tied Milwaukee's most lopsided loss of the season.

Dan Gadzuric led Milwaukee with 17 points and T.J. Ford added 16. Michael Redd entered the game averaging 25 points, but the Pacers held him to just 13 on 4-of-15 shooting from the field.

The Pacers' new attacking offense caught Redd by surprise.

"A team like that which is known to execute real well in the halfcourt offense, you don't expect them to come out and score 110 points," he said.

Fred Jones has been a key to Indiana's surge. The guard scored 17 points against the Bucks, and has averaged 16 points off the bench in his last seven games.

"Freddie's having a great stretch over the last month," Indiana coach Rick Carlisle said. "We certainly need him to continue. He's energetic and aggressive. When he stays in that mode, he helps us at both ends. He's a really important guy on our team."

Carlisle said he told Jones he is capable of starting before their West Coast trip.

"I met with him before the trip and I looked him in the eye and told him, based on the way he's playing, he deserved to be a starter," Carlisle said, "but I didn't think we could afford to do that because we lose a valuable player off the bench."

Jones provided a key spark early. The Pacers shot 68 percent in the first half, including 6-of-8 3-pointers, to take a 61-49 lead at the break. Jackson, who was 8-for-11 from the field in the game, and Jones each scored 15 points in the first half.

Milwaukee cut Indiana's lead to 68-61 on an Andrew Bogut basket midway through the third quarter, but the Pacers outscored the Bucks 13-5 the rest of the period to take an 81-66 lead heading into the fourth.

"They did a real good job of executing," Redd said. "Against a team like that, you can't afford to get down by a big margin like we did. Yes, we did make some runs at them, but we were just too far behind to make it up."

Sarunas Jasikevicius and Jones each scored 17 points for Indiana and Jermaine O'Neal added 16 points. Jiri Welsch scored 12 points and Bobby Simmons 11 for the Bucks.

^Notes:@ Indiana's Jamaal Tinsley was inactive again with a torn right bicep and lingering soreness in his right elbow. He has missed seven straight games and 14 in total this season due to an assortment of injuries. ... Carlisle and O'Neal got technical fouls less than 30 seconds apart in the first quarter. ... The teams entered the game with identical 18-14 records.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 88 112
FGM-FGA 33-76 (.434) 40-71 (.563)
3PM-3PA 3-14 (.214) 9-18 (.500)
FTM-FTA 19-25 (.760) 23-33 (.697)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-38 9-37
Assists 17 23
Turnovers 16 10
Steals 6 6
Blocks 1 6
Fast Break Points 14 9
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (1/0) 21 (2/0)
Largest Lead 3 24

Top Performers

Dan Gadzuric Gadzuric
Points: 17
Reb: 5
Ast: 1
Stl: 1
Blk: 0
Stephen Jackson Jackson
Points: 24
Reb: 1
Ast: 6
Stl: 3
Blk: 0