Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 12/21

Game 1: Monday, December 21st
Game 2: Saturday, February 6th
Game 3: Thursday, February 25th
Game 4: Sunday, March 14th

Pacers 81

(18-33, 6-20 away)

Bucks 93

(23-26, 16-7 home)

    Coverage: FSMW

    8:30 PM ET, February 6, 2010

    BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

    1 2 3 4 T
    IND 21 25 17 1881
    MIL 31 22 17 2393

    Top Performers

    Ind: T. Ford 20 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast

    Mil: L. Mbah a Moute 18 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Bogut returns, scores 21 as Bucks push by Pacers

    Associated Press

    MILWAUKEE -- One night after having to leave the game with a migraine headache, Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut was a pain for the Indiana Pacers.

    Bogut returned to the lineup and had 21 points and eight rebounds, helping the Bucks hold off the Indiana Pacers 93-81 for their fifth win in six games.

    Bogut said he still had a headache Saturday, but was able to play through it. He left the Bucks' game Friday against the New York Knicks in the first quarter after his left side went numb and he "couldn't feel the ball."

    "It is a pretty traumatic thing for me when I go through these migraines," he said. "It was good to have a good start and hit my first three or four shots."

    In the second half, Bogut said he had to fight through fatigue, but still managed to hit two key shots in the fourth quarter as the Pacers fought back from an early 18-point deficit. Overall, he hit 9-of-15 shots.

    "In the second half, my legs were completely gone," he said. "I am going to get some rest tonight and do absolutely nothing tomorrow."

    Bucks coach Scott Skiles thought Bogut showed plenty of energy.

    "He had good life, no question about it," Skiles said.

    Luc Mbah a Moute added season-high 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Bucks, recording his first double-double of the season. For Mbah a Moute, who is known as a defensive specialist, it was a rare offensive outburst.

    "I was just trying to attack the glass and play as hard as I can," he said. "My teammates did a good job of finding me and I was able to hit the shots when I was open."

    Pacers coach Jim O'Brien had high praise for Mbah a Moute.

    "He was terrific," O'Brien said. "He was very active, very live and very quick to the ball -- much quicker than our guys in going to the glass and creating havoc."

    T.J. Ford led the Pacers with a season-high 20 points and Danny Granger added 14. Ford played because the Pacers were without starting point guard Earl Watson, who missed his second straight game due a death in his family.

    For Ford, it was a rare opportunity to get on the court this season after not playing in 18 straight games until the Pacers' Friday night win against Detroit.

    "That's what we get paid to do," Ford said. "Whether you're playing or not, it's always be ready. I'm not trying to make any demands or cause a problem. Of course, I want to play. It's up to the coach and what he feels is best for the team right now. "

    The Pacers got within six in the fourth quarter after Mike Dunleavy hit two free throws with 5:42 remaining.

    But Brandon Jennings answered with a 3-pointer with 5:29 remaining, his first points of the game after missing his first five shots.

    Carlos Delfino saved the ball from going out of bounds after a steal and hit a shot from the corner to give the Bucks an 85-74 lead with 4:57 remaining.

    Pacers rookie guard A.J. Price left the game with 6:26 remaining in the third quarter after he was hit in the face on a drive to the basket. After he was on the court for several minutes, he went straight to the Pacers' locker room and did not return. The Pacers said he had a concussion and would be evaluated by the team's doctor.

    Game notes

    The win was the Bucks' seventh in a row at home. They haven't lost at the Bradley Center since Dec. 26, a 112-97 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. ... Pacers G Luther Head missed his second straight game with a viral infection. Bucks guard Charlie Bell has now hit a 3-pointer in nine consecutive games and 16 of this last 17.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 81 93
    FGM-FGA 32-69 (.464) 34-79 (.430)
    3PM-3PA 6-18 (.333) 9-26 (.346)
    FTM-FTA 11-13 (.846) 16-21 (.762)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 4-33 10-43
    Assists 18 21
    Turnovers 20 12
    Steals 6 11
    Blocks 2 2
    Fast Break Points 12 13
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 3 18

    Top Performers

    T.J. Ford Ford
    Points: 20
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Luc Richard Mbah a Moute Mbah a Moute
    Points: 18
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1