2016-2017 NBA regular season: playoff’s round Indiana Pacers vs Milwaukee Bucks (games-playoffs) March 10, 2017 at NBATV channel online @NBA 5:00 PM PT full replay, result and recap the full game will be available.
Giannis gets 21, Bucks beat Pacers 99-85 to win 5th straight
MILWAUKEE — John Henson stays ready to play each game, even if he hasn’t had many minutes lately.
Coach Jason Kidd finally called Henson’s number Friday night, and the Milwaukee backup center delivered with important contributions off an injury-thinned bench.
Starters Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton each scored 21 points, getting help from up and down the lineup, and the Bucks won their season-high fifth straight game by beating the Indiana Pacers 99-85 on Friday night.
Henson added eight points, seven rebounds and four blocks for Milwaukee, which clinched the season series against Indiana. They are two of five teams competing for the final three spots in the Eastern Conference playoff race, so the Bucks secured an important tiebreaker over the Pacers.
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Milwaukee is playing some of its best basketball of the season despite losing one of its top young stars in Jabari Parker to a season-ending ACL injury and Michael Beasley, a key reserve, to a hyperextended left knee.
Victories in eight of their past 11 games have put the Bucks in a virtual tie with Miami for ninth place in the East, a half-game behind Chicago and a game back of Detroit.
The Pacers come to Milwaukee looking to build some momentum of their own after trading wins and losses for the last two weeks.
Their next four games come against teams chasing them in the playoff race.
“This is the stride that we really need to blossom,” Paul George told the Indianapolis Star after a 115-98 victory over the Pistons on Wednesday. “We really need to start trending upward, and it’s not going to get any easier. We’re still playing playoff teams, so we’ve got to look at it as a fun battle.”
Both teams were able to rest some of their key players Wednesday night. Milwaukee won while Middleton sat much of the fourth quarter, and George sat out the entire fourth as Indiana cruised to the victory.
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