Giannis Antetokounmpo's Triple-Double Not Enough as Pacers Snap Bucks' Home-Winning Streak

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Giannis Antetokounmpo's Triple-Double Not Enough as Pacers Snap Bucks' Home-Winning Streak

Pacers Halt Bucks’ 15-Game Home Victory Run

The Indiana Pacers delivered a stunning blow to the Milwaukee Bucks, ending their impressive 15-game home-winning streak with a 122-113 comeback victory at Fiserv Forum on Monday night. This defeat marked an arena record streak for the Bucks, who hadn’t lost at home since October 29 against the Atlanta Hawks.

Pacers’ Second Unit Powers Comeback

The Pacers orchestrated an impressive comeback, overcoming two separate 15-point deficits, particularly fueled by their second unit. Ben Mathurin (25), Isaiah Jackson (18), T.J. McConnell (16), and Obi Toppin (11) led the charge, outscoring the Bucks’ bench 70-16. McConnell's impactful performance included nine assists, tying for the second-most in a game this season.

Antetokounmpo Shines, but Pacers' Second Unit Dominates

Giannis Antetokounmpo delivered a stellar triple-double performance with 30 points, 18 rebounds, and 11 assists. However, the Pacers' second unit, with McConnell at the forefront, outplayed the Bucks' bench. Despite solid contributions from Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez, the Bucks couldn't secure the crucial stops needed for victory.

Antetokounmpo’s Dominance Against the Pacers

Giannis Antetokounmpo's sustained dominance against the Indiana Pacers has been a significant storyline. With 38 career triple-doubles and 30 points per game in his last dozen games against the Pacers, Antetokounmpo has consistently posed challenges for his opponents. His performance against the Pacers has included franchise scoring records, triple-doubles, and high-scoring games.

Free-Throw Line Struggles

One key factor in Antetokounmpo's success has been his ability to draw fouls and get to the free-throw line. In previous matchups, he had been to the line 18, 13, and 32 times. The Pacers managed to limit his free-throw attempts to 11 in this game, showcasing their efforts to disrupt his rhythm.

Tyrese Haliburton's Impact

Despite a slow start, Tyrese Haliburton, a rising star for the Pacers, showcased his resilience. With 26 points, 11 assists, and nine rebounds, Haliburton played a pivotal role in the Pacers' comeback. His ability to stay steady, even when facing a 15-point deficit, and his crucial contributions in the fourth quarter proved instrumental in securing the win.

Pacers' Mind Games with Bobby Portis

The Pacers seemed keen on getting under Bobby Portis' skin, continuing the tension from their previous encounter. Portis, who had been ejected in the earlier game, faced physical challenges and a technical foul in this matchup. The Pacers' strategic attempts to disrupt Portis's focus appeared to have some success.

Bucks Honor Late Herb Kohl

Before tip-off, the Bucks paid tribute to former owner and state Senator Herb Kohl, who passed away on December 27. A moment of silence and a video tribute celebrated Kohl's contributions to the team and the city of Milwaukee.

5 Noteworthy Numbers

  1. Giannis Antetokounmpo's three 10-second violations this season.
  2. Pacers entering the penalty with 8:32 left in the first half, capitalizing on free throws.
  3. Bucks' 24 technical fouls this season.
  4. Bucks' historic scoring average of 131.5 points per game in December.
  5. Over/under of 259.5 points, showcasing the teams' offensive prowess.

What Happened Last Time?

In the previous matchup against the Pacers, Giannis Antetokounmpo's extraordinary 64-point performance sparked postgame confrontations. The game ended with tensions high and memorable moments, providing a backdrop for their recent encounter.

Bucks Injury Report

  • Thanasis Antetokounmpo: Available (personal reasons)
  • MarJon Beauchamp: Out (non-COVID illness)
  • Jae Crowder: Out (left adductor surgery)

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Discover the intense clash as the Indiana Pacers halt the Milwaukee Bucks' 15-game home-winning streak. Giannis Antetokounmpo's triple-double and Tyrese Haliburton's resilience take center stage in a game marked by strategic mind games and a tribute to the late Herb Kohl. Explore key numbers and insights from the matchup that left fans on the edge of their seats.

 

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