Ersan Ilyasova scores career-high 34 points in Bucks win over Pacers

Ersan Ilyasova had a career-high 34 points as hosts Milwaukee Bucks held off the Indiana Pacers 111-107 in an NBA thriller on Thursday. Khris Middleton added 17 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo had 16 for the Bucks, who have won two straight after ending a six-game losing streak.

George Hill missed a potential tying three-pointer in the closing seconds for Indiana CJ Miles scored 26 points, Hill added 24 and CJ Watson had 23 for the Pacers.

Ersan Ilyasova had a career-high 34 points as hosts Milwaukee Bucks held off the Indiana Pacers 111-107 in an NBA thriller on Thursday.

Khris Middleton added 17 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo had 16 for the Bucks, who have won two straight after ending a six-game losing streak.

George Hill missed a potential tying three-pointer in the closing seconds for Indiana

J Miles scored 26 points, Hill added 24 and CJ Watson had 23 for the Pacers. They were without forward David West because of an allergic reaction.

Milwaukee jumped on Indiana early and led by double-digits for most of the game until the Pacers began to chip away in the fourth quarter, thanks in large part to a flurry of three-pointers by Hill.

Hill hit three three-pointers in under three minutes, the third of which cut Milwaukee’s lead to two with 5:41 remaining.

But Michael Carter-Williams hit a driving layup and was fouled, hitting the free throw to complete the three-point play. Middleton then hit a three-pointer, putting the Bucks up 100-92.

Indiana came back again, cutting the lead back to three on a three-pointer by Watson and a driving layup by Luis Scola

The Bucks sank four straight free throws and appeared to be on their way to putting the game away, only to have Carter-Williams foul Watson on a three-point attempt. Watson hit two of three free throws to cut the lead to four with 1:31 left.

Miles missed a three-point attempt for Indiana, but officials gave the ball to Indiana on a review of an ensuing out of bounds play. Roy Hibbert then hit a jumper to cut the lead to two with 19.

9 seconds left.

SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN