Bucks 105, Pacers 100
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MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Ray Allen scored 36 points, including seven 3-pointers, and Sam Cassell added 20 points Wednesday night to lift the Milwaukee Bucks to their fifth straight win, 105-100 over the Indiana Pacers.
It was Milwaukee’s second consecutive victory over Indiana, which fell 106-102 to the Bucks on Tuesday night in Indianapolis.
Milwaukee opened an 87-78 lead on Allens’ 3-pointer with 7:33 left, but the Pacers answered with seven consecutive points, pulling within 87-85 on Jalen Rose’s 3-pointer from the left corner with 6:19 remaining.
Two free throws by Cassell put the Bucks up 100-95 with 28.3 seconds left, but Reggie Miller’s 3-pointer made it 100-98 with 24.6 seconds left.
Milwaukee made five of six free throws in the final 20 seconds to clinch the victory.
Miller had 27 points, Al Harrington 18 and Rose 17 for the Pacers, who lost their fourth straight.
Tim Thomas added 19 points for Milwaukee and Ervin Johnson had a game-high 14 rebounds in 26 minutes.
The Pacers opened the second quarter with a seven-point run to go in front 32-24. Allen scored 13 points, including three 3-pointers, during the rest of the period to help the Bucks to a 53-47 halftime lead.
Notes: Bucks F Glenn Robinson missed his ninth consecutive game with a left thigh bruise. ... Pacers F Jermaine O’Neal did not make the trip due to a hyperextended left knee. ... Reggie Miller’s 3-pointer with 6:09 in the first quarter snapped an 0-for-14 skid for him from 3-point range at the Bradley Center. ... Allen has made a 3-pointer in 39 consecutive games in which he has played. ... the Bucks are 16-3 when scoring at least 100 points.