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11/15/2012 12:14 AM EST
Jennings, Ellis lead Bucks past Pacers, 99-85
MILWAUKEE 99, INDIANA 85

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Bucks got off to a fast start and
beat the Indiana Pacers for the first time in nearly two years.



Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis scored 16 points each to help
Bucks cruise to a 99-85 victory over the struggling Pacers on
Wednesday night. Milwaukee had lost five straight against
Indiana - including all three meetings last season - since
beating the Pacers on Dec. 8, 2010.



The Bucks scored the first seven points of the game and led
throughout. The lead was as high as 27 in the second quarter and
32 early in the third before they played their reserves
throughout the fourth.



"We realize that as a team we just needed to come in and be the
aggressor from the beginning," said Bucks center Samuel
Dalembert, who scored eight points in the first quarter.



Dalembert, in his first season with the Bucks, finished with 14
points, all in the first half. Beno Udrih had nine points, 10
assists and six rebounds for Milwaukee, which shot 42 percent
from the field and improved to 2-2 at home.



"It was a team effort. We just got going and we didn't look
back," Jennings said.



The feud between the teams, who were involved in a couple of
ugly on-court altercations last season, continued Wednesday
night to an extent when Larry Sanders was called for a flagrant
foul on Tyler Hansbrough in the third quarter. The foul
initially left Hansbrough sprawled on the court but he quickly
jumped to his feet and moved toward the Bucks' forward. The two
were quickly separated and Hansbrough hit one of two technical
free throws.



Both players downplayed the situation after the game.



"That was just a hard foul. I popped back up there, but there
was nothing there," Hansbrough said. "It was a good foul. I do
the same thing sometimes when someone has a clear shot. I am
going to keep fighting even though we were down, I am still
trying to win a ballgame even though it seemed like it was
impossible with the amount of points we were down."



Sanders said he didn't think he deserved to be called for a
flagrant foul.



"Tyler is real physical. It was just a physical play," Sanders
said. "There are no easy baskets down there. I didn't think it
was flagrant."



Hansbrough scored 17 points for the Pacers, while Gerald Green
and Paul George added 12 points apiece. Indiana, which shot 38
percent, lost its fifth straight on the road after a
season-opening win at Toronto.



Milwaukee finished with a season-low six turnovers.



"We played some of our best defense in the first half tonight
and some of our best offense as well," Bucks coach Scott Skiles
said. "We moved the ball well. We didn't let their bigs get
going. Overall, it was a very well played game."



Even so, Skiles was critical of his team's effort late in the
fourth quarter when Indiana sliced into what had been a huge
lead.



"I'm not real happy with the way we finished that game," he
said. "We need to be more professional with the way with
finished that game."



The Pacers' offense has struggled so far this season as the team
adjusts to playing without Danny Granger, its leading scorer of
the past five seasons. Granger is out for about three months
with a patella problem in his left knee.



"We knew the schedule was going to be tough early," Indiana
coach Frank Vogel said. "We knew adjusting to not having Danny
Granger was going to be tough early. We've got to overcome it."



Tobias Harris scored the first five points in the Bucks' opening
spurt. Milwaukee also had a 10-0 run midway through the quarter
and held a 33-17 advantage at the end of the period.



The Bucks led 60-34 lead at halftime on 48 percent shooting.
Indiana, meanwhile, shot just 32 percent in the first half.
Milwaukee's lead was 82-53 heading into the fourth.



NOTES: Indiana's George Hill was whistled for a technical foul
for arguing as time expired in the first quarter. . Former NBA
player, coach and general manager Mike Dunleavy, father of Bucks
G-F Mike Dunleavy Jr., attended the game. . Ellis started
despite being bothered by a right thumb injury he sustained in
Monday's victory over Philadelphia. "It was fairly significant
yesterday, but not as bad today," Bucks coach Scott Skiles said
prior to the game. .Bucks F Drew Gooden was inactive for the
game. He has yet to appear in a contest this season. "We're kind
of at a numbers game right now," Skiles said. "Unless there are
definite injuries, the way we are set up right now, we have to
have a big guy on the inactive list. We can't have a guard on
there because we don't have enough guards."

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