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Pacers end home schedule with win over Bucks

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

By CLIFF BRUNT

AP Sports Writer

INDIANAPOLIS -- Danny Granger scored 35 points, and the Indiana Pacers overcame a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 115-108 on Wednesday night.

Granger scored 16 points in the fourth quarter in his 23rd 30-point game of the season. He also had nine rebounds, four assists and three blocks. Brandon Rush scored 15 of his 24 points in the final period, and Jarrett Jack had eight points and 10 assists for Indiana.

Troy Murphy grabbed 12 rebounds to break Clark Kellogg's team record for most rebounds in a season, set in 1983.

Richard Jefferson led the Bucks with 31 points, Luc Mbah a Moute had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Ramon Sessions had 12 assists for the Bucks.

The Pacers outscored the Bucks 43-20 in the fourth quarter and made seven 3-pointers in the final period. Indiana's outburst came after the Bucks had outscored the Pacers 39-16 in the third quarter.

Milwaukee led 95-80 in the fourth quarter before the Pacers went on an 8-2 run that included 3-pointers by Granger and Rush and forced the Bucks to call a timeout.

The Pacers continued their surge after the break, and another 3-pointer by Granger, his fourth of the quarter, gave Indiana a 103-101 lead with 3 minutes left. Two minutes later, a layup by Josh McRoberts bumped Indiana's lead to 109-103.

Jefferson answered with a 3-pointer, but Rush came back with another 3 to give the Pacers a 112-106 lead with 33 seconds left.

Milwaukee led 35-29 in the second quarter before Indiana went on an 11-0 run to take control. Granger scored 19 points in the first half as the Pacers led 56-49 at the break.

The Bucks opened the second half with a 14-4 run, and a 3-pointer by Jefferson gave them a 63-60 lead. Jefferson's shot was part of a 20-0 blitz that gave the Bucks a 71-60 advantage. The Bucks led 88-72 at the end of the quarter.

Notes

: Miss America, Katie Stam of Seymour, Indiana, attended the game. She took photographs with fans before tip-off. ... Former Indiana University coach Kelvin Sampson, now an assistant with the Bucks, was booed by a small section of fans near the visiting bench before tip-off. Indiana is on probation from the NCAA because of a phone-call scandal involving Sampson.



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