Bucks’ spurt beats Pacers

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 29 points and Khris Middleton added 27 to help the Bucks bounce back from their first consecutive losses of the season with a 117-98 victory over Indiana in Milwaukee on Thursday night.

Milwaukee, which improved to an NBA-best 49-16, was coming off back-to-back losses to Utah and Phoenix after opening a five-game road trip with three victories.

The Bucks gained control with a 12-0 spurt in the fourth quarter. Kyle O’Quinn opened the final period with a floater from the lane to cut the Pacers’ deficit to 84-74. Ersan Ilyasova hit a 3-pointer to trigger the run, capped by Antetokounmpo’s drive to make it 96-74 with 8:21 left.

Myles Turner had 22 points and Bojan Bogdanovic 17 for the Pacers.

Bogdanovic hit two 3-pointers to trim Indiana’s deficit to 67-64. Milwaukee responded with 13 consecutive points, pushing the lead to 80-64 on Antetokounmpo’s dunk.

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