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May 1, 2024 12:29 am

Despite missing stars, Bucks rout Pacers to stay alive

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Khris Middleton and Bobby Portis scored 29 points apiece and the injury-riddled Milwaukee Bucks stayed alive with a 115-92 victory over the visiting Indiana Pacers in Game 5 of their first-round series in the Eastern Conference.

Portis made 14 of 24 field-goal attempts and collected 10 rebounds. Middleton had 12 rebounds and five assists as Milwaukee cut its deficit to 3-2 in the series.

The Bucks controlled the contest despite both Giannis Antetokounmpo (calf) and Damian Lillard (Achilles) sitting out. Antetokounmpo has missed the entire series and Lillard has sat out the past two games.

Tyrese Haliburton scored 16 points and Myles Turner added 13 for Indiana. Pascal Siakam and Andrew Nembhard had 12 apiece.

Game 6 is Thursday night in Indianapolis.

Malik Beasley scored 18 points and joined Middleton in making four 3-pointers. Patrick Beverley recorded 13 points and 12 assists, and Brook Lopez had 12 points for the Bucks.

Milwaukee outscored Indiana 64-36 over the two middle quarters to take control.

The Bucks shot 52.4 percent from the field, including 11 of 29 from 3-point range.

Milwaukee opened the third quarter with nine straight points to turn a five-point advantage into a 62-48 lead on Middleton’s driving hoop.

Indiana moved within nine on Nembhard’s layup with 6:46 left in the quarter. Lopez scored the Bucks’ next four points and Portis later added a layup to give Milwaukee a 72-57 lead with 5:25 remaining.

Later in the quarter, Beasley knocked down two 3-pointers in a span of 27 seconds as Milwaukee opened up an 82-63 lead with 2:09 left.

The Bucks led 87-67 entering the final stanza and received a 3-pointer from Beasley and a layup from Lopez to push the lead to 25 with 11:07 left in the game.

Indiana went on a 9-2 run to move within 18 with 8:42 remaining, but Beasley answered with a 3-pointer to give Milwaukee a 97-76 lead with 8:21 remaining.

Portis later scored six points during an 8-0 burst that saw the Bucks push the lead to 107-80 with 4:27 to play.

The Pacers made 44.4 percent of their attempts and hit 12 of 38 from behind the arc.

Middleton scored 17 points in the first half as Milwaukee led 53-48 at the break. Haliburton scored 11 in the half for the Pacers.

Indiana led by as many as 10 in the opening quarter before settling for a 31-23 lead.

The Bucks outscored the Pacers 30-17 in the second quarter, with Beverley leading the way with 12 points.

–Field Level Media

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