Pacers punish Bucks


Published: Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
INDIANAPOLIS - Stephen Jackson scored 24 points to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 112-88 on Wednesday night.
The Pacers shot 56 percent from the field and handed the Bucks their fourth loss in five games. The 24-point margin tied Milwaukee's worst loss of the season.
Dan Gadzuric led Milwaukee with 17 points and T.J. Ford added 16. Michael Redd entered the game averaging 25 points, but the Pacers held him to just 13 on 4-of-15 shooting from the field.
The Pacers shot 68 percent in the first half, including 6-of-8 3-pointers, to take a 61-49 lead at the break. Jackson, who was 8-for-11 from the field in the game, and Fred Jones each scored 15 points in the first half. The Pacers held Redd to 4 points on 1-for-7 shooting before the break.
Milwaukee cut Indiana's lead to 68-61 on an Andrew Bogut basket midway through the third quarter, but the Pacers outscored the Bucks 13-5 the rest of the period to take an 81-66 lead heading into the fourth.
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    Milt Palacio had 17 points, Gordan Giricek added 16 and Okur had eight assists and eight rebounds as Utah won its third straight game on the road. The Northwest Division-leading Jazz have won eight of nine, improving to two games above .500 for the first time since starting 4-2.
    Chris Webber scored 21 points and Samuel Dalembert had 11 points and 11 rebounds for the struggling Sixers, who have lost six of nine.
  • WIZARDS 103, HAWKS 72: Donell Taylor scored a career-high 15 points to lead the Wizards over Atlanta.
    Jared Jeffries matched his career high with 15 points, Caron Butler had 14 points and Antawn Jamison scored 13 in a rare appearance off the bench as the Wizards won for just the second time in seven games.
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    Andres Nocioni scored 16 of his 23 points in the fourth and Kirk Hinrich had 17 points, a career-high 17 assists and eight rebounds for the Bulls, who had won three in a row to bounce back from a season-high eight-game losing streak.
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