The Indiana Pacers (20-14) stood tall in their 95-80 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks (16-16) on Saturday night, thanks mostly because of their big man down low.
Roy Hibbert led Indiana with 20 points, 15 rebounds, and 5 blocks as the Pacers collected their 10th win in their last 13 contests.
“Hibbert had an exceptional night on both ends of the floor,” said Pacers Head Coach Frank Vogel.
“It was great to see him dominate the glass like he did. We had some great toughness effort from George Hill, who played with some limitations with his pulled groin. He toughed it out and I think our bench did really good. Statistically we limited ourselves to 13 turnovers, which has been a problem against this team, and that factored into the win along with being able to pound them on the glass led by Roy Hibbert.”
After entering the half up 52-47, the Pacers extended their lead by putting pressure on Monta Ellis (21 points, only 5 in second half) and limiting Brandon Jennings to 12 points on 4-15 shooting.
“It was nice to get a win,” said Hibbert. “There’s a lot of chippiness between our two teams, and you know Milwaukee is a good team. They have come a long way from years past. We didn’t let that get the best of us though and we just played within ourselves.”
While Hibbert played to the full potential that the Pacers had been hoping to see consistently out of their All-Star center, George Hill added 14 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists in just under 33 minutes of play after missing three games due to a groin injury.
“We lost twice up there and we knew we had to protect our home-court just like they protected their home-court,” said Hill. “It just happened to be them coming in here tonight. We just have to take it one game at a time, but no matter who comes into our house we have to take care of our own business.”
The Pacers have more challengers coming into Bankers Life Fieldhouse next week with the Miami Heat (22-9), New York Knicks (23-10), and Charlotte Bobcats (8-24) all traveling to Indianapolis next week.