Pacers make it look easy again as win streak reaches nine

INDIANAPOLIS – You’d think it would get a little harder as the winning streak would grow larger and the spotlight would shine brighter.

Yet this past week, it’s actually been the opposite for the Pacers.

As they did Monday night against the Grizzlies, Indiana made easy work of the Bucks on their way to a ninth consecutive victory this season. Frank Vogel’s team used a strong first half to dominate Milwaukee 104-77 Friday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse to continue the best start in franchise history.

Roy Hibbert was a dominant force in the victory as he nearly pulled a unique triple double as he scored a team-high 24 points, collected ten rebounds and blocked eight shots. Paul George added 22 points while Lance Stephenson chipped in 11.

The Pacers left little doubt in the home crowd’s mind on Friday night as the raced out to a 15-point halftime lead. Milwaukee actually outscored the Pacers in the third quarter-the first time that has happened to the Pacers all season-but the team answered by outscoring the Bucks 29-16 in the final frame to finish the blowout.

A double-digit win streak is on the line for the Pacers on Saturday night as they travel to Chicago to face the Bulls. Derrick Rose’s status for the game is still unknown.

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