Holiday has a career-high 51 points as the Bucks beat the Pacers 149-136

by: PHILLIP B. WILSON, Associated Press

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jrue Holiday scored a career-high 51 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 38 points in a triple-double and the NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks beat the Indiana Pacers 149-136 on Wednesday night.

Antetokounmpo added 17 rebounds and 12 assists to help the Bucks improve to 55-21. The two-time NBA MVP was one assist away from a triple-double at halftime with 20 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. He returned after sitting out Monday night in a win at Detroit with knee pain.

Holiday had 18 points in the third quarter, when the Bucks scored a season-high 46 points to give themselves a 12-point lead. He was 20 of 30 from the field with three 3-pointers and made 8 of 10 free throws. His previous record was 40 points in an overtime win over Boston on February 14.

Brook Lopez added 21 points for the Bucks.

Rookie Bennedict Mathurin led Indiana — playing without its top three scorers — with 29 points. Aaron Nesmith had 22 and Jordan Nwora 18. Jalen Smith fouled early in the fourth with 17. Rookie Andrew Nembhard had 15 points and 15 rebounds.


Bucks: Forward Khris Middleton (knee) was inactive. He averages 15.5 points. … Averaged 136.2 points in the 3-1 series win.

Pacers: Five inactives included All-Star point guard and leading scorer Tyrese Haliburton (ankle/elbow), center and second-leading scorer Myles Turner (back) and guard Buddy Hield (ill), the NBA’s leading 3-pointer.


Bucks: Host Boston on Thursday night.

Pacers: Host Oklahoma City Friday night.


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