It wasn't an easy victory, but the Milwaukee Bucks snapped their two-game losing skid by taking care of business at home 117-98 against a never say die Indiana Pacers.
All-Star wing Khris Middleton bounced back from a poor shooting display in the Bucks last game to lead the team with 27 points on 8-15 shooting which included 4-7 from beyond the arc.
The Pacers continued to throw different defensive looks at MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo who had a quiet first half before coming up big down the stretch.
Antetokounmpo still finished the contest with 29 points, 12 rebounds and five assists, but wasn't able to have his usual impact inside the paint.
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A back and forth first half saw the Bucks on several occassions jump out to a big lead only to see the Pacers claw their way back in.
After the halftime break however, the momentum swung in favour of the Bucks who pushed their four-lead into 12 heading into the final quarter.
The Pacers continued to keep the Bucks accountable, but could never crack the deficit and started their toughest two-game stretch of the season with a loss.
Myles Turner led the way for the Pacers as he ended the contest with 22 points and 17 rebounds, including the big man hitting 4-11 from deep.
Milwaukee will remain at home where they'll welcome the Charlotte Hornets for a showdown on Sunday.
Indiana will travel to Philadelphia for a clash against the fourth-seeded 76ers on Monday.