Bucks grab 6th straight win, 98-94 over Pacers

Jerry Stackhouse tied his season-high with 20 points and the Milwaukee Bucks survived a late rally from the short-handed Indiana Pacers for a 98-94 win on Sunday.

Andrew Bogut added 17 points and 12 rebounds, and John Salmons had 12 points for the Bucks, who won their sixth straight game and 12 of their last 13 - including home wins over Cleveland (without LeBron James), Boston and Utah Jazz this past week.


Luke Ridnour scored 13 points for Milwaukee, which came in six games over .500 for the first time this season. It's the latest they've been six over since they were 38-32 on March 28, 2002.

The Bucks swept the four-game series against the Pacers and it was their first since a six-game sweep during the 1981-82 season.


The Pacers' Danny Granger scored 14 of his 29 points in the third quarter and missed a potential game-tying basket with just seconds remaining.

Indiana was without point guard T.J. Ford and swingman Mike Dunleavy. Ford is expected to miss seven to 10 days with a sore left groin and Dunleavy is day-to-day with a right eye contusion.

Pacers have lost six of seven, 13 of 16 overall and eight straight on the road. They came in allowing 120 or more points in four of their last six away from home.

Trailing 89-77 with six minutes left, the Pacers used an 11-3 run down the stretch and Solomon Jones off the bench to put a scare in the Bucks.


Rookie A.J. Price capped the surge with a pair of free throws that pulled Indiana within 92-88 with 3:30 left. On the Bucks' next possession, Salmons was tied up on a drive and the Pacers got the tip, but Indiana turned it over. Carlos Delfino sank two free throws before Jones scored on a putback.

Bogut dunked for a six-point lead, but after Price missed, Delfino stepped out of bounds. Jones jammed home a Price miss to get to four. Ersan Ilyasova was called for an offensive foul and Jones hit from the baseline. With 16.7 seconds left, Bogut missed on a wild hook shot. Indiana called time.

The ball went to Granger, who lofted a shot over Bogut but missed. After a scramble for the ball, Salmons was fouled and sank two free throws for the final margin.

Jones scored nine points in the fourth.

Stackhouse, who signed with the Bucks as a free agent on Jan. 18, was 7 of 13 from the floor including 4 of 6 on 3-pointers. He had 11 points in the first half, including three 3s and then tied his season high with seven in the fourth. His 3-pointer with 8:07 to play gave Milwaukee an 86-69 lead.

Leading 49-41, the Bucks slowly pulled away from the Pacers in the third quarter behind eight points each from Bogut and Salmons.

Bogut's hook shot from in close gave the Bucks a 59-49 lead with 7:15 to go in the quarter. A Jennings steal in the next possession turned into a driving layup by Bogut. It could have been worse for Indiana had Granger not scored 14 of their 21 points in the quarter. Milwaukee led 76-62 heading into the fourth.

NOTES: Ford injured his groin early in the first quarter of the Pacers' 122-103 loss to the Celtics in Boston on Friday night. ... The Bucks had held 14 of their last 21 opponents under 90 points.