Jrue Holiday helps short-handed Bucks beat Pacers, 114-99
Jrue Holiday helps short-handed Bucks beat Pacers – MILWAUKEE, Wisc. (AP) – The Milwaukee Bucks, who were without stars Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton, relied on Jrue Holiday in a 114-99 win over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.
“Just a lot of making decisions, a lot of plays, a lot of trying to get in the paint,” Holiday said. “It was a lot of work, but it was enjoyable.”
Holiday finished with 26 points and 14 rebounds.
“He just absorbs everything the game throws at him,” says the player “Mike Budenholzer, the Bucks’ coach, stated. “He exudes amazing poise, tranquility, and self-assurance. He’s going to make the correct read and play on a regular basis. I believe his leadership is vital regardless of who is present, but I believe it reaches a new level on a night like tonight.”
After being tied at 87 after three quarters, Milwaukee went on a huge run early in the fourth quarter to take the lead. With just over three minutes left, the Bucks had built a 112-92 advantage, with Pat Connaughton and Jordan Nwora both scoring eight points. Both players scored a total of 20 points.
Antetokounmpo, who leads the NBA with 27 points, 11.6 rebounds, and 5.8 assists per game, was added to the league’s health and safety standards list on Tuesday. Middleton, who averages 17.8 points per game, was forced to leave Monday night’s game in Boston due to a hyperextended left knee. Domantas Sabonis led Indiana with 16 points and 14 rebounds. Caris LeVert led Indiana with 14 points in the opening 20 minutes and finished with 16.
The Bucks have won five of their last eight games. It’s won seven games in a row versus Indiana. Following a four-game losing streak, Indiana has won three of its last four games. Since testing positive for COVID-19, Indiana coach Rick Carlisle has missed three games. Lyd Pierce, an assistant, stepped in. Budenholzer said he didn’t know how long Antetokounmpo would be sidelined, but Middleton may play against New Orleans on Friday night. Antetokounmpo did not test positive for COVID-19, according to the team. Antetokounmpo revealed he was immunized at the league’s media day in September.
TIP-INS – Jrue Holiday helps short-handed Bucks beat Pacers, 114-99
F Pacers Justin Holiday made a comeback. After undergoing the health and safety protocols on Nov. 30, Jrue Holiday’s younger brother missed six games. DeJon Jarreau, a rookie goaltender, was waived, while Terry Taylor, a rookie goaltender, was signed.
“We’ll follow all of the league’s protocols and hope that he’s just healthy and taking care of himself,” Budenholzer said of Antetokounmpo. … The health and protocols list also includes Wesley Matthews and Donte DiVincenzo.
LEADERS IN STATISTICS – Jrue Holiday helps short-handed Bucks beat Pacers, 114-99 – Review
Only Antetokounmpo and Nikola Joki of the Nuggets were averaging at least 25 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists as of Wednesday… With 23 double-doubles, Sabonis and Jonas Valanciunas of the Pelicans lead the league… Myles Turner of the Pacers was leading the NBA in blocked shots with 78 as of Wednesday.
COMING UP NEXT
- The Pacers will host the Detroit Pistons on Thursday night.
- On Friday night, the Bucks are at New Orleans.