Reserves shine as Bucks squander big early lead but recover to beat Pacers
Milwaukee’s Greg Monroe battles Indiana’s Myles Turner for a rebound. AP

THE Milwaukee Bucks squandered an early double-digit lead but recovered to beat the Indiana Pacers, 116-100, on Saturday in Indianapolis (Sunday, Manila time).

Reserves Mirza Teletovic, Greg Monroe and Malcolm Brogdon shone for Milwaukee, which led 62-49 in the second but went scoreless in a five minutes stretch and allowed the Pacers to fight back.

The Pacers tied the match at 62 with nine minutes left in the third before the Bucks rallied again to regain control.

Giannis Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee in scoring with 20 points, making four of nine field goal attempts.

Teletovic scored 19 on 6 of 10 shooting as the Bucks ended a two-game slide.

Monroe went 6 for 8 and finished with 17 points, which was matched by Brogdon by making 5 of 14 field goal attempts.

The Bucks notched their 23rd win in 53 games, while sending the Pacer to a third straight loss.

CJ Miles scored 23 as Indiana absorbed its 25th loss in 54 games.

Myles Turner and reserve Monta Ellis scored 18 each for the Pacers.

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