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  • Associated Press Pacers guard Glenn Robinson III shoots over Bucks forward Jabari Parker during the first half of Monday's game in Indianapolis.

Tuesday, March 06, 2018 1:00 am

NBA

Bogdanovic leads Pacers past Bucks

Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS – Bojan Bogdanovic tied his season high with 29 points and grabbed a key jump ball late to lift the Indiana Pacers over the Milwaukee Bucks 92-89 on Monday night.

Milwaukee's Khris Middleton stole Victor Oladipo's pass with 10 seconds left and Indiana leading 90-89. He rushed to the basket, but Cory Joseph chased him down and got a hand on the basketball before Middleton could attempt a shot. The ball rolled out of bounds, and referees called a jump ball after video replay. Bogdanovic came down with the tip off the jump ball and added a pair of free throws with 6 seconds left.

Thaddeus Young had 10 points and seven rebounds, and Oladipo finished with 14 points, five assists and five rebounds along with 10 turnovers.

After Bogdanovic's free throws, Milwaukee had a chance to tie it, but Giannis Antetokounmpo's 3-pointer from the wing hit the front of the rim as time expired.

The Pacers and Bucks got off to a slow, sloppy start. Indiana led 20-17 at the end of the first quarter. Both teams were playing on the second night of a back-to-back.

Milwaukee took a 46-44 lead into halftime, and then both teams came alive in the second half. The Pacers opened up the third quarter with a 19-5 run that gave them a 65-50 lead. The 15-point lead was Indiana's largest of the game. But Milwaukee wasn't done. The Bucks put together a 19-5 run to pull within four points at the end of the third quarter to set up a back-and-forth fourth quarter.

Antetokounmpo finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Eric Bledsoe led the Bucks with 26 points.

CAVALIERS 112, PISTONS 90: In Cleveland, LeBron James scored 31 points before taking a seat on the bench, and Larry Nance Jr. reached career highs with 22 points and 15 rebounds to lead Cleveland.

With Cavaliers missing three big men – All-Star Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson and Jeff Green – because of injuries, Cleveland needed someone to step up and Nance came through. Wearing the same No. 22 his father had retired by Cleveland, the 25-year-old Nance had the best game of his young career.

James was his usual brilliant self, making 5 of 7 3-pointers and adding seven rebounds and seven assists. With the Cavs comfortably ahead, James sat the entire fourth quarter.

Blake Griffin scored 25 to lead Detroit, which has lost nine straight away from home. The Pistons haven't won on the road since Jan. 10. Andre Drummond scored 15 but didn't reach double-digit rebounds for the first time in 19 games.

CELTICS 105, BULLS 89: In Chicago, Jaylen Brown scored 21 points to lead Boston.

Celtics guard Kyrie Irving sat out because of a sore left knee. Even without their All-Star guard, the Celtics took control right from the start and led by as many as 37 en route to their fifth win in six games.

Jayson Tatum added 14 points, while Al Horford and Terry Rozier scored 13 apiece for Boston.

The Bulls lost for the 14th time in 17 games. Denzel Valentine scored 20 points and nailed four 3-pointers for Chicago, but that was about the only positive for the Bulls.