INDIANAPOLIS — Playing without superstar Gianis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks weren't the dominant team that's compiled the NBA's best record.
The Pacers went up by as many as 25 points in the first half then hung on in the second for a 118-111 win, which snaps a six game Indiana losing streak.
The Bucks came back in the third quarter and trailed by just 11 points heading into the final period. Then, with nine minutes to go, Milwaukee was suddenly down by just four. Indiana controlled the game from there.
T.J. Warren was high man for the Pacers with 35 points. Victor Oladipo contributed 13. In all, six Pacers scored in double figures.
Indiana's defense held the Bucks to 40% shooting while the Pacers shot 52%.
Where was Antetokounmpo? Home with his girlfriend who just gave birth to the couple's first child.
The Pacers head into the All-Star break with a 32-23 record.
Milwaukee, which handled Indiana easily in two previous meetings this year, is now an NBA best 46-8.