By Jim Johnson
The Associated Press
Tyler Hansbrough had 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers to their third straight win, 102-78 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night.
Paul George added 20 points and had Roy Hibbert had 11 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks for the Pacers.
Monta Ellis had 22 points and Samuel Dalembert had 10 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Bucks, who have lost five of seven.
The Pacers went on a 14-4 run to start the second half and to take a 61-48 lead midway through the third quarter.
Larry Sanders was ejected with 7:54 left in the third when he was called for a double technical after Hibbert was fouled on a shot.
George hit both technical free throws and Hibbert scored two more to make it 57-47.
Hibbert sparked the run to start the second half. He scored three baskets and Hansbrough had another. Ellis hit a jumper, Marquis Daniels made two free throws and the Pacers led 53-47.
After Sanders was ejected and the Pacers took a 10-point lead, George dunked to make it 61-48 with 5:29 left in the quarter.
Indiana led by as many as 19 points in the third when Hansbrough sank two free throws with 3:14 left to give the Pacers 67-48 advantage.
They led the rest of the way.
In a game that was back and forth for the entire first half, neither team found a way to pull away before halftime.
Ian Mahinmi was fouled and converted the 3-point play to give the Pacers a 38-37 lead with 6:35 left in the first half.
Sanders scored to make it 37-36 and Mahinmi scored again to give the Pacers a 38-37 lead before Henson hit a jumper to give the Bucks a lead again, 38-39 with 5:38 left in the second quarter.
Hansbrough made a steal and dunked on a fast break with 28 seconds left in the half to give the Pacers a 45-43 lead at the break.
The Bucks took a 9-4 lead early in the game before the Pacers went on a 6-0 run to go in front. Hansbrough and George dunked and Hill made a layup to give the Pacers a 10-9 lead with 6:41 left in the first quarter.
Later, the Bucks jumped ahead 23-19 when Dalembert and Ekpe Udoh hit back-to-back jumpers. But Hibbert scored on a put-back and George a layup to tie the game at 23 at the end of the first quarter.
The Pacers played their third straight game without forward David West, who is out with a lower back sprain.
Pacers coach Frank Vogel said before the game that West is improving, but still is having a hard time walking because of the injury.