Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Ersan Ilyasova netted 34 points with six rebounds as the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Indiana Pacers, 111-107, on Thursday night. Khris Middleton recorded 17 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 16 and Michael Carter-Williams added 13 points, eight assists and five rebounds before fouling out. Milwaukee has won two straight on the heels of a six-game skid. C.J. Miles led the Pacers with 26 points and George Hill chipped in with 24. Indiana, which fell into a three-way tie with Brooklyn and Charlotte for ninth place in the East, has lost seven of its last eight. Those three teams trail Boston by a half-game in the standings.
Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard Jamal Crawford called the bruised right calf that has sidelined him for more than three weeks "the weirdest" injury of his NBA career but said he was not worried he would miss the rest of the season.
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