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Pacers vs Milwaukee Bucks Match Player Stats: Lillard’s Explosive First Half Leads Bucks to Game 1 Victory

In a highly anticipated matchup between the Indiana Pacers and the Milwaukee Bucks, Game 1 of their Eastern Conference series unfolded with all the drama and intensity expected of playoff basketball. The absence of two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo due to a calf strain only added to the intrigue surrounding the contest.

Damian Lillard, the dynamic guard for the Bucks, stole the show with a scintillating performance, scoring all 35 of his points in a dominating first half display. His offensive onslaught propelled the Bucks to a commanding 109-94 victory over the Pacers, setting the tone for the series ahead.

From the opening tip-off, Lillard showcased his scoring prowess, connecting on 11 of 24 field goal attempts and sinking 6 of 11 from beyond the arc. His electrifying performance not only energized the home crowd but also highlighted his importance to the Bucks’ playoff aspirations in the absence of Antetokounmpo.

Lillard’s offensive brilliance was complemented by the contributions of his teammates. Khris Middleton delivered a stellar performance, tallying 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Bobby Portis chipped in with 15 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out. Despite missing their star player, the Bucks demonstrated their depth and resilience, outclassing the Pacers in pivotal moments throughout the game.

On the other side, the Pacers struggled to contain the offensive firepower of the Bucks, particularly Lillard, who single-handedly outscored Indiana in the first half. Pascal Siakam led the charge for the Pacers with 36 points and 13 rebounds, but his efforts were not enough to overcome the Bucks’ relentless attack.

Despite a valiant effort to mount a comeback in the second half, the Pacers ultimately fell short as the Bucks maintained their lead and secured a crucial Game 1 victory. Head coach Rick Carlisle lamented his team’s slow start, acknowledging the challenge of facing a formidable opponent like the Bucks in the playoffs.

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