INDIANAPOLIS — Jrue Holiday scored 51 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo had a 38-point triple and the NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks beat the Indiana Pacers 149-136 on Wednesday night.
Antetokounmpo added 17 rebounds and 12 assists to help the Bucks improve to 55-21. The two-time NBA MVP finished with 20 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for a triple-double at halftime. Returned after sitting out Monday night in a win at Detroit because of knee soreness.
Holiday had 18 points in the third quarter as the Bucks scored a season-high 46 points to build a 12-point lead. He was 20 of 30 from the field with three 3-pointers and hit 8 of 10 free throws. His previous best was 40 points in an overtime win over Boston on Feb. 14.
Brook Lopez added 21 points for the Bucks.
Rookie Benedict Mathurin led Indiana — in its first three scoreless games — with 29 points. Aaron Nesmith had 22 and Jordan Naora had 18. Jalen Smith had 17 to start the fourth. Rookie Andrew Nembhardt had 15 points and 15 rebounds.
Bucks: Forward Khris Middleton (knee) was inactive. He averaged 15.5 points. … Averaged 136.2 points in 3-1 season series win.
Pacers: Five inactives include All-Star point guard and leading scorer Tyrese Halliburton (ankle/elbow), center and second-leading scorer Myles Turner (back), and guard Buddy Hield (illness), the NBA’s 3-point leader.
Bucs: Host Boston Thursday night.
Pacers: Friday night at Oklahoma City.
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