Bucks vs. Pacers final score, results: Tyrese Haliburton stars as Indiana advances to In-Season Tournament Final


Tyrese Haliburton and the Pacers are one win away from the NBA Cup.

With the NBA’s first-ever In-Season Tournament moving to Las Vegas for the Semifinals, Indiana opened the action with a thrilling 128-119 win over Milwaukee. In the win, Haliburton continued his ascension to stardom, finishing with 27 points, 15 assists and no turnovers in 36 minutes of action.

The Pacers scored 128 points despite shooting just 7 of 33 (21.2 percent) from deep thanks in large part to Myles Turner’s 26 points and 10 rebounds, and three other double-digit scorers.

On the other end, the Bucks were led by 37 points and 10 rebounds from Giannis Antetokounmpo, but Damian Lillard finished with just 24 points on 7-of-20 shooting after a rough shooting first half.

As this counted as a regular-season game, Indiana moves to 12-8 on the season while Milwaukee falls to 15-7. The Pacers now await the winner of the West Semifinal between the Lakers and Pelicans.

The Sporting News tracked updates and highlights from Thursday’s In-Season Tournament semifinal between Milwaukee and Indiana.

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Bucks vs. Pacers score

Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
Bucks 29 22 43 25 119
Pacers 27 36 28 37 128

Bucks vs. Pacers results, highlights from 2023 In-Season Tournament semifinal

All times Eastern.

Final: Pacers 128, Bucks 119

7:43 p.m.: Boom baby.

The Pacers will remain perfect in In-Season Tournament play to advance to play for the NBA Cup, where they will play either the Lakers or Pelicans.

7:37 p.m.: Tyrese. Haliburton.

Indiana’s rising superstar just drained what could be a dagger 3 to put his team up by eight points with under a minute remaining.

Haliburton has 27 points and 15 assists as the Pacers are close to punching their ticket to the Championship game.

Pacers 122, Bucks 114

7:31 p.m.: Myles Turner drains a pair of free throws to give Indiana a three-point advantage with 3:26 left in regulation. Turner’s up to 24 points to go with seven rebounds and two assists.

Timeout on the floor.

Pacers 113, Bucks 110

7:20 p.m.: Andrew Nembhard, Indiana’s second-year guard who’s up to eight points in this one, went down with an injury on a fast-break layup attempt. Tyrese Haliburton was able to get a put-back finish on the miss but the Pacers have called a timeout.

Indiana leads by one with 6:57 remaining in regulation.

Pacers 105, Bucks 104

7:15 p.m.: Indiana and Milwaukee are going back and forth to open this final frame.

Timeout on the floor as the Pacers hold a one-point lead early in the fourth.

Pacers 101, Bucks 100

End of third quarter: Bucks 94, Pacers 91

7:03 p.m.: Whew… We’re gonna need a breather after that third quarter.

The Bucks put up 43 (!) points in the third quarter and take a three-point lead into the final frame.

Damian Lillard stole the show in the third, scoring 16 points in the quarter to bring his total to 20 points in the game. Giannis Antetokounmpo is up to 31 points through three quarters, leading all scorers.

For Indiana, Tyrese Haliburton has 20 points and 12 assists while Myles Turner has 20 points and five boards.

Buckle up for an exciting fourth quarter.

7:01 p.m.: This game is speeding back up to the pace we expected at the onset.

A high-scoring third quarter from the Bucks has turned the game back in their favor, but the Pacers are right there. Giannis Antetokounmpo just drained two free throws to bring his total to 31 points through three quarters.

Tyrese Haliburton is leading the way for the Pacers with 20 points and 11 assists.

Bucks 92, Pacers 88 

6:45 p.m.: Dame Time is starting a little early in Las Vegas.

Damian Lillard is up to 14 points in the third quarter alone, bringing his total to 18 points in the game. Behind Lillard’s hot shooting, the Bucks have regained the lead. Milwaukee’s up four midway through the third.

Timeout Indiana.

Bucks 76, Pacers 72 

6:33 p.m.: That was quick.

Damian Lillard drains a 3 to cut the deficit to nine and Rick Carlisle signals for a Pacers timeout just 52 seconds into the second half. Indiana will talk things over less than a minute into the quarter.

Pacers 63, Bucks 54

Halftime: Pacers 63, Bucks 51

6:18 p.m.: Indiana outscores Milwaukee by 14 points in the second quarter and takes a 12-point lead into the halftime break.

The stars have been shining early on, as Tyrese Haliburton has 11 points and seven assists to lead the way for the Pacers. For the Bucks, Giannis Antetokounpmo has 20 points and six rebounds at the half.

Damian Lillard, however, has struggled, scoring just four points on 2-of-10 shooting. 

6:08 p.m.: A quick sprint from Indiana has its lead up to double digits.

Back-to-back buckets from Obi Toppin bring his total to 10 points in the game, which matches the Pacers’ lead.

Timeout Milwaukee with 3:09 left in the first half.

Pacers 54, Bucks 44

6:03 p.m.: The Pacers are still ahead, but Giannis Antetokounmpo is doing what he does best.

Antetokounmpo just punctuated a downhill drive with a left-handed dunk before Myles Turner could contest. Antetokounmpo’s up to a game-high 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting.

The Pacers still lead by five points with 4:19 remaining in the half. Turner leads Indiana with 11 points while Tyrese Haliburton is up to nine points and four assists.

Pacers 49, Bucks 44

5:52 p.m.: It’s the TJ McConnell Show at T-Mobile Arena.

McConnell has come off the bench to score seven points, dish out two assists and snag two steals in just seven minutes of action. Indiana is a plus-four with McConnell on the floor and it takes a four-point lead into this timeout break.

Pacers 38, Bucks 34

End of first quarter: Bucks 29, Pacers 27

5:41 p.m.: The first quarter of the first Semifinal is in the books and Milwaukee leads by two.

Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 10 points lead the way for the Bucks, while Damian Lillard was scoreless after missing all six of his field goal attempts. Khris Middleton has chipped in with seven points on perfect 3-of-3 shooting.

Tyrese Haliburton has set the table with six points and three assists but Myles Turner has matched Antetokounmpo’s game-high total with 10 points while shooting 4 of 6 from the field.

5:30 p.m.: Things have slowed down ahead of the second break in action but the Bucks remain ahead.

Milwaukee leads by three with 4:13 remaining in the opening frame.

It’s mostly been about the big men as Myles Turner leads all scorers with 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting. For the Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo’s eight points lead the way while Brook Lopez isn’t far behind with six points.

Bucks 23, Pacers 20

5:22 p.m.: To no surprise, the pace has been rapid to start and the Bucks are out to a seven-point lead early on.

Giannis Antetokounmpo leads the way with eight points on 3-of-3 shooting and as a team, Milwaukee is shooting 7 of 11 (63.5 percent) from the field, including 3 of 4 (75.0 percent) from deep.

The Pacers are led by Tyrese Haliburton, who has six points, a rebound and an assist. As a team, Indiana is 6 of 10 from the field but has yet to connect from deep.

We’re less than five minutes into the game.

Bucks 19, Pacers 12

5:15 p.m.: Myles Turner lobs it up to Obi Toppin, who gets Indiana on the board first with a finish at the rim.

Game on in Las Vegas.


4:30 p.m.: Starting for the Bucks: Damian Lillard, Malik Beasley, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Brook Lopez.

Starting for the Pacers: Tyrese Haliburton, Buddy Hield, Bruce Brown, Obi Toppin and Myles Turner.

2:45 p.m.: The red carpet is laid, the stars are out and it’s almost time for the first of two Semifinal games to tip off.

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Bucks vs. Pacers start time

  • Date: Thursday, Dec. 7
  • Time: 5 p.m. ET | 2 p.m. PT

Bucks vs. Pacers will tip off around 5 p.m. ET on Thursday, Dec. 7. The game will be played at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

What channel is Bucks vs. Pacers on?

  • Date: Thursday, Dec. 7
  • TV channel: ESPN
  • Live streaming: Sling TV

Bucks vs. Pacers will air on ESPN. Viewers can also stream the game on Sling TV.

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NBA In-Season Tournament schedule, bracket

Monday, Dec. 4

Pacers 122, Celtics 112
Pelicans 127, Kings 117

Tuesday, Dec. 5

Bucks 146, Knicks 122
Lakers 106, Suns 103

Thursday, Dec. 7

Pacers 128, Bucks 119
Lakers 133, Pelicans 89

Saturday, Dec. 9

Game Time (ET) National TV
Lakers vs. Pacers 8:30 p.m. ABC



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