Thaddeus Young had 25 points, 11 rebounds and four assists, and Myles Turner added 23 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to their fifth straight win -- 113-97 over Milwaukee on Wednesday night.
Indiana seized control early, never trailed and pulled within a half-game of the Central Division-leading Bucks.
Eric Bledsoe scored 26 points and Malcolm Brogdon finished with 15 to lead Milwaukee. Giannis Antetokounmpo had a season-low 12 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dealt out seven assists after missing Monday's game at Cleveland with a sore neck.
But even with the return of Milwaukee's best player, the NBA's highest-scoring team struggled against the No. 1-ranked scoring defense.
As a result, Indiana took control early and was never seriously challenged after retaking a double-digit lead early in the second quarter.
The Bucks came into the game with the league's second-best record and as the top rebounding team -- and they sure didn't look like it.
Indiana scored the first six points and built a 22-9 lead less than five minutes into the game. When Milwaukee cut the deficit to 25-23 late in the first quarter, the Pacers answered with a 12-2 run.
Then, after taking a 58-43 halftime lead, the Pacers extended the margin to as much as 64-43 early in the third.
Milwaukee finally cut the deficit to 101-93 on Eric Bledsoe's 19-foot jumper with 4:25 left in the game, but Turner hit his career-high-tying fourth 3 and Victor Oladipo made a 12-footer to give the Pacers a 106-93 cushion.
The Bucks couldn't get closer than 11 the rest of the game.
Oladipo wound up with 12 points, 10 rebounds and six assists after missing the previous 11 games with a sore right knee.