By David Woods

Roy Hibbert might be known as Mr. Verticality for the way he goes straight up to defend shots. But on Thursday night, it was his own shotmaking that kept the Indiana Pacers upright.

Hibbert scored six points in a key six-minute stretch of the fourth quarter, finished with 24 and helped the Pacers fend off the Milwaukee Bucks 101-96 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

It was not the drama expected, featuring the team with the NBA’s best record (44-13) coming from behind to beat an opponent with the worst (11-46). Afterward, coach Frank Vogel was crankier with reporters questioning him about the Pacers’ inadequacies than he was with his team’s performance. “We attacked the basket, we attacked the paint, and we knocked down our free throws. That’s very important for a veteran team like us. We’ve been there before. We’ve gotten up big, we’ve gotten down big. We always keep playing.” said Hibbert on the team’s offensive game.

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