Bogdanovic sets pace as Indy wins

The Associated Press

The Pacers Bojan Bogdanovic, left, goes to the floor after getting tangled up with the Bucks’ Eric Bledsoe on Monday.

The Associated PressINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Bojan Bogdanovic has cranked up his tenacity, and it’s leading to some of the best basketball of his life.

Bogdanovic tied his career high with 29 points and grabbed a key jump ball late to lead the Indiana Pacers over the Milwaukee Bucks 92-89 on Monday night.

Bogdanovic has been on a roll since Jan. 29, when he went scoreless in a win over Charlotte. Since then, he’s scored in double figures in 13 straight games, and in six of those 13 contests, he’s scored 20 or more points.

“After that game I was scoreless here against Charlotte, I was really mad, and I just tried to tell myself that I have to be aggressive,” Bogdanovic said.

His ferocity was obvious in the final five seconds of Monday night’s contest.

After a video replay was unable to determine whether a loose ball rolled out of bounds off Indiana or Milwaukee, officials called a jump ball with a little more than five seconds remaining and Indiana leading 90-89.

When the ball was tipped, Bogdanovic aggressively boxed out a Milwaukee defender, wrestled the loose ball away from his opponent’s hands and held onto it tightly as he was dragged to the ground before a foul was called.

“I just tried to box out [Eric] Bledsoe like on a free throw,” Bogdanovic said. “I was really, really locked in [at the foul line] and I knew that I was going to hit both of them.”

Bogdanovic was locked in all night — just as he has ever since his zero-point outing against Charlotte. Bogdanovic made 9 of 13 from the floor and 5 of 7 from beyond the arc.

After Bogdanovic’s free throws, Milwaukee had a chance to tie it, but Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 3-pointer from the wing hit the front of the rim as time expired.

Thaddeus Young finished with 10 and seven rebounds, and Victor Oladipo had 14 points, five assists, five rebounds and 10 turnovers.Speech

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