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Knight helps Bucks hold on for 87-81 victory over Pacers

  • Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Knight (11) drives to the basket past Indiana Pacers guard Donald Sloan during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. Milwaukee won 87-81. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)

    Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Knight (11) drives to the basket past Indiana Pacers guard Donald Sloan during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. Milwaukee won 87-81. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)  (The Associated Press)

  • Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders, left, grabs a rebound in front of Indiana Pacers forward Luis Scola during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.(AP Photo/R Brent Smith)

    Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders, left, grabs a rebound in front of Indiana Pacers forward Luis Scola during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.(AP Photo/R Brent Smith)  (The Associated Press)

  • Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland drives to the basket as Milwaukee Bucks guard Jerryd Bayless defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. Milwaukee won 87-81.  (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)

    Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland drives to the basket as Milwaukee Bucks guard Jerryd Bayless defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. Milwaukee won 87-81. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)  (The Associated Press)

Brandon Knight had 23 points and seven rebounds, making a key jumper with 22 seconds left, as the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Indiana Pacers 87-81 on Tuesday night.

Milwaukee blew most of a 17-point lead before holding on to snap a 16-game road losing streak.

The Pacers shot 39.7 percent while playing without starters George Hill (bruised left knee), David West (sprained right ankle) and Paul George (fractured leg).

Milwaukee led 43-38 at the half and opened the third quarter on a 10-0 run. The Bucks led by as many as 17. Chris Copeland scored 10 of his 19 points in the third quarter to help Indiana rally within 69-61.

The Bucks led by 11 in the fourth quarter but Indiana used a late 10-2 run to get within three on Copeland's 3-pointer with 42 seconds remaining. Knight answered with a 21-footer to put it away.

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TIP-INS

Bucks: The Bucks beat the Pacers for the first time since Dec. 18, 2012. It was just their third victory over their Central Division foes since Dec. 8, 2010. . The Bucks lead the all-time series against Indiana 91-80.

Pacers: The Pacers were 1 of 10 from 3-point range in the first half. . Indiana was held without any points in the paint in the first quarter . The Pacers turned the ball over 19 times, leading to 28 points.

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Bucks: Host Chicago on Wednesday.

Pacers: Visit Washington on Wednesday.