Three takeaways as the Indiana Pacers give up late run and lose to the Milwaukee Bucks

The Indiana Pacers kicked off a four-game road trip Monday in Milwaukee, taking on the 2021 NBA champion Bucks. The Bucks were without Giannis Antetokounmpo, which gave the Pacers a chance to grab a much-needed win.

Instead, the Pacers’ late-game defense was terrible. Milwaukee, even without Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton, scored 39 points for the fourth quarter and found an extra gear the Pacers didn’t have. Rather than taking a chance to get back on track, the Pacers fell flat late.