by Dave Spahn / @davespahn and Jeremy Bauman / @JBauman13

FIRST QUARTER

– Baseline view, Drew Gooden lent his go-tee to John Salmons for tonight (just kidding).

Indiana Pacers intro video is interesting… to say the least. They pass the ball around on the streets of Indy while chasing a metal creature. Don’t worry, though. They finally kill it with a Roy Hibbert chest pass and start their introductions.

Brandon Jennings with a nice hesitation move early. His ball handling skills are so far beyond his years. Looks like a kid with a yoyo.

John Salmons with his first touch at the 8:43 mark. He needs to be more involved if they want to be a factor in this game.

– Pacers using a lot of flex type movements along the baseline. The high post player isn’t trying to force the pass, but sometimes is missing the open man.

– The atmosphere here is like a high school/European game with the small but rowdy Bucks fans holding up big flags during the break and chanting with the Pacers section back and forth. “You can’t do that!” “What’s a Pacer?” “Sit down Shut up!”- aimed at Drew Gooden when he got his technical at the 4:53 mark in the second quarter, “You got traded!” and “Brandon is better!”- both aimed at Darren Collison while he was at the free throw line with around 1 minute to go, are all chanted back and forth between teams. The Milwaukee Bucks brought down a nice sized crowd that is really into the game. Hibbert blows them a kiss after they chant “Bogut’s Better!”

– Pacers on top 20-18 after one. The Bucks are hanging around despite shooting 6-24 (25 percent).

– For all of you Darren Collison fans: He likes books over magazines, Pac-man over Donkey Kong, apples over bananas, retro over new school, and hates rain and snow. Interesting.

SECOND QUARTER

Corey Magettee with the play of the game, no doubt. He dunked right over 6-10 Solomon Jones and made it look easy. We’ve come to the conclusion that he is quite a strong guy for a 6-5 shooting guard.

– The Pacers do human hamster racing during a timeout with their mascot called Boomer sliding across the floor in front of them. Pretty entBrandon Jenningsertaining.

Keyon Dooling keeps it going with his third triple in as many attempts while Danny Granger hit two straight shots (8 points) to get on track as well.

– Jennings makes some plays that are Iverson-esque. His ability to elude contact and turn his body multiple times in the air makes him look like he is in a video game.

– Collison hit a 33-foot buzzer beater while fading to his left to push the Pacer lead to a game-high 8 points, 60-52.

THIRD QUARTER

– Jennings triple ignited the Bucks after trading baskets and turnovers for the first few five minutes of the third quarter. After a Pacers turnover the Bucks pulled to within two, 66-64 after a Salmons triple on the right side.

– Another Salmons triple from the same spot cuts the lead to one, 68-67.

– I’ve caught myself staring at the Bucks bench about 13 times already thinking “what if Kelvin Sampson was still coaching at IU?” Well, I would have had very exciting basketball to watch the last three years, that’s what.

– A personal 8-0 run consisting of a Euro-step, lefty finish combo, corner trey ball, and wing trey by rookie Paul George pushed the lead back to 76-67 with under a minute to go in the period.

– A Maggette jumper and a free throw by Luc Mbah a Moute made the deficit more manageable heading into the fourth, 76-70 in favor of the Pacers.

FOURTH QUARTER

– Milwaukee goes on a 6-0 run to start the quarter and take their first lead of the half before James Posey knocked down a triple of his own. After a Maggette jumper the score is 79-79.

– The Bucks have relied on John Salmons to create buckets in the middle portion of the fourth. He’s producing buckets and getting to the line.

– Did Mike Dunleavy and Roy Hibbert just run a basketball version of Iniesta and Messi’s give-and-go ability in futbol? I think they did.

– After an Ersan Ilyasova triple and a Jennings steal and lay-in, the Bucks are in control with a 90-85 lead with 3:27 to go.

– Who do the Pacers go to in crunch time? Granger misfires on two consecutive possessions—a contested jumper after driving right and a three on the left wing.

– Great drive and dish by Salmons to Mbah a Moute puts Bucks ahead 92-86. Looks bleak for Indiana faithful’s.

– Darren Collison taking matters into his own hands. After sinking two free throws he stole the ball on the Bucks ensuing possession and finished at the rim. 92-90 Bucks with 1:00 to play.

– Granger misses a one dribble pull-up from the wing with 26 seconds to go.

Salmons fouled at the rim with five seconds to play. He hits them both and Bucks escape with a hard fought 94-90 W on the road after being down most of the game.

POSTGAME

Paul George on if he’s gaining a better feel for the NBA game:

“I’m just trying to be more assertive and more aggressive when I get the ball. It’s a lot easier for people to guard you when you’re passive. I don’t want to be the guy who defenders want to guard.”

George on the main difference from college ball to pro ball:

“The players. These guys are the most athletic, the biggest, the fastest, and the smartest players in the world. That’s a huge difference between the low-mid major level teams I went up against every game last year.”

Corey Maggette on the dunk:

“I didn’t even know I made it. I felt something crunch in my mouth, so I thought my tooth got knocked out. Then I stepped up to the line and the ref said, ‘One shot!’ and I was shocked. I missed the free-throw though, so I was too pissed about that to really know what happened.”