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Granger leads Pacers past Bucks, 118-109

By Cliff Brunt

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, April 19 2012 8:05 p.m. MDT

Milwaukee Bucks' Mike Dunleavy drives to the basket against Indiana Pacers' Lou Amundson during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, April 19, 2012, in Indianapolis.

Darron Cummings, Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — Danny Granger scored 29 points to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 118-109 on Thursday night and clinch homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

George Hill had 22 points and eight assists and David West added 21 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists for the Pacers, who won their seventh straight and 11th of 12. The Pacers have scored at least 100 points in 12 of their last 13 games.

Brandon Jennings scored 27 points and former Pacer Mike Dunleavy added 23 for the Bucks. Monta Ellis, one of Milwaukee's top scorers, finished with 12 points on 5-for-14 shooting. Milwaukee lost its third straight and is running out of time to catch Philadelphia for the No. 8 spot in the Eastern Conference standings.

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