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Lillard finished with 28 points on 6-of-20 shooting in 45 minutes, but he did not take a shot and went scoreless in overtime. He told Rivers he wanted to stay on the floor to serve as a decoy for Middleton, who hit tying 3-pointers with 2 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and again with 8 seconds left in overtime. Bucks, bucks vs pacers, Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, tyrese haliburton, Indiana Pacers



Damian Lillard exits the game in the first quarter after suffering an apparent leg injury. (0:59)

Lillard finished with 28 points on 6-of-20 shooting in 45 minutes, but he did not take a shot and went scoreless in overtime. He told Rivers he wanted to stay on the floor to serve as a decoy for Middleton, who hit tying 3-pointers with 2 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and again with 8 seconds left in overtime.

"I just wanted to be on the floor in case opportunity came up or however I could help," said Lillard, who revealed that one of his Achilles had been sore following the Bucks' regular-season finale in Orlando. "We're gonna get back and just have to get ahead of it because that's not something that you want to play with. It's one of those spots on your body where you literally can't, you can't do nothing it. If you can't move you can't move. We have a couple of days to start and try to get ahead of it. Get it feeling better and get ready for Sunday."

Game 4 is Sunday night in Indianapolis.

The Bucks were unsure Middleton's status leading into the game after he twisted his right ankle in Game 2 on Tuesday. Once Middleton went through his pregame routine and felt like he could push off and change directions, he felt good enough to play.

In the first quarter, Lillard gave the Bucks a scare. Pacers forward Pascal Siakam landed on Lillard's heel during a layup attempt, which Lillard said caused him to twist his left knee. He was down for several moments on the floor before he went to the locker room and eventually returned to the game.

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"When I went out there, I knew it was gonna be a little uncomfortable but I didn't feel like I was putting myself in danger," Lillard said.

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