MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Bucks and Indiana Pacers have a history of bad blood. Naturally, Pacers coach Frank Vogel was asked if he expected any carryover from previous incidents into Tuesday's game.
His answer was telling. Vogel said his team doesn't go into games thinking about it, but another hard foul might "refresh" the Pacers' memory.
When two teams see each other as much as division rivals do, they get sick of each other. Wins get tougher to scratch out. Last season, Indiana had Milwaukee's number, winning all three meetings. Now, the Bucks are already 2-0 against the Pacers, part of a hot start against division rivals.
In 2011-12, Milwaukee finished with a 7-8 record against the Central Division during the lockout-shortened season. The Bucks already are 5-1 against division foes this year, the best intradivision winning percentage in the Eastern Conference and the second best in the NBA.
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