Indiana coach Frank Vogel elected to rest all five of his starters, but his B-team found a way to pull off the late victory against a Milwaukee team that holds the league's worst record.
With 4.9 seconds remaining and the score tied at 102, Indiana inbounded from the left sideline to Copeland, who broke open at the top of the key. Ramon Sessions switched onto Copeland before the play began, and Copeland decided to drive hard at the smaller defender going right. Pulling up just before he reached the protected circle, Copeland leaned into a runner that swished through with less than two seconds remaining.
Milwaukee was out of timeouts and had to settle for a desperation three-pointer from behind halfcourt, which missed, delivering a two-point victory to Indiana.
Copeland finished with 18 points (on 7-for-8 shooting), three assists and two rebounds. Luis Scola led the Pacers with 24 points ( on 11-for-17 shooting), nine rebounds and three assists. Evan Turner added 23 points (on 9-for-18 shooting), nine assists and seven rebounds in the win.