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Pacers 99, Bulls 90

Sam Smith's three-point game summary

By Sam Smith | November 15, 2014 | 9:26 p.m. CT

The Indiana Pacers surprised the Bulls Saturday with a 99-90 victory in the United Center despite a career high 32 points from Jimmy Butler. But the Bulls were outrebounded 46-34 by the undermanned Pacers and shot just four of 17 on three pointers. A.J. Price off the bench and Luis Scola led Indiana with 21 points. The Bulls fell to 7-3 and are 2-3 at home. The Bulls now leave for a seven-game road starting Monday against the Clippers and do not return home until Dec. 2.

The Bulls were missing Derrick Rose, out with a hamstring strain. Though it was no excuse against a depleted Pacers team missing four starters with injuries. Still, Indiana playing the second of a back to back, led 46-42 at halftime with only Jimmy Butler with 12 points doing much offensively in the half. The Bulls pulled even late in the third quarter, but Luis Scola’s shooting shot Indiana back ahead 69-65 going into the fourth quarter.

Three Observations:

1. Missing Derrick Rose isn’t just about scoring. The Bulls had little pace to the game until late and allowed Indiana to play in its controlled tempo.

2. The Bulls reserves were inconsistent again, outscored by the Pacers reserves 30-20.

3. Rough game for Pau Gasol, who had 12 points but was just four of 15 as Roy Hibbert thwarted him inside and Gasol didn’t try to draw out Hibbert with his jumper.