JAMAAL TINSLEY
Battled virus but not only played, he played well, scoring 21 points with five assists, three steals and a block.
RICK CARLISLE
"The first quarter was abominable. When you give up 42 points on 83 percent field-goal shooting, you're just not there. That's got to be unacceptable to us no matter who's available. After that I thought we played hard and pretty well but the first quarter was our undoing. They've been a real problem for us and tonight was no different."
Points in the Paint:
Pacers 36, Bulls 34
Fast-break points:
Bulls 6, Pacers 2
2nd-chance points:
Pacers 7, Bulls 6
Points off turnovers:
Bulls 21, Pacers 19
Starters scoring:
Bulls 71, Pacers 59
Bench scoring:
Bulls 35, Pacers 32
In their five-game road losing streak, the Pacers have yielded averages of 61.8 points and 56.4 percent shooting to opponents in the first half. Their average halftime deficit has been 12 and four of the five opponents have scored at least 60 points, including the Bulls, who led 66-50 at the break.
The three-game tour of the top contenders in the Central Division concludes Wednesday in Conseco Fieldhouse against Richard Hamilton and the Detroit Pistons.
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  • CHICAGO 106, INDIANA 91
    Undermanned Pacers Battle But Lose

    At United Center | Dec. 11, 2006


    The end was relatively familiar – a slow start leading to a double-digit road loss. The means, however, couldn't have been much different.

    Playing without three starters – Stephen Jackson was suspended, Jermaine O'Neal nursing a sore left hamstring and Al Harrington the victim of a bug that spread quickly through several members of the team – the undermanned Pacers stumbled out of the gate but put forth a game effort thereafter.

    But the ultimate result was a fifth consecutive road loss, 106-91, to the Bulls Monday in Chicago. The Pacers allowed at least 100 points for the sixth straight road game and dropped to 11-12 overall, 5-10 on the road. Chicago won for the eighth time in nine games to move past Indiana in the Central Division standings at 11-10 overall, 8-2 at home.


    PLUSES

    Those that played performed well after the shock of the first quarter. First-round pick Shawne Williams, on the active roster for the first time, made his NBA debut in the first quarter and wound up producing 13 points, eight in the fourth quarter, with two assists and two blocked shots in 27 lively minutes. Jamaal Tinsley wasn't expected to play because of illness but scored 21 points with six assists and three steals. Danny Granger moved into the lineup and scored 21 on 8-of-14 shooting, including 4-of-6 from the arc. Sarunas Jasikevicius delighted the usual throng of Lithuanian fans present in Chicago by scoring 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting, adding five assists off the bench. Maceo Baston established another career high with 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting, adding four rebounds and a block. The Pacers shot well (.514) but struggled in other facts of the game.
    MINUSES
    The defense yielded .571 shooting to the Bulls, including 15-of-18 in a 42-point first quarter, and the Pacers were outrebounded 34-21 and outscored from the line 26-8. Jeff Foster managed just two rebounds in 31 minutes. Ben Gordon led the Bulls with 23 off the bench, while Luol Deng added 22 with four assists and four rebounds. Andres Nocioni scored 19 with seven rebounds. Ben Wallace had a 10-points, 13-rebound double-double, while Kirk Hinrich had 10 points and nine assists. Chris Duhon and P.J. Brown also scored 10.
    MOMENTS
    The first quarter was basically the game, as the hot-shooting Bulls used a 12-point run late to open a 36-19 lead on their way to a 42-25 advantage at the end of the period. The Pacers stabilized in the second period and made a couple of runs in the third. Jasikevicius hit consecutive 3-pointers to cut it to 79-70, but Chicago countered with a 10-3 run to rebuild the lead to 91-75 early in the fourth.

    Williams provided a major spark for the Pacers' last stand, scoring six quick points preceding 3-pointers from Granger and Jasikevicius that brought the deficit down to 98-89 with 4:43 remaining. But Gordon went to work, scoring the Bulls' next six points as the Pacers' shots stop falling to put the game away.


    TIDBITS
  • The ninth starting lineup of the year featured Tinsley and Darrell Armstrong in the backcourt, Granger and Baston at the forwards and Jefff Foster at center.
  • Chicago's 42 first-quarter points were a Bulls season-high as well as a season-high for a Pacers opponent.
  • Reserve Marquis Daniels also was unavailable because of illness.