MIKE DUNLEAVY
Scored 25 points, 15 in the fourth quarter, making 13-of-16 free throws to lead the Pacers in scoring.
Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Marquis Daniels 24:27 -7 David Harrison 9:16 -6
Travis Diener 36:02 -6 Troy Murphy 30:29 +1
Ike Diogu DNP --- Jermaine O'Neal DNP ---
Mike Dunleavy 40:32 0 Andre Owens DNP ---
Jeff Foster 35:24 -1 Kareem Rush 16:52 -12
Stephen Graham 0:34 0 Jamaal Tinsley DNP ---
Danny Granger 39:56 0 Shawne Williams 6:28 +1
Season plus-minus | Box score
  • Points in the paint: Bulls 40, Pacers 20
  • Fast-break points: Bulls 16, Pacers 8
  • Second-chance points: Bulls 14, Pacers 11
  • Points off turnovers: Bulls 29, Pacers 8
  • Starters scoring: Pacers 78, Bulls 46
  • Bench scoring: Bulls 67, Pacers 19
  • For the second game in a row, the Pacers' bench was dominated, this time 67-19 by the Bulls. Adding Toronto's 55-24 margin Monday night, the two-game total is 122-43.
    The Pacers travel to Toronto for a rematch with the Raptors, who left Conseco Fieldhouse with a 102-98 victory Monday, in Toronto Friday (7 p.m., FSN-Indiana, WFNI-AM 1070).

    Chicago 113, Indiana 107
    Bulls bench overwhelms Pacers

    By Conrad Brunner | Feb. 27, 2008


    Larry Hughes and Ben Gordon took care of the second quarter. Hughes was the man in the third. Andres Nocioni then took over in the fourth.

    With game-changing performances from a variety of reserves, the Bulls simply had too much for the Pacers in a 113-107 victory Wednesday in Conseco Fieldhouse.

    With Hughes racking up a game-high 29 to lead the way, Chicago enjoyed a 67-19 advantage in second-unit scoring – 23-0 in the fourth quarter.

    "They're very talented," said Coach Jim O'Brien of the Bulls' second unit. "We're 0-3 against Cleveland and two of the starters that but us three times (Hughes and Drew Gooden) are now coming off their bench along with Ben Gordon and Andres Nocioni and a player I respect a lot, Chris Duhon, didn't even play. They're very athletic, very deep and they have a toughness to their team."

    The Pacers shot 6-of-19 (.319) and committed four turnovers in the fourth period.

    "Fourth-quarter turnovers and wasted opportunities bit us. Tough to lose like that," said O'Brien. "It seems like I say this quite a bit because it happens quite a bit. We're not getting the job done in the fourth quarter and it's cost us a number of winnable basketball games."

    The Pacers (22-36) lost their third in a row and sixth in seven games with a familiar pattern. They played well in spurts, opened a 74-63 lead midway through the third quarter, and were then simply outclassed. After the Pacers took their only double-digit lead of the game, it was eliminated by a 14-2 Chicago run – with eight straight points coming from Hughes.

    The Bulls (23-34) outscored the Pacers 34-13 in a span of 11½ minutes to build their own double-digit lead, 97-87, with 7:22 remaining.

    "We need to improve our mental toughness," said O'Brien, "because if it was where we needed it to be we would be executing the plan that got us the lead."

    Mike Dunleavy scored 15 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, including 11 in a row at one point, and his free throws with 5:51 remaining cut the deficit to 97-94. But Hughes scored five quick points and the Bulls pushed it to 103-94. The Pacers got no closer than five the rest of the way.

    Travis Diener scored a career-high 22 to go with nine assists for the Pacers. Troy Murphy scored 19 and Danny Granger 17 with eight rebounds. Jeff Foster pulled 15 rebounds.

    Luol Deng (16) and Joakim Noah (11) were the only Bulls starters to score in double figures. In addition to Hughes' 29, the Bulls' bench produced 15 from Gordon, 11 from Nocioni – eight in the fourth quarter – and 10 points and 15 rebounds from Gooden.

    Noteworthy …


  • Shawne Williams did not play the second half for what the team described as "personal reasons." After the game, reports surfaced that a man was arrested on a warrant for murder after leaving Williams' home, according to police.
  • This was the 14th time the Pacers have blown a double-digit lead in a loss.

    PACERS COACH JIM O'BRIEN
    Listen to Coach O'Brien's postgame press conference

    “The fourth quarter…turnovers and missed opportunities did us in. It’s tough to lose like that. It seems like I say it quite a bit because it does happen quite a bit. We’re losing basketball games in the 4th quarter. Clearly, we’re not getting the job done. They are very talented. We’re 0-3 against Cleveland. And two of their starters from those games are now coming off Chicago’s bench. The trade has made them very deep. They are very athletic.”
    PACERS GUARD TRAVIS DIENER
    (On career high scoring) "We can kick that out the window because we didn’t win the game. We didn’t get the job done.
    (Is this playing in their heads?) "No, I don’t think this is messing with our heads. We’ve just got to reach down and find a way to close these games out. We’re showing the energy and we must continue to do that. It’s just the same story at the end. We do not like to lose."
    (On going to Toronto) "We just have to focus and play good hard basketball. We just have to defend them better this time and do a better job.”
    PACERS FORWARD DANNY GRANGER
    “Overall was negative, we did not win. We played with a lot of energy but just didn’t get the job done. The Bulls additions really brought a total improvement and made them very deep and able to substitute freely towards the end. We just lost.”
    BULLS COACH JIM BOYLAN
    “Obviously it was a huge win for us. The chemistry is coming together a little bit. The guys are really determined. This was a good competitive game with Indiana. The two teams are in the same kind of situation. Our defense still needs a little bit of work. The guys are not totally focused on the defensive end. They’re not quite ready. We’re going to continue to work on that. Those guys play hard and make plays. At the end of the day, it is basketball and they do what they do and play with their strengths. We have to continue to move the ball and play with each other and we could be a pretty good offensive team."
    (On the recent trade) "We won’t know the advantage of a trade until down the road, but I am happy with the guys that we have.”
    BULLS GUARD BEN GORDON
    (On the bench) "The dudes came off the bench and did a real good job. Larry did a great job. Drew came in and did some good things. The bench had an overall good offensive game."
    (On Larry Hughes) "He got hot and he made some nice plays and we tried to keep getting him the ball. You can definitely see the potential that we have with our offensive fire power. We have some bigs that can make plays around the rim and hit shots and guys like Larry that can score from the perimeter.”
    BULLS GUARD LARRY HUGHES
    (on his adjustments to new team) "I’m happy with it. Obviously, we did a lot of winning in Cleveland and I gained a lot of experience, but I was ready for a change. I like the position that I’m in here. The guys have helped us (he and Drew Gooden) out since we’ve come over. It is a new terminology, different sets. Just need a little time to translate everything. But it comes down to just playing basketball."
    (On his 29 points) "I got on kind of a roll. I was doing a lot of moving without the ball and I just got aggressive and wanted to see what would happen. We’re a young team. We don’t have everything figured out yet. But if we play well and we execute, we’ll give ourselves a chance to win games. We’re moving the ball we’re sharing the ball and we’re getting five, six, seven guys in double figures every night. That works in our favor.”