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By Sam Smith | 3.18.2015 | 9:30 p.m. CT
The Bulls Wednesday delivered a dominant performance in a 103-86 victory over the Indiana Pacers.
Nikola Mirotic off the bench continued his spectacular month of March with a game high 25 points, 20 in the second half. Mike Dunleavy had 21 points, Pau Gasol had 19 points and 12 rebounds and Joakim Noah had 14 rebounds as the Bulls outrebounded the Pacers 52-38.
The Bulls improved to 41-28 and 21-14 at home while the Pacers fell to30-37. It was the Bulls second win in the last seven games.
The Bulls got off to a spirited start with a pair of Mike Dunleavy threes, an early 11-6 lead that was 24-22 Bulls after one quarter as Dunleavy added another later. The Bulls opened up a 47-35 second quarter lead with Dunleavy on the way to 19 first half points and five of seven threes and led 51-41 at halftime. The Pacers pulled within 64-61 after Joakim Noah drew his fourth foul early in the third quarter. But the Bulls closed the third impressively behind the ambitious play of Nikola Mirotic for a 76-68 leading entering the fourth. The Bulls then pulled away in the fourth in a game they controlled throughout.
1. Mike Dunleavy got going early with his best game in a month, and it was no surprise it came with the Bulls playing faster and getting Dunleavy three point shots in transition.
2. Joakim Noah was aggressive on the boards and helping the Bulls to a solid rebounding edge after two poor rebounding games before drawing a fourth foul early in the third quarter. The Bulls also were getting the forwards helping on the boards.
3. It was another active game from Nikola Mirotic, who is proving to be an excellent defensive rebounder and Noah-like in being able to rebound and get out on the break or outlet pass to try to speed up the Bulls offense.