Monday, March 5 at Chicago
Game Rewind: Bulls 92, Pacers 72
Following one of his first halves of the season with a brilliant third quarter, Derrick Rose sparked a decisive 28-7 run in the third quarter with 11 points, including three 3-pointers, as Chicago took control and beat the visiting Pacers 92-72 Monday at United Center.
The Pacers (23-13) had a six-game win streak snapped by the Bulls (32-8), who won their seventh in a row.
Indiana led 43-42 at halftime as Rose had just two points on 1-of-9 shooting but the reigning league MVP took over the game in the third quarter.
BY THE NUMBERS
Paul George scored 21 on 8-of-17 shooting to lead the Pacers but he was 0-of-4 from the 3-point line. George Hill scored 17 off the bench on 6-of-12 shooting. Danny Granger scored 11, just two in the second half, on 4-of-12 shooting. David West had 10 points and nine rebounds. Roy Hibbert battled foul trouble and produced just two points in 25 minutes. The Pacers were outrebounded 60-32 and outscored 50-29 in the second half, during which they shot .263 from the field.
Luol Deng led the Bulls with 20 points, adding six rebounds and four assists. Rose scored 13 with nine assists and finished 5-of-16 from the field but 3-of-6 from the 3-point line. John Lucas scored 13 off the bench, Ronnie Brewer had 11 with seven rebounds and Taj Gibson 10 with nine rebounds for the Bulls.
"Give credit to the Bulls. They won all the hustle stats, won all the loose balls, obviously kicked our butts on the glass. Clearly, they took control of the game in the third quarter by getting red-hot from the 3-point line. We struggled to execute offensively all night and when we did we had a lot of guys have bad shooting nights." - Pacers Coach Frank Vogel
"If you execute you can beat them. We proved that last time we were here. We had a poor night with our offensive execution." - Vogel
"They got a lot of open threes and hit them and also got out in transition. We got stagnant, that is part of what disrupted our offense. When you let a team at home as good as this is get momentum on you, they can score a lot of points in a short amount of time." - Granger
"We just didn't execute offensively. They made it tough for me because they front the posts. It was a tough night for me as I was out of rhythm because I got in foul trouble early." - Hibbert
STAT OF THE GAME
The Pacers posted season lows in total points, points in a half (29 in the second) and field goal percentage (.341). They also produced their biggest deficits in rebounds (32-60, minus 28) and second-chance points (4-20, minus 16).
After a taut first half with some surprising twists, the Pacers led 43-42. With George scoring 11, Hill 10 and Granger 9, the Pacers got the bulk of their scoring from perimeter players as center Roy Hibbert was in foul trouble most of the half and was scoreless.
Chicago, meanwhile, got an unexpected lift off the bench from reserve point guard John Lucas, who scored nine points in seven minutes and sparked an 8-0 run that put the Bulls up 33-26 early in the second quarter. Hill and George combined for 12 as the Pacers countered 14-5 to take a 40-38 lead.
Rose had just two points on 1-of-9 shooting in the first half as Chicago's starters totaled 17 points on 5-of-24 shooting (.208). Led by Lucas, the second unit came through with 25 points on 11-of-17 shooting (.647).
Things changed quickly and thoroughly in the third quarter as Rose started hitting everything, including three 3-pointers in a 28-7 run that blew it open. Deng also consecutive 3-pointers in the run, including a deep shot-clock-beater that made it 64-51 and seemed to take what wind was left from the Pacers' sails.
Indiana was outscored 33-13 in the third quarter, outrebounded 18-7 and shot just 6-of-22 as the Bulls took a 75-56 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Pacers had a brief challenge, putting together a 10-3 run behind their reserves to trim the deficit to 83-70 with 3:38 remaining but with a chance to cut it to 11, Lou Amundson had his layup blocked by Kyle Korver. Lucas made a pair of free throws and Deng followed with a three-point play to put it on ice.
Bulls shooting guard Rip Hamilton left the game less than 90 seconds in with a right shoulder problem. He did not return. … The Pacers were without backup center Jeff Foster (sore back) for the second game in a row and 25th game of the season. He will not play Tuesday night against Atlanta. … Chicago backup point guard C.J. Watson (left ankle) missed the game.
The Pacers return home for another big game against a team battling for playoff position Tuesday when Atlanta comes to Bankers Life Fieldhouse (7 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana). The teams have split two games this season, the Pacers winning 96-84 at home on Jan. 11 as Danny Granger scored 24, with the Hawks winning at home 97-87 on Feb. 8 ad Josh Smith had 28 points, 12 rebounds, five steals and three blocks.