Pacers vs Bulls (Preseason)

Postgame: Pacers Locker Room - October 11, 2019

October 11, 2019 - Nate McMillan and Pacers players Myles Turner, Malcolm Brogdon, and Doug McDermott discuss Indiana's 105-87 win against the Chicago Bulls in the first preseason game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

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Postgame: Pacers Locker Room - October 11, 2019

October 11, 2019 - Nate McMillan and Pacers players Myles Turner, Malcolm Brogdon, and Doug McDermott discuss Indiana's 105-87 win against the Chicago Bulls in the first preseason game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Oct 11, 2019  |  01:57

Back Cut Basket for McDermott

October 11, 2019: Doug McDermott slips through and gets the wide open pass for an easy basket.
Oct 11, 2019  |  00:10

Holiday From Deep and the Foul

October 11, 2019: Edmond Sumner with the loose ball finds Justin Holiday for the open three and a foul.
Oct 11, 2019  |  00:10

Tough Basket and One For Turner

October 11, 2019: Myles Turner takes it into the lane to get the basket and one.
Oct 11, 2019  |  00:08

McDermott Wide Open Three

October 11, 2019: The extra pass finds Doug McDermott who nails the wide open three.
Oct 11, 2019  |  00:09

Nothing But Net Three From Turner

October 11, 2019: The wide open Myles Turner gets nothing but net for the three.
Oct 11, 2019  |  00:11

Warren Nails the Corner Three

October 11, 2019: Chicago Bulls vs. Indiana Pacers - The extra pass from Indiana's Justin Holiday finds a wide open T.J. Warren who nails the corner three.
Oct 11, 2019  |  00:11

Lamb Splashes in the Three

October 11, 2019: Jeremy Lamb with the quick release to put the Pacers up by 18.
Oct 11, 2019  |  00:10

Myles Hits From Deep

October 11, 2019 - Myles Turner dialed one up from range.
Oct 11, 2019  |  00:10

Lamb With the Tough Basket Down Low

October 11, 2019: Chicago Bulls vs. Indiana Pacers - Jeremy Lamb's drive into the lane ends in a tough earned basket down low.
Oct 11, 2019  |  00:08

Doug Shows the Range

October 11, 2019 - McDermott pulls up from beyond the arc.
Oct 11, 2019  |  00:08

Brogdon Drains the Three

October 11, 2019 - Malcolm Brogdon lined one up and knocked it down.
Oct 11, 2019  |  00:12

Edmond Walks the Baseline

October 11, 2019 - Edmond Sumner used a smooth move to find his way to the basket.
Oct 11, 2019  |  00:13

Game Rewind: Pacers 105, Bulls 87 (Preseason)

Friday, October 11, 2019 at 7:00 PM ET at Bankers Life Fieldhouse





Game Recap

By Brendan Rourke | Pacers.com Contributor

The Indiana Pacers played in Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the first time since April 21, 2019. And this result was much more pleasant than the last time they played here.

The Pacers marched to a 105-87 victory over the Chicago Bulls in their first stateside preseason game. Six players finished in double figures, led by T.J. Warren's 17 points. Domantas Sabonis led all Pacers players with 14 rebounds.

The Bulls, playing in their third preseason game in a five-day span, decided to rest their usual starters (Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen, Tomas Satoransky, and former Pacer Thaddeus Young) for the game. Coby White, the rookie guard from North Carolina, took advantage of his increased playing time and led all scorers with 24 points.

The Pacers got off to a slow start in the first quarter. After a quick 3-point shot by Jeremy Lamb to open the scoring, the Pacers then shot 2-of-10 from the field. Warren, the former Phoenix Suns player, extended the lead to 10-7 with a jumper before the timeout of the game with 6:48 left in the first quarter. Warren's 17 points was his second-highest scoring game of the preseason. He scored 30 points in the Pacers' first game against the Sacramento Kings in India.

After the timeout, newcomer Malcolm Brogdon hit his first 3-pointer of the game with 5:54 remaining in the first to extend the lead to 13-7. The Bulls managed to climb back to within one with five straight points from White before Brogdon stopped the run by sinking his second 3-pointer from the top of the key to extend the Pacers lead to 16-12. Brogdon was recently acquired in a trade with the Milwaukee Bucks.

"I think this team has a lot of talent this year," said Brogdon. "I can't speak for the team last year, but this year we have wings, we have guards that can score the ball. I think Myles and Domas sort of speak for themselves in terms of their ability. But the wings this year can create – other than Victor – we have guys that can create shots."

Brogdon finished the game with 14 points on 3-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc.

Myles Turner then scored his first five points of the game in succession to extend the lead to 22-13 with 1:56 remaining. He finished the game with 13 points and five blocked shots. After the game, Turner described the biggest takeaway from this preseason matchup.

"Just how competitive we are," he said. "Like I said. Last year we kind of, set the blueprint right on how we want to play, and I think guys just followed suit right away."

After ending the first on 1-of-5 shooting, the Pacers came out in the second quarter and used a 4-of-5 shooting stretch to go on a 12-4 run. After Bulls center Daniel Gafford completed an alley-oop dunk with 10:58 remaining in the second quarter, the Pacers' defense held the Bulls scoreless for the next 4:01, and the offense extended the lead to 36-23 before Bulls coach Jim Boylen called timeout with 7:16 remaining in the half.

The Bulls eventually cut the lead to 36-30 and appeared to put some pressure on the Pacers. However, it was quickly alleviated as Warren and Brogdon sank back-to-back 3-point shots with 5:38 remaining in the half to extend the lead to 42-30. It was the last time the lead fell below double digits. The lead climbed as high as 18 points before the Bulls cut the deficit to 50-40 with 1:02 remaining. Warren then ended the Bulls' momentum when he completed a 3-point play with 0:12 remaining to give the Pacers a 53-40 lead at the halftime buzzer.

With just over three minutes gone in the third, Turner energized the crowd with an acrobatic 3-point play on offense followed by a block on Gafford's baseline jumper to keep the lead at 61-46 with 8:49 remaining. 2;13 later, Turner blocked a Justin Simon shot off the backboard to keep the Pacers lead at 64-51. The defense then held the Bulls scoreless for the next 3:20 which helped extend their lead to 69-51. Overall, the defense forced 20 turnovers which resulted in 13 points.

Turner sank a 3-pointer from the left side of the key with 2:37 remaining to make the score 72-59 and stop another 8-0 Bulls run. Domantas Sabonis and TJ Leaf sandwiched a Ryan Arcidiacono jumper with a 3-point play and an easy layup to give the Pacers a 77-61 lead with 0:42 remaining. The team finished out the third by scoring the final nine points of the quarter, leading to a commanding 81-61 advantage heading into the fourth.

The Bulls never cut the deficit lower than 14 in the fourth quarter. The Pacers 4th quarter performance was highlighted by the play of Justin Holiday. Holiday scored the Pacers' first six points of the quarter, including a four-point play. Holiday received the ball on the right wing and sank a 3-pointer while falling down from a foul by Simon. Holiday then sank the free-throw to give the Pacers an 87-67 lead with 10:31 remaining.

The Pacers finally reached the 100-point mark on Edmond Sumner's two free-throws with 1:42 remaining in the game. Sumner then completed a 3-point play on their next possession to give the Pacers a 103-84 lead. They closed out the rest of the game without much resistance and easily walked away with the win.

"It's a little too early to know," Turner said on the team's outlook this season. "I think that everyone is committed to playing defense, and offensively we just have to figure it out. I think we have more firepower offensively this year. Guys are longer. Guys are able to get downhill more and attack more."

Inside the Numbers

10 Pacers players had more than 15 minutes of playing time this game.

TJ Leaf saw action for the first time this season. Leaf finished with seven points on 3-of-4 shooting in just over 15 minutes of game time.

The Pacers defense held the Bulls to just 18.5% shooting from 3-point range.

The Pacers out-rebounded the Bulls 43-36.

You Can Quote Me On That

"Absolutely. Absolutely. You look forward – you relish competition in the NBA. You want to play the starting group. No nod to those guys that come off the bench 'cause those guys competed hard. Kris Dunn – those guys are good pros as well. But, Otto [Porter Jr.], [Tomas] Satoransky, those guys. We definitely want to play against them." - Malcolm Brogdon on being slightly disappointed not playing the Bulls' starters.

Noteworthy

  • This is the first time the Pacers played an NBA team at home in the preseason since 2016.

Up Next

The Pacers will play in their fourth and final preseason game on Tuesday, October 15 against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM ET. Find Tickets »

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