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Game Recap: Pacers 109, Bulls 77

The Pacers defeated the Bulls, 109-77. Domantas Sabonis led all scorers with 21 points, 11 rebounds and four assists for the Pacers, while Malcolm Brogdon added 16 points, four rebounds and seven assi

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Game Recap: Pacers 109, Bulls 77

The Pacers defeated the Bulls, 109-77. Domantas Sabonis led all scorers with 21 points, 11 rebounds and four assists for the Pacers, while Malcolm Brogdon added 16 points, four rebounds and seven assi
Nov 23, 2021  |  00:01

Pacers Postgame: Nov. 22, 2021

Nov. 22, 2021 - Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle, Chris Duarte, Justin Holiday, and Domantas Sabonis speak with the media following Indiana's 109-77 win over the Bulls in Chicago.
Nov 22, 2021  |  26:37

Domantas Sabonis Posts 21 points & 11 rebounds vs. Chicago Bulls

Domantas Sabonis Posts 21 points & 11 rebounds vs. Chicago Bulls, 11/22/2021
Nov 22, 2021  |  00:01

Brissett in the Corner

Oshae Brissett hits a three from the corner
Nov 22, 2021  |  00:08

Brogdon Buries the 3

Myles Turner sets up Malcolm Brogdon for a clutch three
Nov 22, 2021  |  00:06

Holiday At the Top of Key

Justin Holiday hits a three from the top of key
Nov 22, 2021  |  00:07

Brogdon Buzzer Beater

Malcolm Brogdon drives to the basket and beats the buzzer
Nov 22, 2021  |  00:08

Holiday Sinks a Three

Justin Holiday hits an open three
Nov 22, 2021  |  00:07

Turner erases White at the rim

Block by Myles Turner
Nov 22, 2021  |  00:00

Turnover and LeVert Flies Ahead

Malcolm Brogdon forces the turnover and sends it ahead to Caris LeVert for a bucket
Nov 22, 2021  |  00:07

Turner Catch and Shoot

Domantas Sabonis sets up Myles Turner for a rainbow
Nov 22, 2021  |  00:06

Game Rewind: Pacers 109, Bulls 77

Monday, November 22, 2021 at 8:00 PM ET at United Center
by Brendan Rourke
Pacers.com Contributor

Game Recap

During head coach Rick Carlisle's pregame press conference, he emphasized that Monday's road matchup against the red-hot Chicago Bulls would be a good test for the Pacers. 
 

And the squad passed with flying colors.

With 10:17 remaining in the first quarter, Justin Holiday hit his second consecutive triple to earn a 6-5 Indiana lead. From there, the Blue & Gold never looked back. Indiana (8-11) rolled to a 109-77 rout of the Bulls (12-6) Monday night at United Center.

"Beating a team that's high-powered and doing well in our conference, it's big for us," Holiday said postgame.

In traditional Indiana fashion, the box score portrayed a beautifully balanced offensive game. All five starters finished in double figures as Domantas Sabonis led the way with a monstrous 21-point, 11-rebound double-double. Malcolm Brogdon tallied 14 points and a game-high seven assists, while Holiday finished with 14, shooting 4-of-7 from long range. The starters finished with a +/- rating of +127, and the defense held Chicago to just 31-of-85 (36.5 percent) shooting from the floor.

"I feel like we're getting up the floor quicker," Sabonis said of the starters' elevated play. "No matter if it's a make or a stop. We're running, throwing the ball ahead, and someone's creating an advantage off of that."

Myles Turner also had a solid night, finishing with 12 points, 10 rebounds, and four of the team's 12 blocks. Only DeMar DeRozan (18 points) and Zach LaVine (17) finished in double figures for the Chicago, who played without Nikola Vucevic and Alex Caruso on the second night of a back-to-back.

The Blue & Gold finished the first on 13-of-24 (54.2 percent) shooting. Holiday hit a pair of threes while LeVert followed with three consecutive buckets. On the other end, the Pacers utilized a zone defense to throw Chicago’s high-flying offense off course. Indiana grew its lead to 15-5 before the Bulls called a timeout at the 8:13 mark.

Despite the stoppage, the Pacers continued to pile on the points. A pair of buckets cut Indiana's lead to 17-9, but the Blue & Gold responded with nine unanswered to extend their early lead to 26-9 with 2:48 remaining. Indiana found success forcing the pace of play, finding mismatches in transition.

Down the stretch, the Pacers held firm, hitting the 30-point mark in the first quarter for the ninth time this season. With 1:13 left, Turner rose from the top of the key and nailed his second triple of the frame to give Indiana a 31-14 lead. LeVert finished with 10 points in the first quarter — tying the most points the Bulls have given up to a player in the opening quarter this season.

With Indiana leading 33-19, the hosts recorded a run of six unanswered to cut the lead to nine with 9:31 remaining in the second. Sabonis attempted to halt the run with an and-one finish, but the Bulls tallied four more in 20 seconds to trim the lead to 36-28.

However, the Blue & Gold appeared to find their footing midway through the frame. Leading 39-30, the squad mounted an 11-5 run over a 3:09 span to regain a 50-35 advantage with 4:32 to play. Reserve player Kelan Martin anchored the run after following a transition bucket with a baseline three from the right side.

Down the stretch, the Pacers continued to fire on all cylinders, carving the Bulls' defense like a Thanksgiving turkey. Leading 57-44, Turner tallied four straight, including a massive put-back slam off an offensive rebound. Brogdon then drove the paint and found a cutting Martin for a beautiful finish at the rim. The President then finished the frame with four of his own, including a buzzer-beating layup that pushed the lead to 67-46 at the break.

The Pacers kept rolling in the early moments of the third, stretching their lead to 74-50 on a tough left-handed finish from Sabonis in the paint at the 8:19 mark. On defense, both Brogdon and Turner picked up swats, stifling the Bulls' swift offense once more.

At the 7:50 mark, DeRozan hit a jumper in the paint to cut the Pacers' lead to 74-52. However, the Blue & Gold's defense held Chicago without a field goal for a 7:10 span, surrendering just four points on free throws during that span.

Meanwhile, on offense, everything kept clicking. Brogdon and Chris Duarte knocked in back-to-back threes in 20 seconds to push the lead to 83-55 with 4:00 remaining. Two minutes later, the rookie illustrated his passing ability, driving and finding Torrey Craig underneath for an easy finish. Ayo Dosunmu finally broke Chicago's drought with a triple from the left side with 40.8 seconds left. But, it did little to stop the Pacers' flow. Indiana led by as many as 31 before taking an 89-61 lead into the fourth.

As the Bulls' deep reserves started rotating in, it was evident the hosts were fatigued. The Pacers continued to keep their foot on the gas, stretching their lead to new season-highs. Jeremy Lamb's three with 7:32 remaining pushed the squad to the century mark and grabbed a 100-66 lead.

With 4:28 to play, rookie Isaiah Jackson returned to the floor for the first time since hyper-extending his left knee. 20 seconds later, he recorded his first career NBA block, stifling Troy Brown Jr.'s 3-point attempt.

"I'm just so thrilled to see (Jackson) back in an NBA game with no knee brace on," Carlisle said. "He's a guy that's going to be ready to help us if called upon."

The Pacers' deep reserves finished out the game without much of a problem, ending the squad's road-heavy start to the season in dominant fashion. But Indiana has little time to rest as LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers come into town for their first and only visit to Gainbridge Fieldhouse this year.

Inside the Numbers

The Pacers won the rebounding battle, 59-38.

Indiana turned the ball over 13 times but held Chicago to just five points off of them.

The Blue & Gold dished out 25 or more assists for the ninth time this season (27).

The Pacers have held four of their last five opponents to fewer than 100 points.

You Can Quote Me On That

"He's such a consistent player at both ends of the floor and such an important veteran on our team. He's a leader. He's just a very, very good player. To tell you the truth, it's hard to get him off the floor." –Carlisle on Justin Holiday's impact

"It says how good we are. We just have to bring that same energy day in and day out. (We have to) keep playing together and keep moving the ball. We played great defense today. That was the big key." –Duarte on what the win means for the team

"We're just sharing it. Guys are trusting each other. Coach is letting us run and be faster out there, and guys are willing to give it up. It's contagious. Everybody wants to go out there and have fun." –Sabonis on the increase in ball movement and assist numbers these past two games

Stat of the Night

The Pacers' defense limited the Bulls to just 77 points on 36.5 percent shooting, marking the first time Chicago has been held to fewer than 80 points since the 2019-20 season

Noteworthy

  • Indiana improves to 4-0 when all five starters finish in double figures this season.
  • The Pacers' 67 first-half points ties the most Chicago has surrendered in the first half this season.
  • Indiana has won their last six road contests against the Bulls dating back to the 2017-18 season.

Up Next

The Pacers welcome LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers to Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Wednesday, Nov. 24 at 7:00 PM ET to tip off a three-game homestand. Find Tickets »





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