Dec 04, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls power forward Taj Gibson (22) reacts after a play against the Indiana Pacers during second half at the United Center. Indiana defeats Chicago 80-76. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Pacers escape with win, as Bulls fall short 80-76.

The Indiana Pacers beat the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on Dec. 4.

The visiting Indiana Pacers came into tonight’s playing without their star player, Danny Granger. The Chicago Bulls however came into this game, Derrick-Rose-less, adapting to changes as they have been for the season so far and now they’re without Richard Hamilton, as he has a torn plantar fascia in his left foot. Hamilton is listed as day-to-day.

With Hamilton out, Marco Belinelli and Jimmy Butler are in, to cover the two spot. Still, the team remained confident coming into this game.

Dec 04, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Indiana Pacers Paul George shoots the ball against Chicago Bulls Jimmy Butler and Joakim Noah during second half at the United Center. Indiana defeats Chicago 80-76. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

First quarter of the game, and Carlos Boozer makes the layup shot, with the assists from Kirk Hinrich. Boozer got Chicago’s first points of the game. George Hill however, retaliated, making a three-point shot, successfully.

Down the stretch, the Bulls had the lead for the entire quarter, until the Pacers finally got their first, with a Gerald Green getting a jumps shot. End of one quarter, and the Pacers lead by two, 20-18.

Onto the second quarter, and the Bulls got off to a hot start, as they lead by almost 4. Still, the Pacers came around to turn the tables, as tied the game 29-29, with a free throw from D.J. Augustin. Surprisingly however, Belinelli make a layup shot, from Hinrich’s assist, bring the Bulls on top at the half, 37-35.

Third quarter action underway, and the game was still a close contested contest. The Bulls were up six at one point, however the Pacers again came back, finishing off the third quarter with a five-point lead.

With the last, and finally quarter of the game underway, the Bulls were able to hang in, however it wasn’t enough as Indiana won the game, 80-76.

Although the game was close, Indiana out beat Chicago in several categories. First, they won in offensive boards, with 16 (Chicago only have 13), fewer turnovers at 12 (Chicago at 19), and fast break points at 14 (Chicago at 11). Nonetheless, Chicago had more points in the paint at 30 (Indiana 26).

Player statistics, and Paul George had the most points at 34 for Indiana, as Nate Robinson had 19 for Chicago. Hibbert outrebounded Boozer as Hibbert had 11 rebounds as Boozer fell short with 10.

The Bulls are now 8-8 just at the .500 mark, as the Pacers are now 9-9 at it as well.

The Indiana Pacers will now go on to battle against the Trail Blazers on Wednesday night, as the Chicago Bulls play the Cleveland Cavilers on Wednesday as well.

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