After three-day break from games, the Chicago Bulls were back on the hardwood on Wednesday night to face Central Division foe, the Indiana Pacers. In terms of leading, the game went back and forth, but at the end of the night, Chicago failed to prevailed taking a 97-80 loss.
Derrick Rose got going very early by scoring on three straight possessions. This helped Chicago attain a 9-4 lead, but Indiana was able to catch up once the jumpers weren’t falling for the Bulls. Not only did the Pacers catch up, but they took the lead. Luckily for the Bulls, they never fell behind drastically, not yet anyway.
Chicago turned it around in the second quarter by really stepping up their defense and getting into the paint. With the help of free throws, the Bulls were able to tie the game at 27 and eventually end the half with a six-point lead, 43-37. The Bulls were also able to hold Indiana to 12 points in the period. Taj Gibson proved his continued efficiency by scoring 9 points in 12 minutes of play.
It didn’t take too long for the Pacers to make their way back from the halftime deficit. Chicago’s lead turned into a one-point deficit following a run by Indiana: a three from Lance Stephenson and a three-point play from Paul George.
It took until the end of the third quarter, but the Bulls were able to make a little run towards the end of the third quarter though. Kirk Hinrich made a three, and then Luol Deng completed a three-point play. Mike Dunleavy took advantage of a technical free throw, and suddenly, what once was an eight-point deficit became just one, 63-62. However, it didn’t make too much of an impact.
After going 0-7 from the field in the first half, Stephenson scored 12 of Indiana’s 34 fourth quarter points. This solidified an undefeated 5-0 record for the Pacers. The Bulls, on the other hand, remain under .500 with a record of 1-3.
Chicago was at a disadvantage in rebounding (52-40), points in the paint (28-14) and with fast break points (18-4). Neither team shot well from the field either, but Indiana’s 41.9% shooting fared better than the Bulls’ 35.6% form the field.
Deng and Rose scored 17 points apiece. Deng also added three rebounds, one assist and one steal while Rose also had one rebound and two assists. Kirk Hinrich followed up with 12 points, three rebounds, five assists and one block.
There will be one day for Chicago to regroup before they face the Utah Jazz at the United Center on Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. central.