The Indiana Pacers shot just 27-73 (37.0%) from the field and lost the rebounding battle 46-42 in a disappointing outing that resulted in an 89-77 loss to the Chicago Bulls. Chicago (40-31) has now won back-to-back games after defeating Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.
Taj Gibson came off the bench and put up 23 points on 9-15 shooting from the field and 5-5 from the free throw line. Other top performers for Chicago were Mike Dunleavy with 13 points and 8 rebounds, and Joakim Noah with 10 points and 8 rebounds. Despite the loss, Paul George scored 21 points for Indiana on 8-22 shooting, including 1-6 from behind the arc. He also tallied 7 rebounds. David West chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds.
The Pacers had a myriad of misses, most of which they were unable to corral (combining an eFG% of 39.7% with an OR% of 14.0). When falling below 45% and 20% in those respective categories, they are winless (0-4) this season. The Bulls, conversely, are 3-2 when holding the opposition below those marks.
This drops Indiana (51-20) to 2-2 versus Chicago on the season.
Coming up next, the Bulls take on the Portland Trail Blazers, who are 45-26 on the year. The Pacers match up with the Miami Heat, currently 48-21 this season. The Bulls are 0-1 versus Portland this season. The Pacers are 1-1 versus Miami this season.
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