The Chicago Bulls blew a 21-point lead on Tuesday to fall to the Indiana Pacers, 116-110.
Chicago held a 16-point lead at halftime before the Pacers turned up the intensity in the second-half, outscoring the Bulls 70-48 in the final 24 minutes.
“It’s not one player or one thing. It’s a multitude of things where we look overwhelmed when the intensity level goes this way. (pointed up),” Billy Donovan said after Tuesday’s loss. “And we have to respond better to that. That’s kind of what it is. We have a high-character group. But we have to be able to fight.”
DeMar DeRozan led the Bulls with 33 points on an efficient 14-of-21 from the floor while Zach LaVine struggled, shooting just 4-of-14 and 0-of-7 from 3-point range.
Check out the player grades below.
DeMar DeRozan: A
DeRozan led the way for the Bulls in Tuesday’s loss, finishing with a game-high 33 points, five rebounds, and three assists on 14-of-21 shooting from the field while Zach LaVine struggled to put the ball in the basket.
Zach LaVine: C
As noted above, LaVine struggled on Tuesday, finishing with just 14 points and six turnovers on 4-of-14 shooting from the field and 0-of-7 from downtown. LaVine referenced his finger injury after the game that hindered his shooting.
Nikola Vucevic: B+
Nikola Vucevic had another strong performance on Tuesday, finishing with 20 points, eight rebounds, five assists, and two blocks on 9-of-14 shooting from the floor.
Ayo Dosunmu: B
In Tuesday’s loss, Ayo Dosunmu finished with seven points, four rebounds, three assists, and one steal on 3-of-7 shooting from the field in 25 minutes of action.
Alex Caruso: B-
Alex Caruso played 28 minutes off the bench on Tuesday, finishing with four points, seven rebounds, one assist, and one steal on a team-low -13 while on the floor.
Coby White: C+
In Tuesday’s loss to Indiana, Coby White finished with eight points, three rebounds, three assists, and two steals on a poor 3-of-11 shooting from the field.