Indiana Pacers 111 Chicago Bulls 101

Posted: December 30, 2016 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized
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With rumors circulating that head coach Fred Hoiberg is on the hot the seat the Chicago Bulls 2 game win streak came to and end as they drop a 111-101 afternoon tilt to the Indiana Pacers. This was the Bulls 6th loss in a row by double digits.

The Pacers scored the first 7 points of the game and as it turned out they would never trail the in game. The Pacers built there biggest lead of the quarter and the game when they took a 22-8 lead after a Myles turner dunk. The Bulls spent the rest of the quarter cutting into that 14 point lead and by the end of the 1st quarter they had knocked it down to 6 points at 28-22.

Indiana was able to build the lead back to double digits (10 points) early in the 2nd quarter at 37-27 after former Bull Aaron Brooks hit a 3-pointer. The Bulls where able to cut the Pacers lead down to 4 points on two different occasions. The last time was at 48-44 with 4:31 left in the quarter. The Pacers then went on a 14 to 6 run to end the quarter. At the half Indiana had a 12 point lead at 62-50.

Indiana was able to add a couple of points to there lead 71-59 after Jeff Teague hit a free throw. The closest the Bulls could get in the quarter was 8 points and while they did outscored the Pacers in the quarter they where only able to knock 1 point off the Indiana lead. The final 2:21 of the quarter saw the teams combine to miss 7 shots and the Bulls missed 3 of 4 from the free throw line. Indiana took a 84-73 lead into the final quarter.

The Bulls went on a 12 to 6 run to start the quarter and had the lead down to 5 at 90-85. Aaron Brooks hit a 3-pointer to make the lead 8 points and then the Bulls scored the next 5 points and the lead was down to 3 points at 93-90. After Michael Carter-Williams completed an old school 3-point play the Bulls had the game even at 95 all. The Pacers where able to get the lead back to 6 points, but a Dwayne Wade jumper made it 105-101 with 1:43 left to play. Sadly the officials had a hand in how the end of the game played out as they made a terrible clear path foul call that game Indiana 2 free throws and the ball back. Thaddeus Young made the 2 free throws and with those free throws Indiana scored the final 6 points of the game to take a 111-101 win.

Paul George led the at for the Pacers and was the games high scorer with 32 points. Thaddeus Young had 17 points while Myles Turner added 15 points. Glen Robinson III had 12 points and a team high 10 rebounds. Jeff Teague was the only Indiana starter to not score in double figures. Teague had 7 points, but handed out a game high 17 assists.

Jimmy Butler was the Bulls leading scorer with 25 points. Dwayne Wade added 20 points while Taj Gibson went for 10 points. Michael Carter-Williams (12 points), Cristiano Felicio (12 points) and Doug McDermott (10 points) all came off the Bulls bench to score in double figures. Felicio also grabbed a game high 12 rebounds.

The win improves the Pacers to 16-18 on the season. Indiana gets a day off as they host the 15-19 Orlando Magic on New Year’s Day. The loss puts the Bulls back under .500 at 16-17. Chicago returns home for a match up against the 15-15 Milwaukee Bucks tomorrow night.

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