The Pacers snapped a four-game losing streak after handling the Chicago Bulls 105-87 in the United Center. At halftime the Pacers led 45-35, and though second half issues have plagued Indiana recently, that was not the case tonight.
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The start of the second half is where they really started to separate themselves from Chicago. Bojan Bogdanovich was red-hot, hitting three triples to score nine of Indiana’s first 15 third quarter points. The third 3-pointer gave the Pacers a 60-42 lead and forced a Bulls timeout with 8:29 to go in the quarter.
The Pacers pushed their lead to 23 before the Bulls started to fight back. By the 5:05 mark in the third the lead had been cut to 18 thanks to an 8-0 Chicago run.
But the Pacers wouldn’t give up any more ground after that. At the end of the third, Indiana led by 19, 80-61.
The final period was more of the same for the visitors. A Lance Stephenson layup with 9:01 to play put the Pacers up 23, and from there it was apparent that the route was official.
Indiana took an early lead thanks to Bogdanovich and Thaddeus Young. Behind their combined 13 points, the Pacers established a 16-10 lead with 5:57 to play in the first.
After a break in the action, Indiana continued to roll offensively. A pair of Stephenson jump shots gave the Pacers a 27-14 lead with 1:01 to go in the opening period, and when the first was over, Indiana led 27-16.
In the second, the Pacers were able to maintain control. Lauri Markkanen drilled a 3-pointer to get the Bulls within eight around the quarter’s halfway point, but Indiana responded with back-to-back buckets to push the lead back to 12, 39-27, and force a Chicago timeout with 5:30 to play in the first half.
Over the last five minutes of the half, the Pacers maintained their lead and held a 10-point advantage heading into the locker room. Indiana never trailed en route to its sixth victory of the season.
Victor Oladipo led the Pacers with 25 points, six rebounds and six assists. Bogdanovich scored 22 and Young finished with 13 points.
For Chicago, Bobby Portis was the team’s leading scorer with 20 points. Markkanen amassed 12 points and 10 rebounds to finish with a double-double.
Inside The Numbers
The Pacers outrebounded the Bulls 51-43.
Cory Joseph tied for the team lead in assists with seven. It’s the most assists he’s dished out since joining the Pacers.
Stat Of The Night
The Pacers shot the ball well in their win over the Bulls. Indiana shot 51.2 percent (43-of-84), including 41.4 percent (12-of-29) from beyond the arc.
- Bojan Bogdanovich’s 22 points were the most he’s scored as a member of the Pacers.
- After scoring 13 points, Thad Young has now scored in double figures in nine straight games.
- After missing the last two games due to injury, Domantas Sabonis returned to the lineup and finished with eight points and nine rebounds.
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