Bulls Top Pacers to End Indiana’s Season-Opening NBA Win Streak
Luol Deng scored 23 points as the Chicago Bulls won 110-94, ending the Indiana Pacers’ nine-game winning streak opening to the National Basketball Association season.
Indiana (9-1) 9-0 record was the best season start since the 2002-03 Dallas Mavericks went 14-0.
Derrick Rose, recovering from a sore right hamstring, scored 20 points and Taj Gibson had 15 points last night for the Bulls (5-3), who owned a 60-35 halftime lead on their home court at the United Center in Chicago.
“We got off to a good start,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters. “(The Pacers) missed some shots that they usually make. Overall, I thought it was a good win. We played very unselfishly.”
The Pacers shot 40 percent from the floor and 78.6 percent from the free-throw line while the Bulls sank half their field goal attempts and 79.2 percent of their foul shots.
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