Bulls Top Pacers to End Indiana’s Season-Opening NBA Win StreakNancy Kercheval
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.”
Roy Hibbert had 14 points for the Pacers and Paul George added 12 points.
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.