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                    === Bulls hand Pacers their 1st loss ===
 
 Chicago,  IL (SportsNetwork.com)  - Luol  Deng  led seven  Chicago players  in
 double  figures with  23 points, and the Bulls handed the Indiana Pacers their
 first  loss of  the season  with an  impressive 110-94  verdict at  the United
 Center.
 
 Indiana  hadn't allowed less than 91 points in getting off to a 9-0 start, but
 the  Bulls shot 50.6 percent from the field and went a scorching 11-of-19 from
 3-point  range  en route to  their fourth  consecutive victory following a 1-3
 beginning to the campaign.
 
 Derrick  Rose, back from a mild hamstring injury that kept him out of Friday's
 clash  with Toronto, knocked down 6-of-11 attempts from beyond the arc as part
 of  a 20-point effort. The Bulls also received 15 and 13 points, respectively,
 from  reserves  Taj Gibson and  Kirk Hinrich  while dominating the Pacers from
 virtually start-to-finish.
 
 "We're  just focused on getting better," Gibson said, adding that this was not
 a statement win. "We just came out and executed well and it worked our way. We
 understand we have a long way to go."
 
 The  Bulls also held  Indiana star Paul George to a season-low 12 points on 3-
 of-14 shooting and led by as many as 33 points in the rout.
 
 Roy  Hibbert topped the Pacers with 14 points and 10 rebounds, with David West
 and Chris Copeland finishing with 13 points in the loss.
 
 "They  had great  energy and played harder.  They wanted to beat us. We didn't
 play like we wanted to beat them," West said.
 
 Chicago  wasted  little time in making  a statement, building a 15-5 lead just
 over 4 1/2 minutes in on the strength of a 10-0 run that Rose ignited with his
 first  3-pointer  of the  night. Deng  poured in 12  points during the opening
 period to stake the Bulls to a 31-20 advantage entering the second.
 
 The  Bulls didn't  turn down  the intensity  in the  second quarter,  with the
 margin  stretching  to 42-24  midway through the  frame following a successful
 tip-in  by Gibson.  Rose later buried two more triples within a 49-second span
 to  increase the lead to 53-30, then sank another just before the close of the
 half to send Chicago into the break owning a substantial 60-35 cushion.
 
 Chicago  made  12-of-18 field goal  attempts, including  all five of its tries
 from  beyond the arc,  during the second quarter while holding the Pacers to a
 woeful 7-of-28 success rate from the floor for the session.
 
 Indiana  failed to  make any  headway  in the  third quarter,  with the  Bulls
 pushing  the  lead to 82-49  after Jimmy Butler was  fouled while hitting a 3-
 pointer  and converting the ensuing bonus shot. Chicago was ahead comfortably,
 84-59, entering the fourth.
 
 The  Pacers were  able to  trim  their deficit  somewhat in  the late  stages,
 outscoring Chicago by a 12-5 count over the final four-plus minutes.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 George had netted at least 21 points in each of Indiana's first nine games ...
 Including  the  2011 Eastern Conference Playoffs,  the Bulls are 13-5 in their
 last  18  meetings with Indiana  when Rose plays. The  Pacers won three of the
 four  matchups  between  the  clubs  last  season,  which  Rose  missed  while
 recovering  from a  torn ACL ... Copeland went 3-for-4 from 3-point range, but
 the  rest  of Indiana's roster  combined to go  1-of-12 from long distance ...
 Chicago improved to 4-0 at home this season
 
 
 
 
 11/17 00:49:30 ET