NBA Game Summary - Chicago at Indiana
(Tuesday, February 9th)
Final Score: Chicago 109, Indiana 101
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Luol Deng scored 23 points to go along with 11 rebounds and Derrick Rose added 21 points and seven assists, as Chicago downed Indiana, 109-101, at Conseco Fieldhouse.
John Salmons added 21 points off the bench, Kirk Hinrich donated 17 points and Brad Miller chipped in with 13 for the Bulls, winners of two straight following a three-game skid. The Bulls came out victorious by clamping down on the defensive end and outscoring Indiana, 28-15, in the final period.
"We started off slow defensively. We battled back and made a couple of adjustments," said Bulls head coach Vinny Del Negro.
Danny Granger paced Indiana with 27 points and 10 rebounds, Troy Murphy donated 18 points to go along with 16 rebounds and Earl Watson chipped in with 14 points and six assists for the Pacers, who have lost five of seven.
"Rose (Derrick) in the open court was the difference in the basketball game. He attacks like a running back," said Pacers head coach Jim O'Brien.
Chicago held a slim 29-28 edge after 12 minutes of game action, and neither team could shake free in the early stages of the second period. Miller's jumper gave the visitors a slim 47-42 edge with just over 5 1/2 minutes on the clock, but the Pacers embarked on a 11-2 stretch to take a four-point edge thanks to Dahntay Jones' bucket for a 53-49 game.
Again, the see-saw action continued as Hinrich drained consecutive threes to put the Bulls back in front. The teams jockeyed for position over the final four minutes and Watson's trey accounted for the halftime margin and handed the hosts a 60-57 lead.
That margin grew to double figures at 73-63 after a quick seven-point flurry capped by a Brandon Rush three. The edge got as high as 11, but the Bulls rattled off nine points in a row, cemented by Rose's floater to draw within 77-75 late in the period. Mike Dunleavy's only bucket of the game capped the third-quarter scoring and gave the home team an 86-81 lead.
Indiana then made just three field goals over the first six-plus minutes of the fourth period. After Murphy's tip-in gave Indiana a 92-85 edge, the Bulls scored the next 11 to seize the lead. Successive buckets by Rose and Salmons opened a four-point margin for the visitors at 96-92.
The Pacers came within one, but ever got over the hump as six straight crucial points, capped by Deng's free throw with 1:23 to go, gave the Bulls a 104-97 lead and put the game away.
Deng and Rose were both a solid 9-of-18 from the field...Chicago made 50.6 percent of its shots, while the Pacers converted on 43.5 percent of their attempts...Chicago was just 3-17 in its last 20 road games in Indiana.
02/09 23:10:33 ET