NBA Game Summary - Chicago at Indiana
(Saturday, November 6th)
Final Score: Indiana 100, Chicago 90
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Stephen Jackson poured in a team-high 24 points and Jermaine O'Neal added 15 points with 10 rebounds off the bench, as Indiana defeated Chicago, 100-90, at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Ron Artest and Fred Jones each netted 14 points for the Pacers, who opened the season 3-0 for the first time since 1995-96.
Jones connected on 4-of-7 from beyond-the-arc for Indiana, which sizzled from three-point land as it hit 11-of-23 (48 percent). Jamaal Tinsley handed out 12 assists in the win.
"The biggest strength on our team is our depth," said Austin Croshere, who came off the bench to score 11 points for Indiana.
Luol Deng scored a game-high 25 points to pace the Bulls, who have lost 13 straight and 14 of their last 15 at Indiana. The last time Chicago won at the Pacers was on March 17, 1998.
Ben Gordon chipped in 17 points and Kirk Hinrich added 12 for Chicago, which turned the ball over 23 times in the setback.
In a tightly played first quarter Indiana led 27-24 and looked for some breathing room in the second.
Jackson's layup pushed the Pacers lead to 44-38 with 4:12 left in the stanza. The game remained close and Indiana headed to the locker room with a 54-49 edge.
Deng paced the Bulls with 18 points off the bench, while Jackson led the Pacers with 18 points as well after 24 minutes of play.
The Pacers started to pull away in the third as Artest's driving layup stretched the margin to 61-52 with 9:32 left in the stanza.
Chicago proved pesky, though, and climbed back into the game thanks to a three and a jumper by Gordon in succession, bringing the Bulls to within 61-57.
However, following Gordon's points, the Bulls went ice cold from the floor as they converted just two baskets over the next 6:09. The Pacers then used a 13-4 flurry and capped it on Tinsley's free throw to make it 74-61 late in the frame.
"The way that he is able to space the floor by drawing in defenders to him really opens up the floor," added Croshere on Tinsley's performance.
The lead grew to 15 points at 82-67 heading into the fourth and Indiana never looked back.
Chicago trimmed the deficit to 90-79 on Deng's layup with under four minutes left in the contest. That was as close as the Bulls would get, though, as Croshere's three at the other end of the floor pushed the lead back to 14 to put the game away.
Indiana center Scot Pollard missed the game with a sore back that he injured in Friday's win at Boston. He was replaced by rookie David Harrison, who got his first career start, scoring four points in 16 minutes...Jones was 4-of-7 from three-point land...Indiana committed 26 turnovers...Deng shot 10-of-15 from the floor and 4-of-7 from the foul line.
11/06 23:15:15 ET