NBA Game Summary - Indiana at Chicago
(Monday, December 11th)
Final Score: Chicago 106, Indiana 91
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Ben Gordon scored 23 points and was one of seven Bulls players to post double-digit points as Chicago toppled the short- handed Indiana Pacers, 106-91, at the United Center.
Luol Deng netted 22 points while Andres Nocioni donated 19 for the Bulls, who have won three straight against Indiana for the first time since the 1996-97 season.
Chris Duhon, Kirk Hinrich, Ben Wallace and P.J. Brown each contributed 10 points in the win.
Chicago shot an impressive 57 percent from the field.
Indiana was without Al Harrington and Marquis Daniels, both of whom missed the game due to a stomach ailment that has surrounded the team. Jermaine O'Neal, also sickened, sat out his third straight game with a sore left hamstring.
The Pacers were also without guard Stephen Jackson, who served a one-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team during Saturday's 107-75 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Jamaal Tinsley was also affected by the illness, but did play and had 21 points with six assists. Danny Granger had 21 points as well while Sarunas Jasikevicius posted 15 and Shawne Williams netted 13 for Indiana, which has dropped two in a row and five of its last seven.
Maceo Baston scored 12 points and pulled down four rebounds in defeat.
The game was essentially over from the start as Chicago went on a 16-5 scamper in the first quarter, capped by a jumper and dunk from Deng late in the first en route to a 42-25 advantage going into the second.
Nocioni finished with 11 points and Deng had 10 in a dominating opening quarter.
The Pacers continued to trail by double digits in the second and were faced with a 66-50 halftime deficit.
In the third, Granger's three-pointer with 6 1/2 minutes remaining got Indiana within 10, 73-63, but Gordon responded by scoring nine points as the Bulls maintained an 89-75 edge after three and cruised to victory in the final period.
Indiana finished 51 percent shooting.
Gordon finished 7-of-13 shooting...Granger shot 8-of-14 from the floor...Wallace also grabbed 13 boards...Hinrich had nine assists.
12/11 23:32:11 ET