NBA Game Summary - Indiana at Chicago
(Saturday, November 11th)
Final Score: Chicago 89, Indiana 80
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Kirk Hinrich netted 23 points to lead the Chicago Bulls past the Indiana Pacers, 89-80, at the United Center.
Luol Deng added 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Bulls, who have won two of their last three games overall. Andres Nocioni came off the bench to add 12 points and six rebounds in the victory.
"I'm pleased to get the win," said Chicago head coach Scott Skiles. "I don't think either team played particularly well."
Al Harrington led Indiana with 19 points and Danny Granger added 18 points and was 5-of-6 from beyond the arc for the Pacers, who have lost two of their last three.
"I thought we played pretty well, but we had some sequences in the fourth quarter that I wish we had again," said Indiana head coach Rick Carlisle.
With the game tied at 77-77 in the fourth quarter, Ben Wallace grabbed an offensive rebound and his put back gave the Bulls the lead with 2:14 to play.
After Jermaine O'Neal missed a jump shot for the Pacers, Chris Duhon grabbed the rebound and stormed down the court and made a layup to give Chicago an 81-77 edge with just a 1:26 remaining.
Granger answered at the other end with a three-pointer to make it a one-point game. Hinrich, though, hit a three of his own to give the Bulls an 84-80 lead with 19 seconds to play.
"In the fourth quarter we stepped it up," said Deng. "We gave ourselves a chance to win the game. Kirk hit a big shot for us."
Darrell Armstrong then ended any chance for an Indiana come back after he was hit with a flagrant and technical after a hard foul on Nocioni. Armstrong was immediately ejected after arguing the call.
Chicago hit all five free-throw shots down the stretch to seal the victory.
"It's a game we should have won," said Harrington. "We controlled it most of the game. At the end they got their hands on a few more loose balls than we did."
Indiana outscored Chicago 23-19 in the second quarter to take a 48-43 lead into halftime. Harrington led the Pacers with 13 points over the first two quarters.
Hinrich led the Bulls with 10 points in the first half as Chicago committed 11 turnovers over the first two quarters of action.
The Pacers took a 66-59 lead into the final quarter after each team scored 18 points in the third. The Bulls opened the final stanza with an 11-3 run to take a 70-69 lead. Deng donated four points during the stretch.
Chicago shot just 38.3 from the field as a team and finished with 19 turnovers...The Bulls outrebounded the Pacers 51-28...Wallace finished with 18 boards and eight points...Indiana was 8-of-18 from the three-point line...O'Neal had 12 points and eight rebounds for the Pacers.
11/12 00:03:56 ET