NBA Game Summary - Indiana at Chicago
(Wednesday, January 23rd)
Final Score: Chicago 108, Indiana 95
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Kirk Hinrich poured in a career-high 38 points to go along with 10 assists and seven rebounds, as the Chicago Bulls defeated the Indiana Pacers, 108-95, at the United Center.
Andres Nocioni finished with 24 points and seven boards for the Bulls, who were without the services of forward Luol Deng (left Achilles tendinitis), and guards Chris Duhon (bruised left knee) and Ben Gordon (sore right wrist).
Joakim Noah came off the bench to net 14 points and grabbed a game-high 15 boards for Chicago, which has won two of three.
"Kirk was unbelievable tonight," said Chicago coach Jim Boylan. "He did everything that we could possibly want him to do out there. He controlled the tempo, he took big shots and he made big plays. He really, really stepped up in a situation in which we were obviously undermanned."
Danny Granger scored a career-high 33 points for the Pacers, who have lost two of three. Jeff Foster contributed 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Kareem Rush added 13 points in defeat.
"It was our shot selection I did not like," said Indiana coach Jim O'Brien. "We took a lot of challenged shots early. That is not what we want to do. That, however wasn't the whole story. They (Chicago) played a very aggressive defense and were all over the ball. We just weren't getting the movement we needed."
Staring at a 14-point deficit, the Pacers opened the third quarter on a 13-4 run to trim the margin to five. Granger and Rush jump-started the spurt by draining back-to-back threes and Mike Dunleavy followed with a pair of free throws. Granger knocked down another trey and sank a jumper to cap the flurry, and bring Indiana within 61-56.
Chicago missed its first five shots of the frame. The Pacers stayed close, and in the dying seconds of the stanza, Shawne Williams made a jumper and Indiana entered the fourth quarter down 79-73.
The Pacers scored the first four points of the quarter to make it a two-point game, but a 10-3 spurt gave the Bulls an 89-80 lead. Later, Noah's slam made it 97-87 with about four minutes left and Chicago pulled away down the stretch.
Noah nailed a hook shot to give the Bulls a 19-14 lead with four minutes left in the first, but a baseline jumper by Granger set off a 7-0 run to put the Pacers ahead 21-19. Chicago held a 27-24 lead at the end of the quarter after Adrian Griffin's floating jumper.
Early in the second quarter, Dunleavy's jumper knotted the game at 29. Chicago then went on a 21-4 run, pounding the ball inside, to go up 50-33. The Bulls made four consecutive layups, with two coming from Nocioni, before Hinrich knocked down a trey. The Bulls carried a 57-43 advantage into halftime.
Hinrich shot 4-of-5 from beyond the arc...Thabo Sefolosha scored 14 points for the Bulls...Chicago shot 47.6 percent from the floor, while the Pacers made 38.6 percent of their shots...The Bulls won the battle on the glass, 48-44.
01/23 23:54:53 ET