NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, February 27th (All times eastern)
Chicago Bulls (31-27) at Indiana Pacers (19-39), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Central Division rivals clash at Conseco Fieldhouse Saturday as Indiana plays host to a streaking Chicago Bulls team, aiming to sweep the season series with the Pacers for the first time in 13 years.
Chicago has already topped Indiana three times this season and a win tonight would give the club its first season sweep in the series since 1996-97.
The Bulls won for the sixth time in seven games on Friday when Luol Deng scored seven points in overtime, and Derrick Rose scored 33 overall, leading Chicago to a 115-111 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers in the Windy City.
Deng, playing with a balky left knee, finished with 23 points and seven boards, while Rose went 15-of-25 from the field for the Bulls, who snapped a five- game losing streak to the Blazers. Kirk Hinrich provided 17 points, while Hakim Warrick had 15 in the win.
"Turnovers were one of the reasons [Portland] was in the game," Rose said. "I have to stay focused and make sure I take care of the ball."
The Pacers, meanwhile, have been struggling recently and fell to Milwaukee in their most recent outing, a 112-110 setback on Thursday. The Bucks' John Salmons had 20 points in that one.
Danny Granger tallied a game-high 21 points for Indiana, which has lost three straight and seven of eight. T.J. Ford had 17 points, while Troy Murphy provided 16 points on 4-of-7 shooting from three-point range.
"We had our chances," Murphy said. "I'm hoping to get some wins...I'm hoping to win some games here sooner or later. It's getting to that point."
Earl Watson added 15 points, eight boards and five assists in a losing cause.
02/27 10:34:16 ET