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             === Pacers keep rolling at home in win over Bulls ===
 
 Indianapolis,  IN  (Sports Network) - David  West netted a game-high 29 points
 and pulled down nine rebounds and Paul George recorded a double-double with 21
 points  and 11  boards,  as the  Indiana Pacers  defeated  the Chicago  Bulls,
 111-101, Monday.
 
 George Hill added 22 points on 7-of-10 shooting and dished out six helpers for
 the  Pacers,  who picked up  their 14th straight  home victory at Bankers Life
 Fieldhouse  and won their third straight overall. Lance Stephenson contributed
 15 points, five assists and four rebounds in the victory.
 
 "I  think we're starting to realize to trust each other, make the extra passes
 and  things like that," Hill said. "I think we're all starting to tie together
 and know that that's what we have to do to be successful."
 
 Marco  Belinelli  paced Chicago with  a season-high 24 points, despite playing
 on  a  bad ankle for the  majority of the  contest, and Nate Robinson added 19
 points  and nine assists  for the Bulls, who lost for the second time in their
 last  three games. Taj  Gibson scored 10 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in
 defeat.
 
 Hill and George stole the highlights late in the third quarter, as Hill dished
 out  a  perfect alley  oop pass  to George, who  caught it  for a reverse slam
 and  83-71 lead with 2:22 left in the stanza. The Pacers headed into the final
 quarter of play up 87-76.
 
 Chicago,  which was  without Joakim  Noah and  Kirk Hinrich  due to  injuries,
 struggled  offensively to  open up the second half, connecting on just 8-of-22
 shots from the floor, while being outscored in the paint, 12-2.
 
 The Pacers led by 14 just seconds into the fourth quarter on Hill's 3-pointer,
 but  the  Bulls and  Belinelli fought  back with  a 12-2  run after his jumper
 brought the visitors within 92-88.
 
 Stephenson  had an  answer with a trey and  two free throws -- in a span of 41
 seconds  -- helping Indiana grab some breathing room with 6:06 remaining and a
 96-88 advantage.
 
 Belinelli  again closed  the deficit  to four  points with  two minutes  left,
 however,  George's dagger  3-pointer with 1:18 to play made it 101-94. Indiana
 hit 10-of-10 free throws to close out the game the rest of the way en route to
 improving to 19-3 in home contests this season.
 
 "I'm  proud  of how we're  growing on the  offensive end," Indiana coach Frank
 Vogel  said.  "We're shooting over  50 percent over the  last five games -- 52
 percent  tonight. Still a  few too many turnovers but I'm pleased with how the
 ball is moving and the tempo that we're playing. We have to tighten the screws
 on 'D' and we'll be pretty good."
 
 Hill's  free throws 4 1/2 minutes into the contest increased Indiana's opening
 edge  to  15-4, before  the visitors  answered with a  25-13 flurry as Marquis
 Teague's  layup to close the first quarter made it 29-28. George provided some
 spark for the Pacers around the midway point of the stanza, as he stole Deng's
 errant pass for a fastbreak, only to pass the ball behind his back and through
 his legs to find a streaking Hill for an easy lay-in.
 
 Action  in  the second  stanza stayed  close with  five ties, although Indiana
 ended  the  first half outscoring the  Bulls 10-4 in  the final 3:36 to take a
 60-54 lead into halftime.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Indiana's  14th  straight home victory  ties the  longest for the Pacers since
 they  won  14 in a row  from Nov. 28, 2002  - Jan. 26, 2003 ... Chicago became
 just  the second  team, besides San  Antonio,  to score  in  triple digits  in
 regulation  play at Indiana this season ... The Bulls fell to 14-8 outside the
 United  Center and  are the only team  in the league with a better road record
 than  at home  ...  Hinrich is  expected  to  miss one  week  after having  an
 infection  cleaned  out of his right  elbow in Chicago on Saturday, while Noah
 missed his third straight game due to plantar fasciitis in his right foot.
 
 
 
 
 
 02/05 00:25:56 ET

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