After taking a 21-point lead, the Pacers rout the Bulls

After three straight wins, Chicago started the game very well, 20-5 thanks to two 3-point baskets by Nikola Vucevic, but especially with a very hot start by DeMar DeRozan. The Bulls are very effective offensively. Quite the opposite for the Pacers, who have had a lot of trouble making the basket. Chicago logically leads 33-21 at the end of the first quarter.

Chris Duarte tries to rally for Indiana early in the second quarter. Now he continues to score against Chicago and the difference in points increases to 15 (44-29).

Coby White or Derrick Jones Jr. via ZAch LaVine to DeMar DeRozan has everyone on the Bulls side. A well-oiled team that allowed Billy Donovan’s men to rise to the occasion (62-41). Thanks to the start at the end of the quarter, the Pacers go into the locker room trailing by just 16 points (62-46).

Myles Turner, who had seen little until then, scored 9 points as he returned from the locker room to bring Indiana back within ten points (66-57). The Bulls react through DeMar DeRozan and regain a 14-point lead (75-61). That’s where the Pacers would go for a 17-9 run. The sequence managed by the McConnell-Turner duo will allow them to return only 6 points (84-78). Chicago leads 87-80 at the end of the 3rd quarter.

Benedikt Mathurin on a beautiful “floater” allows his people to go back to just one owner of the Bulls eight minutes from the end (94-91). Myles Turner makes two free throws to tie the score (100-100). TJ McConnell then gave Indiana the lead for the first time in the game. At the beginning of the last two minutes, there is only a point difference between the two teams.

Benedict Mathurin makes a big 3-pointer in the last minute to give the Pacers a two-point lead (110-108). Buddy Hield causes a Bulls turnover on Caruso’s layup during a timeout. Indiana pocketed the victory (116-110), showing a perfect robbery and ahead of the Bulls in the standings!

WHAT TO REMEMBER

– Pacers’ “comeback”. Leading by 21 points with a few minutes left in the second quarter, Indiana was able to pull away for the win in front of its home crowd. Despite a rough start, the Pacers managed to pull themselves together with a high-quality second half to win 70-48. They also managed a tighter end game than Chicago.

– A two-faced Bulls team. Impressive in the first half thanks to a solid defense and effective attack, Chicago completely collapsed in the second half, unable to contain the opponent’s attack. The Pacers took advantage of this lapse in momentum to widen the lead and eventually win the game.

TOPS/FLOPS

✅ Benedict Mathurin. He showed very impressive maturity for a rookie. It was when he needed it in the tight end of the game that he had everything in hand: 26 points and 7 rebounds on 10/17 shooting.

✅ Myles Turner. Author of a fiery third quarter, scored 26 points on 11/21 shooting.

✅ TJ McConnell. Still missing was Tyrese Haliburton, who had the longest playing time of the match at 41 minutes. It wasn’t for nothing: 20 points on 9/14 shooting, along with 10 assists.

Terry Taylor. He was the surprise guest of the game with 11 points and 5 rebounds from the bench.

✅ DeMar DeRozan. Little to be ashamed of with 33 points on 14/21 shooting.

⛔️ Bulls second half. When they returned from the locker room, they were defeated 70-48…

NEXT

Pacers (24-25): back-to-back tonight at Magic.

Taurus (22-25): traveling to the Hornets on Thursday night.

Indiana / 116 Shots It bounces
Players Minimum Shots 3 points LF He D T p.d party Int bp CT +/- Points Rating
A. Nesmith 29 0/7 0/2 3/4 2 4 6 2 5 1 1 2 +1 3 5
Mr. Turner 32 11/21 2/7 2/4 2 5 7 0 3 0 0 1 +5 26 22
TJ McConnell 41 9/14 1/1 1/1 1 2 3 10 0 3 2 0 +9 20 29
B. Hield 39 5/14 4/11 5/5 1 4 5 4 1 4 1 3 +5 19 25
C. Duarte 26 2/11 2/8 5/5 2 7 9 3 2 1 2 0 -3 11 13
J. Smith 6 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 -1 0 0
T. Taylor 20 5/11 0/1 1/2 4 1 5 1 3 0 0 1 +3 11 11
I. Jackson 7 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 3 +2 0 5
T. Queen 6 0/3 0/2 0/0 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 -1
B. Mathurin 34 10/17 1/5 5/7 1 6 7 2 2 0 0 0 +9 26 26
42/99 10/37 22/28 14 31 45 24 21 9 6 10 116 135
Chicago / 110 Shots It bounces
Players Minimum Shots 3 points LF He D T p.d party Int bp CT +/- Points Rating
P. Williams 28 2/5 1/3 2/2 0 5 5 0 2 1 1 1 +2 7 10
D. DeRozan 40 14/21 0/0 5/5 1 4 5 3 5 0 1 1 -9 33 34
N. Vucevic 33 9/14 2/2 0/0 0 8 8 5 2 0 3 2 +2 20 27
Z. LaVine 38 4/14 0/7 6/7 1 2 3 4 2 0 6 0 -3 14 4
A. Dosunmu 25 3/7 0/3 1/2 1 3 4 3 1 1 2 0 +4 7 8
D. Jones Jr. 20 5/9 0/1 0/0 3 2 5 0 2 0 0 1 +2 10 12
A. Drummond 6 3/4 0/0 1/5 3 2 5 0 1 0 1 0 -7 7 6
C. White 23 3/11 2/7 0/0 0 3 3 3 3 2 0 0 -8 8 8
A. Caruso 28 0/3 0/1 4/4 2 5 7 1 5 1 2 0 -13 4 8
43/88 5/24 19/25 11 34 45 19 23 5 16 5 110 117

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