Game 14: Chicago Bulls (9-5) lose to Indiana Pacers (10-5), 104-92
November 27, 2015
Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Indianapolis
The Bulls fell behind early despite taking the 7-4 lead to begin. The Pacers got into a groove after that while the Bulls found themselves in a offensive drought that wasn’t made up for on the defensive end.
In the entire first quarter, the Bulls made just five field goals and three free throws to give them 18 total points. Meanwhile, the Pacers racked up 30 first-quarter points, and it gave them enough momentum to carry the lead throughout the remainder of the game.
The Bulls made a little run to end the first half with Kirk Hinrich and Nikola Mirotic combining for the Bulls’ last 11 points of the second quarter, cutting what was once a 16-point deficit down to nine, 51-42.
Mirotic’s 11-point third quarter helped the Bulls’ deficit remain a single digit one, but, come the fourth quarter, the Bulls couldn’t muster up the points they needed to get back into the game. It’s not like they didn’t have their chances either.
Early in the fourth quarter, three-pointers from Jimmy Butler, Hinrich and Derrick Rose brought the score to 79-72 in favor of the Pacers, but the Bulls couldn’t keep the momentum going, and the point differential reverted back to double digits.
It also didn’t help that the Bulls’s three leading scorers of Butler, Pau Gasol and Rose shot a combined 12-for-42 from the field for 35 total points.
Player of the Game
George was the game’s leading scorer with 33 points and added eight rebounds for a near double-double.
The Bulls failed to defend well in transition, allowing the Pacers to score 21 fast-break points. The Bulls also failed to get out in the open court a lot themselves, scoring just five fast-break points.
The Pacers did a lot of their work in the paint, scoring 42 points in that area. Meanwhile, the Bulls resorted more so to scoring elsewhere with just 28 points in the paint. Both teams even had similar made field goal attempts 32 for Chicago and 37 for Indiana so it’s not like the Pacers had significantly more makes. In fact, the Pacers had 87 field goal attempts while the Bulls had 92.
Matchup of the Game Result
Jimmy Butler versus Paul George
George came into Friday night’s game averaging 25.9 points, fresh off a 40-point performance from Tuesday. George didn’t quite match that number against the Bulls, but his 33 points off 11-for-24 shooting was enough to lead the Pacers to a victory as well as best out all scorers.
Butler, on the other hand, had one of his lesser games of the season in terms of scoring. He posted 16 points off 4-of-10 from the field. He did, however, also add five rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks.
The Bulls return home Monday night after a four-game long circus trip. They will host the San Antonio Spurs at 7 p.m. central.
Ashley is the owner/editor of The Bulls Charge. Follow her on Twitter at @wijangco12.