Game 2: Chicago Bulls (2-0) defeat Indiana Pacers (1-2), 118-101
Oct. 29, 2016
United Center – Chicago
After a pretty even first quarter, the Bulls came out on fire in the second quarter, outscoring the Pacers 38-21. Much of their points in the quarter came in transition, as the players really looked to get out quick and make passes to the open man. This started with a lineup of Michael Carter-Williams, Dwyane Wade, Doug McDermott, Nikola Mirotic and Cristiano Felicio, but the momentum they built carried on throughout the rest of the quarter and even set the tone for the remainder of the game.
With 9:15 left in the fourth quarter, the Bulls hit the century mark off a McDermott three.
Simply put, the Bulls never looked back after their second quarter outburst and never allowed the Pacers a chance to even make a run.
Player of the Game
Doug McDermott led not just his team but also all players in the game with his 23 points. He shot 9-for-14 from the field and 5-of-6 on 3-pointers to go along with his four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block.
Although he only had six points, Rajon Rondo had 13 assists for the night. Of those 13 assists, which were a game-high, 11 came in the first half alone.
While the Pacers had a good showing from their second unit with 49 points, the Bulls’ bench was just better. McDermott accounted for 23 of the second unit’s 58 points, and it’s this kind of bench production that the Bulls really need if they’re to succeed because it proves they can keep going without Butler, Rondo or Wade carrying them.
The Bulls also had a better effort during the game, as evidenced by them outrebounding the Pacers by 14. This makes an even bigger difference when also pointing out that the two teams were even in assists (34) and steals (12) and almost equal in turnovers — the Bulls at had 12 while the Pacers had 13.
Chicago’s aggressive play can be seen through the fact they attempted 21 free throws, and it even connected on most of them at 19. Meanwhile, Indiana couldn’t even reach double figures.
Inactive Players/Injury Report
The Bulls will travel to Brooklyn to face the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night.
Ashley is the owner/editor of The Bulls Charge. Follow her on Twitter at @wijangco12.