Fast-Break Recap: Indiana Pacers 111, Chicago Bulls 94

Game 6: Chicago Bulls (3-3) lose to Indiana Pacers (3-3), 111-94

Nov. 5, 2016
Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Indianapolis

Quick Take

The Bulls failed to be efficient on both ends of the court Saturday night. Their offense was stagnant, they defended poorly, and they appeared to have no energy. The Bulls were coming off a loss to the New York Knicks the previous night, but they hardly looked as if they had a chance against the Pacers.

It was like this from the get-go, as Chicago committed three turnovers in its first four possessions of the game. The Bulls were also outscored 31-15 in the first quarter, which well represents how the game as a whole went.

Chicago’s only real sign of hope came far too late for it to make a difference.

Bobby Portis played well in his garbage minutes, scoring 14 points in the final quarter. The second-year big man out of Arkansas made a 3-pointer and faked a 3-pointer that led to a dunk.

Player of the Game

Jeff Teague
Teague led all scorers with 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the field. He also added one rebound, six assists and a steal. He also made 3-of-5 3-point attempts and was plus-16.
Honorable Mention
Bobby Portis mostly played garbage time, but he made the most of it. In fact, in his 18 minutes of playing time, he tied Jimmy Butler‘s team-high 16 points. Portis scored 14 of those points in the fourth quarter alone, accounting for nearly half of the Bulls’ 30 fourth-quarter points. He also scored 10 straight points to open the quarter.

Portis shot 7-for-9 from the field, made his only 3-point attempt and posted five rebounds and an assist.

Key Numbers

Much like in Friday’s loss to the Knicks, the Bulls’ shooting wasn’t particularly terrible, but they defended as such. The Pacers made 53.5 percent of their field goals, going 46-for-86 from the field. Meanwhile, the Bulls shot 43.0 percent, going 34-for-79 from the field.
The Bulls’ 17 assists compared to the Pacers’ 27 assists is further evidence of how poorly the Bulls’ offense worked.
Coming into Saturday’s game, the Pacers ranked last in the league defensively, allowing 115 points per game. That was nowhere near the case against the Bulls, though, as they only let the Bulls score 94 points. It wasn’t entirely that the Pacers defended well, as the Bulls didn’t look to have the energy to even produce anything, but it was still a factor.

Injury Report

Michael Carter-Williams reamins sidelined with a left knee bone bruise and sprained his right wrist. He was determined to miss four to six weeks.

Looking Forward

The Bulls face the Orlando Magic on Monday night at the United Center.

For more on the Bulls’ loss to the Pacers, check out our full recap.

Ashley is the owner/editor of The Bulls Charge. Follow her on Twitter at @wijangco12.

Ashley Wijangco

<p>Ashley Wijangco is the owner and editor of The Bulls Charge. She is currently a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign majoring in news-editorial journalism, minoring in public relations, and earning a SportMedia certificate with the hopes of becoming a professional sports writer or a sports media professional.<br />  <br /> Born in Chicago and raised in the Chicago suburbs, Ashley grew up as a Bulls fan, eventually becoming a die-hard fan. Her passion for the team then inspired her to pursue a career in sports media, an area she has been involved with since 2012 when she began writing and live-tweeting games for FanSided’s Bulls site, Pippen Ain’t Easy. She is also Kirk Hinrich’s biggest fan and refuses to stop supporting him no matter how unproductive he has become.<br />  <br /> Aside from The Bulls Charge, Ashley is also the co-editor-in-chief for Illio, her school’s yearbook and a columnist at Hoops Addict, a basketball website.</p>

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