Game 6: Chicago Bulls (3-3) lose to Indiana Pacers (3-3), 111-94
Nov. 5, 2016
Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Indianapolis
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Bulls face the Orlando Magic on Monday night at the United Center.
Ashley is the owner/editor of The Bulls Charge. Follow her on Twitter at @wijangco12.