INDIANAPOLIS — Nikola Vucevic took benefit of Indiana’s lacking large males by posting 32 factors and 17 rebounds to assist the Chicago Bulls overwhelm the short-handed Pacers 113-97 Tuesday night time.
Chicago has received two straight since snapping a six-game shedding streak and moved inside one recreation of the Pacers for the No. 9 spot within the Japanese Convention. Vucevic additionally had 5 assists whereas going 14 of 29 from the sphere. All-Star Zach LaVine added 19 factors, eight rebounds and 6 assists.
The mixture was merely an excessive amount of for Indiana, which began the sport with out two-time All-Star Domantas Sabonis (sprained left ankle) and guard Malcolm Brogdon (sore proper hip), earlier than shedding Myles Turner within the third quarter with a sprained left ankle.
Caris LeVert led the Pacers with 20 factors and 6 rebounds. Edmond Sumner and Jeremy Lamb every scored 15 factors as Indiana misplaced for the ninth time in 10 dwelling video games.
Chicago took management with a 15-Three run early within the second quarter, taking a 45-33 lead. It was by no means actually shut afterward. The Bulls led 62-49 at halftime. When the Pacers minimize the deficit to 81-72 within the third quarter, Chicago answered with a 9-Zero run.
Bulls: Chicago received the season sequence 2-1 with the highway workforce successful every recreation. … Vucevic posted his 33rd double-double this season. He was tied for fourth within the league coming into the sport. … Thaddeus Younger had 14 factors, seven rebounds and 5 assists in opposition to his former workforce. … Lauri Markkanen had 15 factors and Coby White had 13 factors.
Pacers: LeVert has scored in double figures 10 instances in 13 video games since coming back from surgical procedure to take away a cancerous development on his left kidney. … Turner had 10 factors and has now had not less than one block in 64 consecutive video games. He wound up with three blocks. … Doug McDermott scored 11 factors.
Indiana performed simply its fifth dwelling recreation for the reason that All-Star break Tuesday, a span of 32 days wherein the Pacers additionally shared Bankers Life Fieldhouse with the NCAA males’s basketball event and the 4 boys basketball state championship video games. However given their dwelling woes, they could have appreciated a bit time on the highway. The Pacers are 8-15 on their dwelling court docket this season. And with 13 video games remaining at Bankers Life, they’ll want a robust end to increase the NBA’s longest lively streak of consecutive successful seasons at dwelling to 32.
The Pacers performed a lot of the second half with out 4 of their projected opening day starters. Along with Brogdon, Sabonis and Turner, T.J. Warren, final season’s high scorer, will miss the remainder of the season with a stress fracture in his left foot. Lamb performed regardless of having a sprained proper toe, and backup middle Goga Bitadze left within the first half after he appeared to endure a head damage. He changed Turner within the second half.
Bulls: Go to Toronto in Tampa, Florida, for a make-up recreation on Thursday.
Pacers: Host Minnesota on Wednesday.