Bulls hand Pacers first defeat of young season in lopsided contest

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“It was just a tough night for our guys. You have to give credit to the Bulls. They just outplayed us.” – Pacers coach Frank Vogel

Game Synopsis:
Yeah, we did just kind of outplay Indy didn’t we? From a 31pt. 1st quarter, to SIX three’s from Rose, to 50% shooting, the Bulls just kind of had one of those games. These are the games that continue to encourage fans of this team that there is a lot of basketball left to be played and we have not seen this particular group at their best yet. Rose hasn’t even been able to consistently finish at the rim yet, so that’s still something to look forward to as his game rounds into shape.

The Bulls performance in this game will perhaps be mistakenly regarded as some sort of “message” game, but I don’t think so. The momentum started with the Utah game, then vs. Cleveland and in Toronto they showed a more disciplined, balanced attack. In other words, Chicago was due for a game like this and it became more about their improvement than the opponent. Its a culmination of a lot of hard work and a commitment on the defensive end. They are also accustomed to winning basketball games, so they should be feeling right at home again.

  • Chicago led by as many as 33 at one point.
  • They shot a blistering 50% (58% from three) from the field.
  • The Bulls bench outscored the Pacers bench 40-32.
  • We narrowly outrebounded Indy 42-37.
  • Bulls had 25 assists on 40 made FG’s.

Game Changer:
Bulls just made shots. The first quarter saw the Bulls pull away from Indiana 15-5, prompting a timeout from Vogel. Paul George, David West and Lance Stephenson were preoccupied with foul calls or lack thereof and never seemed to settle into their game. The three ball also changed the game… Bulls ended up 11-19 vs. 4-16 for Indy.

Peak Performer(s):
D. Rose (CHI) 20 pts on 7-16 shooting | 4 asts | 0 turnovers | 1 stl | 3 rebs (6-11 from three)

Weak Performer(s):
P. George (IND) 3-14 and 0-3 from 3 for 12 pts in 33 mins

Main Hashtag:
#INDvsCHI

In-Game Tweets:

Sideline Skinny:

  • This win brought the Bulls record to 5-3.
  • We are officially on a winning streak of our own… 4 games.
  • Boozer and Copeland were issued technicals and got strangely ejected with 20 seconds left in the game for getting tangled up in the paint.
  • This was Rose’s first game back after missing the Toronto contest nursing a right hammy pull.
  • The six made three pointers tied a career high for Rose (who accomplished the same feat vs. ATL Mar 2011)

Quotable(s):

“That was completely taken out of context. What I meant by that is … I agree [with] what Derrick Rose said. It’s not rivalry. We haven’t won a championship, the team to beat is Miami, of course. All of that was taken out of context.” – Paul George (SF IND) Backpedaling his earlier comments (made after their 11.6 win over the Bulls) regarding Chicago’s success being confined to the MJ era… 

“They were giving me shots. I’ve got to take those shots. I saw some go in, so I kept shooting.” – Derrick Rose (PG CHI) On attempting 11 three pointers

“This was avoidable. I thought they had greater energy. Played harder. They wanted to beat us. We didn’t play like we wanted to beat them.” – David West (PF IND) 

What’s Next?

Its about to get real for the Bulls as they go prepare to go on their annual circus trip… I’ll try to do a preview for the trip and make some predictions now that a nice sample size of games have been played.

Before we do that though, we cannot look past the Bobcats who are playing great basketball this season, despite their .500 record. Kemba Walker is balling out. They’ve beaten CLE twice, NYK, BOS and TOR. Three of these were road wins. Just don’t want the Bulls to look past them as they prepare for the road.

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Game will air on CSN Chicago and ESPN 1000 at 7PM CST

I won’t be around to in-game tweet this one, but still follow us for the latest: @ChiTwnBullsBlog. Main hashtag: #CHAvsCHI

Go Bulls! Continue the win streak! –ct

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