CHICAGO (AP) –Domantas Sabonis scored 21 points, Malcolm Brogdon added 16 more and the Indiana Pacers routed the Chicago Bulls 109-77 on Monday night.
Myles Turner also scored 12 points and had 10 rebounds in Indiana’s second straight win.
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“It feels like we’re gaining a foothold,” Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said. “We are a team that will not receive any free lunch from anyone. We have to accept this fact, and it has to be something that brings us closer and closer. “
DeMar DeRozan led the Bulls with 18 points, while Zach LaVine scored 17 – just the second time this season he’s been held within 20 points.
It was a one-sided affair for much of the night, with Indiana extending their lead to 35 points in the fourth quarter. Chicago had a few offensive spurts, but finished with 36.5 percent shots for the game. The Bulls played their reserves throughout the final period.
The Pacers came out of the gate shooting all cylinders offensively, opening with a 26-9 run. Justin Holiday and Caris LeVert scored six points each in the first four minutes.
“Beating a strong, successful team is important to us,” Holiday said. “We tried to figure out how we can play for a full 48 minutes. Our main goal when we arrive is to play together and play hard. To be able to do that tonight and win like we did, it’s good for our team to see that when we play that way it works.
Indiana led 67-46 at halftime with a big effort on the glass, passing the Bulls 28-16 in the first two quarters. DeRozan helped fuel a 10-3 run for Chicago to reduce the second quarter deficit to eight, but key baskets from Brogdon and Kelan Martin in the home stretch pushed the Pacers’ advantage to 21 points at the break. .
Chicago, playing on the second night of a game in a row, seemed slow at first, dropping 7 of 22 from the floor in the first quarter, only 1 of 7 with 3 points.
“We missed a few good looks,” Bulls coach Billy Donovan said. “As the game started to hit double digits we got very, very stagnant. The ball didn’t move well enough and we didn’t generate enough for each other.
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DeRozan and LaVine entered the game as the NBA’s fourth and fifth top scorers, respectively. But the two stars received little offensive help on Monday, with the Bulls’ other three starters combining for a total of 10 points. Lonzo Ball missed all seven shots.
Pacers: Indiana’s five starters ended the night scoring in double digits. … Indiana’s defensive rebound efforts created plenty of early scoring opportunities. The Pacers recovered 21 defensive boards in the first half, which helped them beat Chicago 14-2 in counterattack points.
Taureans: C Nikola Vucevic remains in the cardiovascular testing phase of the league’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Vucevic was released from solitary confinement on Sunday after being sidelined on November 11. The Bulls have yet to determine if he will travel for Wednesday’s game in Houston. … G Alex Caruso (bruise on his wrist) was injured at the last minute. He injured his wrist on the recent Chicago West Coast trip and made it worse by taking a load in Sunday’s game against New York.
Pacers: Host the Los Angeles Lakers Wednesday night.
Bulls: in Houston Wednesday night.
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