Hinrich paces Bulls in win over Pacers
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Kirk Hinrich netted 23 points to lead the
Chicago Bulls past the Indiana Pacers, 89-80, at the United Center.
Luol Deng added 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Bulls, who have won two of
their last three games overall. Andres Nocioni came off the bench to add 12
points and six rebounds in the victory.
Al Harrington led Indiana with 19 points and Danny Granger added 18 points and
was 5-of-6 from beyond the arc for the Pacers, who have lost two of their last
With the game tied at 77-77 in the fourth quarter, Ben Wallace grabbed an
offensive rebound and his put back gave the Bulls the lead with 2:14 to play.
After Jermaine O’Neal missed a jump shot for the Pacers, Chris Duhon grabbed
the rebound and stormed down the court and made a layup to give Chicago an
81-77 edge with just a 1:26 remaining.
Granger answered at the other end with a three-pointer to make it a one-point
game. Hinrich, though, hit a three of his own to give the Bulls an 84-80 lead
with 19 seconds to play.
Darrell Armstrong then ended any chance for an Indiana come back after he was
hit with a flagrant and technical after a hard foul on Nocioni. Armstrong was
immediately ejected after arguing the call.
Chicago hit all five free-throw shots down the stretch to seal the victory.
Indiana outscored Chicago 23-19 in the second quarter to take a 48-43 lead
into halftime. Harrington led the Pacers with 13 points over the first two
Hinrich led the Bulls with 10 points in the first half as Chicago committed 11
turnovers over the first two quarters of action.
The Pacers took a 66-59 lead into the final quarter after each team scored 18
points in the third. The Bulls opened the final stanza with an 11-3 run to
take a 70-69 lead. Deng donated four points during the stretch.
Chicago shot just 38.3 from the field as a team and finished with 19
turnovers…The Bulls outrebounded the Pacers 51-28…Wallace finished with 18
boards and eight points…Indiana was 8-of-18 from the three-point
line…O’Neal had 12 points and eight rebounds for the Pacers.