Bulls, Pacers clash at Conseco Fieldhouse
(Sports Network) – The Indiana Pacers attempt to halt a four-game losing
streak when they host the Chicago Bulls tonight at Conseco Fieldhouse.
The teams meet one day after the Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts clinched
berths in this year’s Super Bowl.
Indiana enters the game on a four-game losing streak. David Lee had 20 points
and 16 rebounds off the bench, and Nate Robinson hit a trio of free throws
with under 11 seconds to play, as the New York Knicks held on to defeat the
new-look Pacers, 108-106, at Conseco Fieldhouse.
The loss spoiled the debuts of three new players for the Pacers. One of those
players, Mike Dunleavy, started in the game and ended with 14 points.
Dunleavy was acquired from Golden State on Wednesday along with Troy Murphy,
Ike Diogu and Keith McLeod. The Pacers in turn sent Al Harrington, Stephen
Jackson, Sarunas Jasikevicius and Josh Powell to the Warriors.
Murphy ended with 10 points and 11 rebounds, while Diogu played just over five
minutes and did not score. McLeod did not play because of a strained abdominal
Jermaine O’Neal led Indiana with 25 points and 10 rebounds, while Danny
Granger had 19 points. Jamaal Tinsley ended with 15 points and seven assists
Indiana is 10-7 at home this season.
Chicago also tries to get back on the winning track. Mehmet Okur posted 21
points and 11 rebounds, as the Utah Jazz topped the Bulls, 95-85, on Saturday
at the United Center.
Ben Gordon netted 23 and dished out six assists for the Bulls, who had a
three-game winning streak halted. Kirk Hinrich notched 22 points, five boards
and four assists, while Luol Deng posted 12 points and seven boards.
The Bulls are 6-12 on the road this season.
This is the third meeting of the campaign between the clubs. Chicago won a
pair of contests at the United Center.
Chicago has dropped 15 of its last 16 at Indiana. The Bulls have won three in
a row in the series.