Monday , Jan , 22 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Pacers drop Bulls

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Jermaine O’Neal had 22 points and 10
rebounds, as Indiana snapped its four-game skid with a 98-91 victory over
Chicago.

Danny Granger contributed 19 points and Darrell Armstrong 16 points, eight
rebounds and 10 assists for the Pacers, who won for the first time in three
meetings with the Bulls this season.

Ben Gordon scored 31 points on 11-of-18 shooting for Chicago, which has lost
back-to-back contests.

The Pacers led by as many as 20, but the Bulls closed within four midway
through the fourth quarter on Gordon’s basket, pulling Chicago to 83-79.
The Bulls couldn’t get any closer. They were within five, at 96-91 on Gordon’s
three-point play with 54.7 seconds left.

Armstrong then missed a three-point try, but Andres Nocioni’s bad pass
resulted in a turnover for the Bulls. Armstrong’s two free throws with 26.1
seconds remaining sealed the win.

Mike Dunleavy had 15 points and seven rebounds for Indiana, which also got 12
from Marquis Daniels.

Luol Deng posted 18 points and Kirk Hinrich 14 for the Bulls, who have lost in
16 of their last 17 trips to Indiana.

It was tight throughout the opening quarter, with the Pacers holding a 27-23
lead after 12 minutes. Indiana scored the final five points of the period and
opened the second with a dunk from Ike Diogu.

The Bulls came back to tie the game at 30, but Indiana assumed a 42-33
advantage with just over five minutes left in the half. The Pacers blew it
wide open with a 13-1 spurt, culminating with Darrell Armstrong’s layup for a
58-40 margin with 1:05 left in the second quarter.

Indiana led 60-43 at the half behind 14 points from O’Neal and 12 from
Daniels.

The Pacers’ cushion reached 20 points with 9:10 left in the third, as a three
by Dunleavy extended the score to 69-49.

Chicago’s 11-2 spurt to end the third brought the Bulls within 77-71. Gordon
had nine of those points.

Game Notes

Troy Murphy, who started at center, ended with seven points and eight
rebounds…Pacers point guard Jamaal Tinsley missed the game because of a sore
lower back.

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