Bulls pay a visit to Indiana
(Sports Network) – The Chicago Bulls will hit the road this afternoon to take
on the Indiana Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Chicago is fifth in the Eastern Conference playoff race and ended a two-game
losing streak with Thursday’s 109-108 win over the Denver Nuggets at the
Rookie Tyrus Thomas tipped in the game-winning layup with two-tenths of a
second on the clock, as the Bulls halted Denver’s season-high five-game
Ben Gordon scored 25 points for Chicago, which wrapped up a short two-game
homestand. Luol Deng posted 22 points and a season-high tying 14 rebounds,
while Kirk Hinrich notched 21 points and eight assists for the Bulls.
Chicago, which is four games off the lead in the Central Division, owns a
14-21 record away from the Windy City this season.
Meanwhile, Indiana will continue a three-game homestand and posted just its
second win in 15 games with Friday’s 95-70 victory over the Miami Heat in the
opener of the stand.
Danny Granger netted 22 points and Mike Dunleavy Jr. added 20 points, as the
Pacers are caught in a three-way tie with New Jersey and Orlando for seventh
in the Eastern Conference.
Jermaine O’Neal posted a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds for the
Pacers, who are 20-14 at home this season and will close out the stand on
Tuesday versus the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Sunday’s game between Central Division rivals is the fourth and final meeting
of the regular season. The Bulls are 2-1 so far in the season series and have
won three of four and four of the last six matchups.
Chicago has lost two straight, 16 of 17 and 17 of its last 19 at Indiana.