INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Nikola Vuchevich took advantage of Indiana’s missing bigs with 32 points և 17 strokes to help the Chicago Bulls beat the short-lived Pacers 113-97 on Tuesday night.
Chicago has won two games in a row since breaking a six-game losing streak and moved up to ninth in the Pacers’s 9th place for the Archelian Conference. Out of 29, Vu գալիսiև also had 5 assists. All-Star Zach LaVine added 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
The combination was just too much for Indiana, who started the game without double All-Star Domantas Sabonis (left ankle) and defender Malcolm Brogdon (right thigh) before losing to Myles Turner in the third quarter with his left ankle.
Caris LeVert led the Pacers with 20 points and six rebounds. Edmond Sumner and rem Jeremy Lamb scored 15 points each as Indiana lost for the ninth time in 10 home games.
At the beginning of the second quarter, Chicago gained control with a score of 15-3, gaining a 45-33 advantage. It was never really close after that. In the half, the Bulls took a 62-49 lead. When the Pacers reduced the lead to 81-72 in the third quarter, Chicago responded 9-0.
Bull wolves. Chicago won the season 2-1, beating the road team in every game. Ու Vuևiև placed his 33rd double-double this season. He equaled the fourth in the championship. … Thaddeus Young scored 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists for his former team. … Laurie Markkanen had 15 points and Kobe White had 13 points.
Pacers. LeVert has scored 10 goals twice in 13 games since returning from surgery to remove his left kidney cancer. … Turner had 10 points and had at least one block in 64 consecutive games. He wrapped himself in three blocks. … Doug McDermott scored 11 points.
HOME AND WORKS
Indiana held its fifth home game since the All-Star break on Tuesday for 32 days, during which the Pacers also shared the Bankers Life Fieldhouse with the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and the four boys’ state championship games. But given their misfortunes at home, they might have estimated a little time on the road. The Pacers are playing 8-15 at home this season. And with 13 games left in Banker Life, they need a strong finish to extend the longest active streak of consecutive NBA winning seasons to 32.
DANGER OF DAMAGE
The Pacers played most of the second half without four of their scheduled starting days. Last season’s top scorer TJ Warren will miss the rest of the season with a broken left leg, with the exception of Brogdon, Sabonis and Turner. Lamb was playing despite the curvature of his right nose. He replaced Turner in the second half.
Bull wolves. Visit Toronto, Tampa, Florida on Thursday for a makeup game.
Pacers. Host Minnesota on Wednesday.
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