CHICAGO, IL – On the heels of a disappointing four-game losing skid, the Indiana Pacers (6-7) were in need of a slump-busting win. They got it at the United Center on Friday night.
Indy crushed the Chicago Bulls (2-8) by a final score of 105-87, using 51.2% shooting to get by their division rivals. Indiana’s defense was good, too, limiting the Bulls to 39.8% shooting and just 35 first half points.
The Pacers never trailed in Friday’s game, as the visitors scored the first four points and never looked back. Indiana led 27-16 after one quarter and after a rough second period in which each club scored less than 20 points, the Pacers owned a 45-35 halftime advantage.
The second half has been a problem lately for Indy, as they have routinely blown late leads, but the Pacers put an end to that trend in this contest.
Indiana jumped on Chicago early in the third quarter, using a 15-7 run to push their lead to 18. Bojan Bogdanovic, who ended up knocking down six of his nine three-point attempts, fueled Indy during that run with a trio of triples. The Pacers led by as many as 23 in the third and held a 80-61 cushion going into the fourth.
In that fourth quarter, Indiana finished strong. Despite being outscored by a point, the Pacers were able to easily hang on to their lead and cruise to the 18-point win that snapped their losing streak.
Victor Oladipo led the Pacers with 25 points, six rebounds and five assists. Bogdanovic, and his six three-pointers, followed Oladipo with 22 points. Domantas Sabonis was back for Indiana after a two-game absence, scoring eight points and pulling down nine rebounds in 26 minutes of work.
Following a 1-1 road trip, the Pacers will return home for a matchup with the Houston Rockets on Sunday. Tipoff from Bankers Life Fieldhouse is slated for 6:00 p.m.