Match Report: Chicago Bulls 95 – 108 Indiana Pacers

Malcolm Brogdon led his new injury-ridden Pacers team to a 108-95 victory over the Chicago Bulls at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Sunday. 

Indiana were buoyed by a surprise 13 and 15 double-double by TJ Leaf off the bench, as well as TJ Warren’s 26 points. 

Chicago were led in scoring by Zach Lavine, who had 21 but as a team, they shot 42% from the field and just 56% from the line. 

Defensively the Pacers were organised and aggressive, with Jeremy Lamb and rookie Goga Bitadze making three and four blocks respectively. 

Chicago’s summer lottery draft pick, Coby White, disappointed going zero for six from the field. 

Both teams made a strong start but Indiana took the lead after making six of their first eight shots. 

At the end of the first quarter, Indiana led 24-18. Both benches struggled, failing to convert good looks and scoring ultimately slowed after a fast start. 

The Pacers extended their lead to 13 at half-time and managed to limit the Bulls to just 42 points in the first half, despite the absence of Myles Turner, Domantas Sabonis and All-Star Guard Victor Oladipo. 

Chicago had nine turnovers, committed 13 fouls and shot under 19% from 3-pt range at the half. 

Indiana led by 12 heading into the fourth period, after a high-scoring quarter for both teams. 

Chicago were put into the bonus early in the fourth and survived at the line for most of the quarter but could not close the gap on the Pacers. 

Sub-edited by Tony Robertson

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