Pacers blow up cold bulls
Domantas Sabonis and Miles Turner both scored doubles and were among five players with double digits as the visiting Indiana Pacers beat the Chicago Bulls 109-77 on Monday night.
Indiana fired 44.4 percent from the ground and beat Chicago 59-38 to extend their winning streak to two games. The Bulls, who fired 36.5 percent from the field, faced their biggest deficit early in the season, trailing by as much as 35 points.
Sabonis collected 21 points and 11 rebounds. Turner had 12 points and 10 planks in addition to four of the Pacers’ 12 blocks.
Malcolm Brogdon of Indiana contributed 16 points and made seven assists, while Justin Holiday (14 points) and Karis Levert (12) also scored in double figures. The Pacers have won six times in a row at the United position.
The duo of DeMar DeRozan (18 points) and Zach Lavigne (17) are following in the footsteps of Chicago, who were completing their third consecutive game of the season. The Bulls, who beat the visiting New York Knicks on Sunday, have won four of their past six games overall.
Derek Jones Jr. scored eight points and was one of five Bulls to snatch five rebounds, and co-lead the team.
Alex Caruso missed the game with Chicago with a bruise on his left wrist. Bulls coach Billy Donovan said Caruso, one of the team’s best defenders, made every attempt to play but failed. Caruso is scheduled to undergo tests as the team prepares for a two-game road trip to Houston and Orlando this week.
Brogdon hit the bell layup in the second quarter to give the Pacers a 67-46 lead in the first inning and put all five Indiana starters into double digits.
Indiana recorded 53.2 percent in the first half compared to 46.5 percent for Chicago.
At night, the bulls forced 13 turns while making nine.
Nikola Vucevic missed his seventh game in a row for Chicago because he’s still on the NBA’s COVID-19 protocol. Donovan said Vucevich is with the team and began a cardiovascular screening protocol earlier on Monday.
–Field Media Level