Rapid Reaction: Bulls 110, Pacers 94
November, 16, 2013
By Nick Friedell
CHICAGO -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls cruised to a 110-94 win over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night at the United Center.
How it happened: Luol Deng had 23 points and seven rebounds for a Bulls team that appeared to be on a mission throughout the night. Derrick Rose had his best game of the young season, scoring 20 points in 30 minutes. Kirk Hinrich chipped in with 13 points and eight assists off the bench as the Bulls set the tempo early on and never let up. This was the first Pacers loss of the season. They are now 9-1.
What it means: This was the best game the Bulls have played all season. They were physical with Indiana and did what they wanted to do on both ends of the floor. Their offense was smooth, and their defense was smothering. The Bulls played with a much better tempo and wanted to prove a point that they believe they are still the best team in the Central division. As usual, Deng was the stalwart on both ends and helped the Bulls get into a rhythm.
The best news of all for the Bulls is the fact that Rose played for the first time in almost a week after missing Friday night's game against the Toronto Raptors because of a right hamstring injury. After struggling a little early, Rose knocked down six 3-pointers and seemed much more comfortable on the floor.
Hits: Taj Gibson had a great night off the bench, scoring 15 points and grabbing seven rebounds.
Misses: Paul George was just 3-for-14 from the field.
Stat of the night: The Bulls shot 50.6 percent from the field.
What's next: The Bulls have a day off before facing off against the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday night.