This Pacers knew how important this game was last night as a statement to make. For the most part, this team showed it could play with this Bulls team, even taking a lead in the third quarter.
But that is where it all went wrong as well. The Pacers only put up 13 points in that quarter, while the Bulls rolled to 33. You’re not going to win a game if you can only put up that many points in a quarter, while allowing that much. Also this is the quarter that saw Derrick Rose, who only had two points at half, put up 11 points by himself.
It would be have a great way to stop Rose since he was the one who was talking a lot about the Pacers celebrating after their win in late January. Rose backed up his talk in that third quarter, and put the team on his back. Luol Deng had twenty points to help the Bulls put away the Pacers.
On the Pacers side, it was the George Show as Paul George put up 21 points and George Hill put up 17 points off the bench. Perhaps most disappointing was Roy Hibbert, who got hampered with foul trouble and only scored 2 points on 1-6 shooting. He is going to need to be more aggressive next time around against the Bulls because I think he can do more than he believes.
But the Pacers lose by twenty points in this game with a final score of 92-72. One of the lower point totals this season, which is not a good sign against one of the top teams. No time to dwell on this loss as the Pacers battle the Hawks tonight, in what needs to be a win. They head to Miami and Orlando later this week, and I would hope to at least finish 2-2 this week.