Pacers grab Chicago by the horns, beat Bulls


The Indiana Pacers played an ugly game against the Chicago Bulls, but they found a way to pull it out.

I’m usually a process over results guy. But a win is a win, and that is all the Indiana Pacers should care about after this gross game. They didn’t do great. But they did pull it out at home:

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The game was ugly in that it was sluggish. The final score would likely have been two numbers in the 80s had the Bulls not excessively fouled down the stretch of the game.

A lot of other yucky stuff happened. The Pacers shot 27 percent from three, and without Darren Collison, that became 3/18. They turned it over 18 times. They just looked like they returned from a road trip, and it wasn’t pretty.

But there’s always some beauty in the game of basketball, like this:

And this:

So, between the ugly and the pretty, what happened?

Myles Turner played good, and in a different way

Most of Myles Turner‘s best games are when he shoots a solid percentage from the field. Tonight was different.

He was 8/17, but he had 18 points, 11 rebounds, and showed off a nice post game. He had 5 blocks and changed the game on the defensive end of the floor. Rarely does Turner have a solid offensive game without hitting his outside shot, but tonight he did. It was a joy to watch.

And speaking of Turner…

Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner closed the game together

For the first time ever, the duel centers lineup was in when the final buzzer sounds. Thad Young sat it out. Nate McMillan said he thought the young bugs were playing well and fit well against the Bulls frontcourt, so he rolled with both at the end of the game. And it worked.

Turner was protecting the paint, and Domantas Sabonis was grabbing the rebounds. They were playing good enough defense to keep the team in the positives despite mucking up the spacing. It worked, and it helped the Pacers get the W.

Darr3n Collison? Darr3n Collison!

Darren Collison’s 3pt shooting percentage jumped by over 2 percent tonight. He is now close to league average after shooting 3/4 from the outside. He had 23 points on 7 shots, a ridiculous efficiency.

The Pacers needed him to have this game, and after struggling all season, he saved the day.

Now on to some grades:

A. Finally, a good Darren Collison game. It’s been a while. DC played well enough to take minutes from Tyreke. He had 23 points on 7 shots in 35 minutes. He also had 8 rebounds. A nice 2017-18-like game from DC.. PG. Indiana Pacers. DARREN COLLISON

B +. 14 points and 6 rebounds for Bogdanovic on 50 percent shooting is a good game for an NBA player. But it seemed bad for Bojan given how well he has played recently. He was solid.. SF. Indiana Pacers. BOJAN BOGDANOVIC

C -. 6/3/2 from Thad and his shooting wasn’t great. It was another rough game for Young, which has happened too frequently for my liking recently. His defense is still solid enough for him to be effective, but he is really struggling on offense.. PF. Indiana Pacers. THADDEUS YOUNG

Indiana Pacers. MYLES TURNER. A. 18 points and 11 rebounds with 5 blocks. Heck yeah. After a great road trip, Turner kept chugging along with more great play. It is nice to see him succeed for a decent stretch of time.. C

9 points and 11 rebounds with 3 steals. And he played well with Myles. This is the type of game that is encouraging for the future of the Pacers. No Vic, yet they win on the great play of their two young centers.. C. Indiana Pacers. DOMANTAS SABONIS. A -

D +. 5 turnovers! Gross. 10 points are solid enough, but Reke needs to take care of the ball and look to distribute more. His shooting just isn’t cutting it.. SG. Indiana Pacers. TYREKE EVANS

PG. Indiana Pacers. CORY JOSEPH. B. The way Cory Joseph just skates around the court just makes me so happy. He contributes in the little things. He did an okay job contributing on the stat sheet, too. A solid game for CoJo.

C -. Well, that road trip was fun. Just two points for McD tonight. 0/3 from deep. -4 in 17 minutes. Not a great game from McDermott.. SF. Indiana Pacers. DOUG MCDERMOTT

C. Holiday had some rookie moments tonight. 5 points, 3 assists, and 0 rebounds. His defense was below average too. But you expect these types of games from young dudes.. PG. Indiana Pacers. AARON HOLIDAY

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The Pacers take on the Orlando Magic on Friday night in Orlando for their next game. Hopefully, they can keep things rolling.