Staying with the Association, after getting off to a hot start, the Chicago Bulls have come back down to earth. The team from Chi-town had dropped nine of 12, including three-straight. So Nikola Mirotic and the gang were hoping some home cooking at the United Centre against the Indiana Pacers would turn their fortunes around.
Hosts up early, but Indy would keep it close, Myles Turner getting the interior pass and finishing. He had 16.
The Bulls though would open up a double-digit lead in the second q -- Mirotic spotting up from the corner and canning the triple. He had 20 points, his board had 9.
The hosts continue to stay in front, Taj Gibson spins baseline and gets the duece -- the lead is a baker's dozen.
But the Pacers would be frisky -- like a new puppy. Aaron Brooks, the former Bull, Rocket, and Guangdong Southern Tigers hits the three. He led the Pacers with 19. It is a 2-point game.
Indy tries to stay close -- Thaddeus Young dialling long distance, but the Bulls have some breathing troom up 7.
Inside three minutes -- Chicago nursing a 2-point lead. Mirotic picks up his dribble but finds Dwyane Wade open, and the Flash is able to pull-up and it is a 4-point game.
The Pacers though would cut it to 1 -- Mirotic once again with the rock, and with the shotclock winding down, he hits -- they say it is a three. but is a two -- Bulls with breathing room with 21 to play.
Pacers look to tie things up, but Wade jumps the passing lane and goes the other way and throws it down. Bulls win by five and snap a three-game losing streak.
In other games, Washington grabbed a sixth straight home win by beating Milwaukee. Aaron Gordon scored 30 in Orlando's victory over Memphis. Detroit blew-out Cleveland, the Cavs playing without LeBron James, who was resting. Minnesota tops Atlanta. James Harden had 32 as Houston crushed Phoenix, and New Orleans bettered Dallas.