Bulls 99, Pacers 86

Derrick Rose figured the only way to get over the Charlotte loss

was to take care of Indiana.

The Chicago point guard needed to shake off his poor shooting

and his team’s poor defensive effort against the Bobcats, and he

responded with 29 points and 10 rebounds in a 99-86 win over the

Pacers on Friday night.

Chicago led Charlotte 80-75 with eight minutes to go on

Wednesday night before falling apart defensively in the closing

minutes. Rose was focused on creating a different outcome against

Indiana.

”I couldn’t wait to play,” Rose said. ”We let that one slip

because of our defense. Tonight, we made sure that we played with a

lot of intensity at the beginning of the game and made sure that we

played defense.”

The Bulls held the Pacers to 33 percent shooting.

”We were just ready tonight,” Bulls forward Carlos Boozer

said. ”We did a good job of focusing on what they do offensively.

I thought we did a good job defensively and made them take tough

shots, contested shots.”

Rose shot 5 for 17 from the field against the Bobcats, but

11-for-21 against the Pacers. He scored 20 points in the second

half against Indiana.

”In the second half, when he’s going like he’s going, it

doesn’t matter what you do on a pick-and-roll,” Indiana coach Jim

O’Brien said. ”That’s why people think that he’s an MVP

candidate.”

Luol Deng had 17 points and five assists, Boozer scored 14

points and Kurt Thomas had a season-high 18 rebounds for the

Bulls.

Danny Granger scored 22 points for the Pacers, but he shot 4 for

17 in the first three quarters when the game was in doubt while

being guarded primarily by Deng.

”He’s such a great shooter,” Deng said. ”My mindset tonight

was, I just didn’t want to lose him. Every time he took a shot, I

was doing the best I could to challenge. I didn’t want to let him

get any space.”

Mike Dunleavy scored 13 points and Jeff Foster had a season-high

15 rebounds for Indiana, which failed to notch its first three-game

winning streak of the season.

The Bulls led 53-41 at halftime.

”We came out there and had some needless turnovers, some silly

turnovers that we shouldn’t have had, and we didn’t play our

defense,” Indiana forward Tyler Hansbrough said. ”Our defense is

something we’ve been relying on the whole year, and we just didn’t

show up tonight.”

The Bulls extended their lead to 60-46 on a 3-pointer by Rose.

Indiana trimmed its deficit to nine points and had a fast break

going, but Brandon Rush missed everything on a hurried 3-pointer,

and Taj Gibson converted a 3-point play on the other end to make it

66-54. On Chicago’s next possession, Rose made a 3-pointer and was

fouled, prompting MVP chants from the thousands of Bulls fans who

made the short drive. He completed the four-point play to push

Chicago’s lead to 70-54.

”You’ve got to be able to stop him,” Hansbrough said. ”You’re

not going to be able to totally contain him, but you can’t let him

get hot and keep going.”

Indiana surged again, and a jumper by Granger made it 70-61. But

Chicago responded with a 7-0 run to re-establish control for good.

Rose scored 12 points in the third quarter to help the Bulls lead

79-63 at the end of the period.

The Bulls led by 14 in the final minute when the half-filled

arena, with mostly Chicago fans remaining, gave the Bulls a

standing ovation.

Chicago shot 46 percent and committed just seven turnovers.

”We had a good balance to our offense,” Chicago coach Tom

Thibodeau said. ”I thought we had a good mix of post-ups,

pick-and-rolls, catch-and-shoot, and transition. When we do that,

we’re going to be successful.”

Indiana heads into a four-game road trip on a negative note.

”We dug a hole the first half,” O’Brien said. ”We weren’t

sharp at all. Our defense wasn’t sharp, we missed too many layups

and point blank shots, and when we tried to mount a comeback,

Derrick Rose took over and made sure there was not going to be a

comeback tonight.”

NOTES: Chicago G Keith Bogans committed two fouls in the first

1:44 of the game. … Indiana F Josh McRoberts played four minutes

after O’Brien sat him for four games while using other players.

McRoberts began the season as the starter, but Hansbrough started

his fifth straight game at power forward … Deng was issued a

technical foul with 8:08 left in the second quarter.