The Bulls only held a four-point lead over the Pacers at the end of the first quarter. but then Chicago made 14 of 18 field goals (along with all seven of their free throws) to take a 62-41 lead into the half, and effectively ended the game.
The Pacers were almost passable offensively during that stretch — making 10 of 21 shots — but the defense was a train wreck. In the second quarter, Indiana posted a 164.6 defensive rating, which is all sorts of terrible. That’s what happens when you allow your opponent to have an 86.1 eFG% and get outrebounded 47-33.
There were very few positives to draw out of the ugly performance, but there were a few things to stop fans from tuning out entirely.
Both Paul George and Myles Turner had 20 points and were 8 of 12 from the field, but PG was 4 of 5 from deep where Turner was 4 of 5 from the free throw line. Thaddeus Young had another workmanlike performance with 10 points and 5 rebounds.