Pacers shake off injuries, beat Bulls 99-90
CHICAGO -- A.J. Price, Luis Scola and Solomon Hill all scored 21 points, and the injury-plagued Indiana Pacers beat the Chicago Bulls 99-90 on Saturday night.
Chris Copeland added 13 points for the Pacers, who were without six injured players.
Jimmy Butler had 32 points for the Bulls, who played without the injured Derrick Rose.
The Pacers had lost seven of nine and fell 108-87 to the Nuggets on Friday after trailing by as much as 33.
The Bulls had won six of seven.
The Pacers shot 7 for 18 from beyond the arc and 48 percent overall. The Bulls shot just 4 for 17 from 3-point range and 42 percent from the field. The Pacers also outrebounded the Bulls 46-34.
Hill grabbed 12 rebounds and Scola had 11.
Butler pulled the Bulls within two on a breakaway dunk late in the third, but Copeland hit a 3 and Price completed a three-point play early in the fourth for a 75-65 lead.
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Price's 3 extended the lead to 88-71 with 6:42 left, and Hill made one for a 93-81 lead with 1:29 remaining.
The Pacers led 46-42 at halftime after shooting 50 percent to the
Bulls' 44 percent. Scola led the Pacers with 12 points on 6-of-7
Shooting after entering the game averaging seven points.
Copeland's 3 gave the Pacers a 10-point lead with 6:11 left before halftime, and he hit another with 43 seconds left after the Bulls pulled within one. He was 3 for 4 beyond the arc.
Pau Gasol finished with 12 points and six rebounds for the Bulls after
averaging 19.3 and 11.1. The Bulls ended their streak of having at
least five players score in double figures in all their games. Kirk Hinrich scored 15.
The Pacers were 29th in the league in scoring at 91.2 points per game entering Saturday.
The Bulls are 60-24 at home all-time against the Pacers.
Pacers: Rodney Stuckey (sore foot), CJ Miles (sore calf), David West (sprained ankle), George Hill (bruised knee), CJ Watson (bruised foot) and Paul George (broken leg) all sat out. .Pacers coach Frank Vogel said Stuckey and Miles are likely the closest to returning, perhaps early next week. .The Pacers last won a road game against the Bulls on Dec. 4, 2012.
Bulls: Rose was out after straining his left hamstring Thursday in the Bulls' 100-93 victory over the Toronto Raptors. Hinrich started in his place. Rose is day to day and missed four other games due to sprained ankles. .The Bulls had won three straight at home against the Pacers and were 14 of 17 in the series at the United Center. .Gasol needed one assist for 3,000 in his career entering Saturday. He became the sixth player in NBA history with 16,000 points, 8,000 rebounds, 3,000 assists and 1,500 blocks.
Pacers: Host Charlotte on Wednesday.
Bulls: Visit Clippers on Monday to begin a two-week, seven-game trip.