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Bulls' defense ends Pacers' perfection, 110-94

2013-11-16T21:30:00Z 2013-11-17T21:33:06Z Bulls' defense ends Pacers' perfection, 110-94Al Hamnik al.hamnik@nwi.com, (219) 933-4154 nwitimes.com
November 16, 2013 9:30 pm  • 

CHICAGO | It's no secret the Bulls don't like the Pacers, who are a bit more selective in their loathing practices.

"I don't think our team likes anybody. And if they did prior to tipoff, they wouldn't afterward," Indiana coach Frank Vogel said before Saturday's game at the United Center.

"And that goes for everybody."

The Bulls gave Indiana a beatdown, 110-94, handing the visitors their first loss in 10 games this season in embarrassing fashion.

Chicago's biggest lead was 33 points but the game ended on a sour note when Carlos Boozer and Indiana's Chris Copeland both were ejected with 21.9 seconds to play after getting in each other's face.

That will only add to the loathing factor.

"I don't get into that stuff. I only get into preparation for the game," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said of the prevailing hate factor between both teams. "I'll leave that nonsense to you guys."

The Bulls (5-3), still perfect at home, were led by Luol Deng's 23 points. Derrick Rose added 20 and Taj Gibson 15.

Chicago shot 51 percent from the field and 58 percent from beyond the arc, nailing 11 of 19 bombs.

Indiana came in allowing 95.9 ppg. and holding opponents to 38.6 percent shooting, both league lows.

"We showed what we're capable of doing if we're healthy top to bottom," Deng said.

"We're coming together, slowly. Nothing happens overnight in this league," added Rose, who shot 6 of 11 from the shadows.

"It's coming. It's day by day. He's a great player," Thibodeau said.

The Pacers had six players in double figures, led by Roy Hibbert's 14 points, 10 rebounds.

Chicago was running away at the half, 60-35, outscoring Indiana 18-0 from beyond the arc and 22-4 from the bench.

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