The Bulls received the eighth pick, and the selection goes to Magic as part of the regular-season trade for Nikola Vucevic.
“Coach really did his best this year," guard Malcolm Brogdon said. “Regardless of the reports, regardless of all the distractions and the noise, he continued to communicate with his players."
Kelan Martin scored a career-high 25 points and Caris LeVert had 20 points and 10 assists for the Pacers, who moved one-half game ahead of Washington into ninth place in the Eastern Conference.
“He was the greatest,” George McGinnis said of Bobby Leonard. “He loved all of his guys and, yes, he had his days. If you got on the wrong side of him, it wasn’t going to be a good deal for you."
Chicago has won two straight since snapping a six-game losing streak and moved within one game of the Pacers for the No. 9 spot in the Eastern Conference.
Gary native Darius Garland added 16 points and five assists.
Malcolm Brogdon led the Pacers with 24 points, and Domantas Sabonis had 22 points and 16 rebounds for his his 24th double-double of the season.
A night after an embarrassing effort in Detroit, when the Nets yielded 38 points in the first quarter, the Pacers didn't reach that total until 8:46 remained in the third.
MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 21 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists despite sitting out the fourth quarter, and the Milwaukee Bucks routed the Pacers 130-110 on Wednesday night.
Sabonis, who was questionable coming into the game with a bruised knee, started and finished 9 of 10 from the field.
The short-handed Pacers have lost two straight by double digits, their two most lopsided losses of the season.
Other key players: Victor Oladipo goes from the Pacers to Houston, and Caris Levert goes from Brooklyn to Indiana.
Justin Holiday added a season-high 20 points for Indiana, winner of two straight. It’s the first time the Pacers have beaten the Rockets at home since January 2017.
“It’s been a complete breath of fresh air around here," Pritchard said before training camp started. “The players feel it, I hear it in their feedback. I credit coach Nate Bjorkgren for bringing that here."
“We’ll be a fun team to watch," he said. “You’re going to see a lot of movement on both sides of the ball, different guys handling the ball, pushing it up the floor. We want to utilize the 3-point line.
INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana wanted its next coach to take the franchise in a new direction.
McMillan's 659 career wins as a head coach rank 22nd in NBA history.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — T.J. Warren scored 39 points, including seven straight to put Indiana ahead in the final two minutes, and the Pacers beat the Los Angeles Lakers 116-111 on Saturday.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — T.J. Warren scored 32 points, tying Jermaine O'Neal's franchise record for most in a three-game span, to send the Pacers past the Orlando Magic 120-109 on Tuesday for their third consecutive victory.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — T.J. Warren scored a career-high 53 points, Victor Oladipo added 15 after reversing course on opting out of the NBA restart and the Indiana Pacers beat the Philadelphia 76ers 127-121 on Saturday night.
INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Pacers are restarting this season the same way they opened it — fielding questions about Victor Oladipo's status.
The Pacers are one of a number of teams that will take part of the NBA's restart in Orlando to conclude the 2020 season, which was put on hold by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Katherine Germann earned another academic honor to conclude her Valparaiso career. Also inside: the Pacers announce their restart schedule, Dodgers' Andrew Toles was arrested and a raceway is losing sponsorships.
The Pacers' guard plans to join the team in Orlando for the resumption of the NBA season once he's fully recovered.
Mike Storen, a former ABA commissioner and multisport marketing whiz and the father of ESPN broadcaster Hannah Storm, died Thursday. He was 84.
A Valparaiso trio earned All-Missouri Valley Conference honors. Plus updates on Valpo softball, a critical Pacers game and Tony Stewart racing once more in Indy.
Tickets are still available for the Hammond Sports Hall of Fame banquet. Plus notes on the Bulls, Pacers, Blackhawks and South Suburban College.
South Suburban college earned national recognition on Tuesday. Gary's Eugene German nears the Northern Illinois scoring record held by former Merrillville player T.J. Lux. Victor Oladipo returns Wednesday for the Pacers against the Bulls. Tennis sensation Coco Gauff will play with Serena Williams in the Fed Cup.