The final score was more lopsided than the game was for the first 40 minutes, but the Indiana Pacers ran away late against the Chicago Bulls to put them to rest and stay undefeated. The Pacers and Bulls both swapped off throughout the night. Indiana led after the first quarter, but another pitiful run by the bench in the second quarter put them behind at the half for the fourth time in five games.
Indiana has put the hurt on teams in the second half through the first four games and did so again tonight, using a big third quarter to lead heading into the fourth, but Chicago went on a 12-2 run to take an early fourth quarter lead. Indiana responded with a 30-11 run to close the game, as Luis Scola and Lance Stephenson woke up in a big way to lead Indiana to the win.
Stephenson had 15 points, all in the second half. Scola had 12 points, eight in the fourth quarter. Paul George scored 21 to lead all scorers and David West had his best game of the season with a 17/13 double double. Roy Hibbert had eight points, 10 rebounds, and five blocks. Donald Sloan provided huge minutes off the bench, scoring nine. Derrick Rose had 17 in the game, but was held to just five points in the second half, including two in the final period on a late foul whistle.