The Indiana Pacers got a huge lift from their bench in the second quarter to erase a 23-19 first quarter deficit, jumping ahead by as many as seven in the quarter before the Chicago Bulls came to within a point as the Pacers hold a halftime lead 44-43. The Pacers shot just 40.5%, but have held Chicago to 35.7%. Indiana has struggled with turnovers, committing 10 in the first half leading to 12 Chicago points.
Indiana has played much better despite the turnovers, assisting on 13 of their 17 field goals, led by six assists from Evan Turner. The bench scored 23 points to outscore the starters, led by Luis Scola, who had 12 on 6-9 shooting. Chris Copeland had five points and two blocks in nine second quarter minutes. George Hill had six points to lead the starters with Paul George scoring three and pulling in eight rebounds and three assists. D.J. Augustin has nine points off the bench to lead Chicago.