The Indiana Pacers finally put together an impressive performance in a well executed win over the Chicago Bulls. The Pacers found a groove thanks to a huge bench lift in the second quarter, scoring the first eight points as the Pacers took the halftime lead. In the third quarter, the Pacers ran off a 19-0 run, turning a one point deficit into an 18-point lead.
Chicago made a push late in the fourth quarter to pull within eight, but Luis Scola carried the Pacers back into double figures and towards the win. Scola led the Pacers with 19 points on 9-12 shooting off the bench as the second unit scored 34 points. Evan Turner had seven assists as the Pacers assisted on 27 of their 34 field goals. Paul George had a quiet triple-double with 10 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists and Roy Hibbert was a big force on the glass, putting in a 12 point, 12 rebound double double. Lance Stephenson had 13 of his 15 in the third quarter as all five starters reached double figures.
The Pacers held Chicago to 36% shooting, outrebounding them by 15. The win pushes Indiana's magic number to clinch the Central Division to one as Indiana moves to 51-18 on the season.