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Bulls pasted by Pacers in Indy

Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) shoots as Bulls center Joakim Noah defends during the second half of Friday's game in Indianapolis. The Pacers won 91-79.
Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) shoots as Bulls center Joakim Noah defends during the second half of Friday's game in Indianapolis. The Pacers won 91-79.

INDIANAPOLIS – Luis Scola had 19 points and Lance Stephenson finished with 15 to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 91-79 win over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night.

The Pacers (51-18), who took a 13-game lead on the Bulls (38-31) in the Central Division, went on a 19-0 run in the third quarter.

Carlos Boozer was called for a Flagrant 1 foul with 7:31 left in the third, Roy Hibbert made two free throws and Stephenson made a basket to give the Pacers a 63-45 lead.

DJ Augustin and Jimmy Butler each scored 17 points for the Bulls, who have lost two of their last three games.

The win also gives Indiana a 2-1 series lead over the Bulls. The Pacers will visit Chicago on Monday.

Paul George, who finished with 10 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists, also made a basket and dunked, David West scored twice and Stephenson made a basket, a dunk and converted a three-point play to help the Pacers pull away in the big run in the third quarter.

The Bulls went on a 7-0 run early in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough.

Joakim Noah scored a basket, Augustin made two free throws, Butler made another and Mike Dunleavy scored to make it 77-69 with 9:30 remaining.

Scola scored to end the run and give Indiana a 79-69 lead.

Augustin made a layup, but Scola scored again and later made a layup and a free throw to give the Pacers an 84-71 lead with 4:27 remaining.

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