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Bulls pasted by Pacers in Indy

Published: Saturday, March 22, 2014 12:05 a.m. CST
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(R Brent Smith)
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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