Coming close to two wins just to rule out a three-game road trip, the Pacers (14-13) will be back at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Monday night to host their old rivals, the Chicago Bulls (10-15).
The Pacers pulled down the field for a 125-113 win in Atlanta Saturday night. The five starters got the lead in double figures in the win, as did reserve guard Aaron Holiday, who scored 13 of his 18 high-quarter points in the fourth quarter to help lead the Blue. & Gold to victory.
Indiana is hopeful that Holiday ‘s strong fourth quarter is a sign of things to come. The third-year guard has struggled with his shot in the first half of the season, scoring in double figures in just seven of his first 27 games. Last season, Holiday picked up 10 points in nearly half of its tournaments, reaching double figures in 31 of 66 games.
The Bulls have dropped seven of their last 10 contests as they have dealt with the grief of injuries, but star defender Zach LaVine is healthy and skipping against defenses.
The Slam Dunk vice-champion is statistically getting the best season of his seven-year career and making a strong argument for his first All-Star selection. LaVine runs seventh in the NBA in scoring at 28.1 points per game, also averages 5.4 rebounds and 5.3 assists, and shoots 51.9 percent off the field, 43 percent from range. 3-point, and 86.3 percent from the free throw line, all of these highs.
Pacers: PG – Malcolm Brogdon, SG – Justin Holiday, SF – Doug McDermott, PF – Domantas Sabonis, C – Myles Turner
Hawks: PG – Coby White, SG – Zach LaVine, SF – Denzel Valentine, PF – Patrick Williams, C – Daniel Gafford
Pacers: Brian Bowen II – out (G League two-way contract), Jalen Lecque – out (G League assignment), Caris LeVert – out (medical condition), Cassius Stanley – out (two-way contract G League), TJ Warren – out (left foot weight break)
December 26, 2020: In their first road game of the season, the Pacers combined 21-0 and 18-0 runs on the way to a 125-106 victory over the Bulls.
TJ Warren’s 23-point senior had a 10-of-16 shot to join six rebounds and three assists, while Victor Oladipo added 22 points, seven boards, and two assists, going 5 -for-5 perfect from 3 -point range.
But it was Domantas Sabonis who won the headlines by scoring three times in the win, scoring 22 points on an 8-of-11 shooting to join 10 points and 11 assists.
“My teammates helped me,” Sabonis said. “They were trying to find me in the right places, I try to be in the right places and then just come out with energy. These games now, they don’t have fans, so it’s pretty quiet in the fields. without energy, it is cold. We need to somehow make our energy outdoors. “
Zach LaVine led Chicago with 17 points in the loss, while Lauri Markkanen added 16 points and nine rebounds.
- The Pacers have won 10 straight games against Chicago, matching the longest streak they have won in the full-time series with the Bulls. The Pacers’ last loss to the Bulls came to Chicago on December 29, 2017.
- The Pacers have also won eight consecutive tournaments against the Bulls at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Chicago has not won in Indianapolis since March 29, 2016.
- Bulls ahead Thaddeus Young spent three seasons in Indiana, starting 236 regular seasons and 15 playoff games for the Blue & Gold from 2016-19.
- Myles Turner’s Pacers center needs nine blocks to reach 800 in his career.
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TV: FOX Sports Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (reporter / sideline guest)
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