In a game that featured pesky defense and poor shooting, the Indiana Pacers scratched and clawed their way to a 80-76 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night at United Center.
Both teams struggled to score throughout the game, but a 25-point third quarter (yes, a whole 25 points) was ultimately the difference for the Pacers.
Paul George was the star of the game, scoring 34 of Indiana's 80 points. He scored as many points as the rest of Indiana's starters combined.
Player of the Game: Paul George, SF, Indiana Pacers
In a low-scoring defensive battle, Paul George was undeniably the best player on the floor, going 14-of-25 for 34 points while adding nine rebounds, three steals and two blocks.
Up Next for Pacers
Indiana will host the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday. The Trail Blazers are 8-10 this season, allowing 102.3 points per game (28th in the NBA). Rookie point guard Damian Lillard is averaging 19.1 points and 6.3 assists.
Up Next for Bulls
Chicago visits the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday. The Cavaliers are 4-14, allowing 101.2 points per game (25th in the league). Second-year point guard Kyrie Irving is averaging 22.9 points and 5.6 assists while shooting 46 percent from the floor.
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