The Indiana Pacers fought off a determined Chicago Bulls squad on Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, emerging with a 97-92 victory.
The Pacers got off to a 32-21 lead after one quarter, but the Bulls battled back to make it a close ballgame at the end.
Chicago and Indiana ranked in the bottom 10 in points per game and the top 10 in points per game allowed headed into Sunday's matchup, so it wasn't all that surprising that it was a low-scoring affair.
The Bulls shot 43.2 percent from the floor, but they were able to keep it close down the stretch in part because they scored 20 points on 14 Pacers turnovers.
In the end, the strong shooting of David West, Roy Hibbert and George Hill got the best of Chicago. The Pacers also outrebounded the Bulls, 42 to 34.
Player of the Game: David West, PF, Indiana Pacers
In a game that featured staunch defenses, David West stepped up big for the Pacers, notching a game-high 31 points. He shot 11-of-18 from the field and 9-of-9 from the free-throw line while also grabbing seven rebounds.
Up Next for Bulls
Chicago visits the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday. At 47-14, the Spurs have the best record in the NBA. They just thumped the Detroit Pistons on Sunday, 114-75.
Up Next for Pacers
Indiana hosts the Boston Celtics on Wednesday. The Celtics are 31-27 this season, coming off a 94-86 victory over the Golden State Warriors.
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