Chicago won just two of their past eight games, dating all the way back to their most recent loss to the Pacers, a game in Indiana in which they fell, 97-92.
Up to this point, the Bulls hadn't beaten the Pacers in any of their previous three games. It almost felt as if they had officially handed the Central Division torch over to Indiana.
The Bulls came into this game with a very different vibe, playing much better defense than they did Thursday night in their 10-point loss to the Portland Trail Blazers and doing a lot more to move the ball around.
Chicago had their usual problems getting the ball to go through the hoop, but once they realized their concerns, they worked to address them.
Unexpected heroes would spur the Bulls from start to finish, and they gave the team a bit of a reprieve from the wrath of Tom Thibodeau.
Chicago had troubles with Paul George along the way, as would be expected, but they got him into foul trouble early on, forcing him to sit out a big chunk of the third quarter.
They would start out the fourth quarter on a bit of a run, pulling out with a bit of a cushion over the Pacers.
With defense and Tibodeau shouting every step of the way, Chicago eventually pulled it out, dropping the Pacers for the first time this season, 87-84.