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Chicago Bulls end three-game skid, rout Indiana Pacers, 125-99

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A WIN AT LAST. The Chicago Bulls secure a rousing 125-99 win over the Indiana Pacers to end their three-game skid on Wednesday night (Thursday, March 28, Philippine time) at the United Center in Chicago. NBA PHOTO

The Chicago Bulls ended their three-game losing streak by defeating the Indiana Pacers 125-99 on Wednesday night (Thursday, March 28, Philippine time) at the United Center.

Led by the dynamic duo of DeMar DeRozan and Nikola Vucevic, the Bulls showcased their defensive prowess by holding the Pacers to under 100 points for the first time this season. 

DeRozan poured in 27 points, while Vucevic contributed a double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds, guiding Chicago to a crucial victory and clinching the season series against Indiana with a 3-1 record.

Chicago’s defensive intensity was evident throughout the game, as all five starters reached double-digit scoring figures while stifling the high-scoring Pacers offense. 

Bulls head coach Billy Donovan lauded his team’s connectedness on the defensive end, emphasizing their collective effort in containing the Pacers’ offensive threats.

Donovan praised his wards, who connected defensively, helping each other against Indiana’s formidable offense.

Despite the Pacers’ best efforts, including an 18-point performance from Andrew Nembhard, they struggled to find their rhythm against Chicago’s suffocating defense. 

Pascal Siakam, who had been on a scoring tear in recent games, was held to just 14 points as the Bulls executed their defensive game plan to perfection.

Chicago’s offensive balance was on full display, with contributions coming from various sources. Coby White chipped in with 18 points, while Ayo Dosunmu added 17 points on efficient shooting, including three made three-pointers. 

Andre Drummond provided a valuable spark off the bench with 14 points and 11 rebounds, further bolstering the Bulls’ effort on both ends of the floor.

Bulls guard Alex Caruso, known for his defensive prowess, expressed surprise at his team being the first to hold the Pacers below the 100-point mark this season. He credited Chicago’s collective effort and attention to detail for stifling the Pacers’ potent offense.

The Bulls seized control of the game late in the second quarter, outscoring the Pacers 22-6 to establish a commanding 64-43 halftime lead. Despite a brief comeback attempt by Indiana in the second half, the Bulls maintained their composure and pulled away in the fourth quarter to secure the victory.

Looking ahead, Bulls head coach Billy Donovan provided updates on injured players Zach LaVine, Patrick Williams, and Lonzo Ball, indicating that they could potentially join the team for rehab in Chicago starting next week.

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