The Chicago Bulls trailed the Indiana Pacers by a point heading into halftime on Monday night, but a 33-13 advantage in the third quarter would open the doors to a blowout victory for Tom Thibodeau's crew. When the final horn sounded, Chicago got the revenge it vowed with a 92-72 win at the United Center. The victory pushes Chicago to 32-8, while the Pacers fall to 23-13.
The win is the seventh straight for the Bulls. Luol Deng scored a team-high 20 points and added six rebounds. Derrick Rose had 13 points and nine assists, and did not play in the final frame after scoring 11 points in the third. Joakim Noah finished with nine points and 17 rebounds in the win. Three bench players (John Lucas: 13 points, Ronnie Brewer: 12 points, Taj Gibson: 11 points) score well for Chicago in the victory.
Paul George scored 21 points to lead the Pacers. George Hill added 17 off the bench in the loss.