The Chicago Bulls lost to the Indiana Pacers 80-76 on Wednesday night, but it was not without controversy. With less than 10 seconds remaining, Luol Deng cut to the hoop and caught a pass from Joakim Noah. Deng elevated and was met in the air by Pacers center Roy Hibbert -- there was contact and Deng lost the ball. David West picked it up, was fouled and made two free throws to ice the game. After the game, the Bulls expressed their frustration with the no-call.
"In my eyes, he got wiped out," Thibodeau said. "I did not get an explanation. He had a layup. It was a train wreck."
(via ESPN Chicago)
Deng said in the locker room post-game that he also felt he was fouled. The Pacers, unsurprisingly, thought Hibbert played solid, tough defense. Hibbert said after the game that over the summer he worked on playing defense and blocking shots without fouling.
The result moved both teams to .500, with the Bulls dropping to 8-8 and the Pacers moving to 9-9 as they continue to scrap without star small forward Danny Granger.