Chicago Bulls deal Indiana Pacers their first loss
Luol Deng scored 23 points and the Chicago Bulls knocked off the NBA’s last unbeaten team by beating the Indiana Pacers 110-94,
The Associated Press
CHICAGO – Luol Deng scored 23 points, Derrick Rose added 20 and the Chicago Bulls knocked off the NBA’s last unbeaten team with a 110-94 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.
Taj Gibson had 15 points and eight rebounds for Chicago (5-3), which won its fourth straight game behind 11-of-19 shooting from three-point range.
Indiana (9-1) was the NBA’s first 9-0 team since the 2002-’03 Dallas Mavericks, who started 14-0. The nine victories to start a season matched a franchise record.
Nursing a sore right hamstring, Rose was effective in his 30 minutes on the court. He wove around and penetrated the league’s best defense, which hadn’t allowed more than 91 points to an opponent this season.
Rose was injured Monday against Cleveland, and did not play in Chicago’s 96-80 victory Friday at Toronto.
The 25-year-old former league MVP sank a floater in the lane three minutes in, followed by a three-pointer 30 seconds later to ignite a 12-2 first-quarter run.
“We got off to a good start,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. “(The Pacers) missed some shots that they usually make.”
Roy Hibbert led Indiana with 14 points.
Chicago held Paul George to 12 points. He entered the game seventh in the league with 24.6 points per game.
“I understand I’m going to have nights like this when shots aren’t falling,” George said. “I just don’t want to have many.”
EL SEGUNDO, Calif.– Superstar Kobe Bryant returned to practice with the Los Angeles Lakers for the first time since he tore his Achilles tendon seven months ago.
Bryant went through several light drills with teammates in a short practice.
Bryant, 35, has not given a timetable for returning to game action but told NBA TV: “If it was a playoff game tonight, I could play.”
• Ex-Washington State player Klay Thompson scored 25 points to lead host Golden State to a 102-88 victory over Utah.
Marvin Williams of Bremerton scored 14 points for Utah.