Payback: Bulls crush Pacers to win their seventh-straight game

March 05, 2012|RedEye

The last time the Indiana Pacers were at the United Center, they were celebrating a 95-90 win over the Bulls.

Too much celebrating, according to Derrick Rose.

After the game he expressed his frustration.

"I'll never forget how they celebrated just from winning this game," Rose said Jan. 25. "I can't wait to play them again."

Turns out, the way the Bulls played, it seems as if many of them didn't like that public display of celebration at the United Center as the Bulls rolled to a 92-72 win Monday night.

Here's how some of the Bulls exacted their revenge.

He's Deng-erous

Out with an injured hand in the teams' previous meeting, Luol Deng led the way for the Bulls on Monday, scoring a team-high 20 points with six rebounds and four assists. Had he played in that earlier game, perhaps there would have been no celebrating.

Surprise, it's Lucas

Another Bull who didn't play the last time the two teams met, John Lucas III reeled off nine points in about 4-and-a-half minutes in the first half to surprise the Pacers when Rose went to the bench.

Spicy block party

Kyle Korver, the bringer of the three-point hot sauce, had a big block on Lou Amundson with 3:17 to play and the Pacers trying to rally.

White Mamba strikes

Brian Scalabrine, who was in for Carlos Boozer in the waning moments of that Jan. 25 loss to the Pacers and missed a 3-pointer that could have given the Bulls the lead, was on the court in the final seconds Monday—and he didn't miss this time. He sank a jumper with 23 seconds left to give the Bulls a 20-point lead.

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