Bulls hold on against the Pacers to claim vital win.
The Chicago Bulls held on for an important 87-84 win over Eastern Conference rivals the Indiana Pacers as they maintain their sixth spot in the standings.
Joakim Noah sat out the game with a strained left foot, but the Bulls were able to secure their first win against Indiana this season thanks in large part to Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer. Deng had a team-high 20 points, while Boozer contributed 18 points and 10 rebounds.
The Bulls also had good production off the bench, with seldom-used reserve guard Daequan Cook adding 9 points, five rebounds and two assists before exiting the game with a thigh injury after colliding with the cameramen.
Paul George led the Pacers with 23 points and 11 rebounds, while Roy Hibbert added 18 points and 12 rebounds, but despite a late comeback it wasn’t enough for Indiana who missed a late three-pointer attempt to level the scores.
The Pacers head to Atlanta to take on the Hawks on Monday, while the Bulls are back in action on Sunday when they face the Minnesota Timberwolves.