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March 25, 2014

Gibson scores 23, leads Bulls past Pacers 89-77

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The Pacers, who were led by Paul George's 21 points, have dropped three straight and six of eight on the road. They've lost four of five at the United Center, including both visits this season.

"Give them credit, as their defense is elite," George said. "You need quick strikes and fast breaks to beat it."

That didn't happen too often Monday night and it hasn't been happening enough of late for the Pacers as they continue to struggle.

"It's just the type of stuff where people can't get into a rhythm," said center Roy Hibbert, who had just three points and five rebounds. "It's just a lot of 1-on-1 basketball."

The Pacers earned a 91-79 victory over the Bulls on Friday night at Indiana on the strength of a 19-0 third-quarter run. This time, the Bulls turned the tables, starting the second half with a 16-5 surge to take a 49-39 lead.

A few minutes later, Indiana had cut the lead to 55-49 and George had the ball on a fast break ahead of the field. Hinrich, though, caught him from behind and looked as if he was going to give an intentional foul. Instead, Hinrich stripped the ball and the Bulls headed in the opposite direction as George complained that he was fouled.

The Bulls completed the four-point swing on Gibson's dunk to make it 57-49 with just more than 4 minutes left in the third quarter.

The Bulls took a 64-56 lead into the fourth and were never seriously threatened down the stretch.

"We made a lot of defensive adjustments," said Gibson, who fouled out of the previous meeting and accused the Pacers of flopping. "We played with a lot more intensity, a lot more aggressiveness, and it showed."

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