CHICAGO – It could have been the passing of the torch in the Central Division for a season and maybe beyond.
In three previous meeting the Pacers had defeated the Bulls and Saturday’s game at the United Center gave them a shot to sweep the season series and take a stranglehold on first place in the division.
But the Pacers’ offense struggled in the second half as a halftime lead faded away in a 87-84 loss to the Bulls on Saturday night in Chicago.
Indiana was outscored by eight in the second half and scored just 17 fourth quarter points as their four-game winning streak was snapped and their lead in the Central Division was trimmed to five games. The Knicks, meanwhile, tied the Pacers for second in the Eastern Conference with a win over the Raptors.
Paul George led the Pacers with 23 points. Indiana will return home for a game against the Hawks on Monday night.