It was a night of sweet, cheap sweet Central Division revenge for the Chicago Bulls when they beat the front running Indiana Pacers 89-77 Monday night at the United Center. With their pride on the line, ailment the Bulls came out thirsty and gave Indy a physical challenge that the leaders of the East aren’t quite used to.
Just four nights ago the Pacers gave the Bulls a serious beat-down in Indy, sovaldi but last night Los Bulls came out fully charged led by Sixth Man Taj Gibson and a suffocating team defense. Gibson had accused the Pacers of “flopping” after their defeat in Indy Friday and last night he took his frustrations out on the basket. With their win, the Bulls also prevented their divisional foes from clinching the Central Division title.
It may have only been a regular season game, but the intensity of this matchup was through the roof of the Madhouse. This rivalry isn’t going any where any time soon, so who’s ready for another playoff series between the big men of the midwest?
What You Need to Know:
- #MCM goes out to Taj Gibson. Monday night was all about Taj, easily a top candidate for Sixth Man of the Year, who dunked all over the Pacers’ big men and was a continued catalyst for his men in red finishing with 23 points and eight rebounds. It seems as though Gibson is like a fine wine, he’s is only getting better with age.
- Paul George led the Pacers with 21 points and seven rebounds and his teammates George Hill (17 points, four assists) and David West (14 points, nine rebounds) contributed with solid play.
- Captain Kirk (Hinrich) also provided his Bulls with an offensive pick-me-up scoring 16 of his 18 points in the second half of the game.
- Between Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson – Pacers’ big man Roy Hibbert had limited impact under the hoop – which is normally his domain.
- The rivalry between these divisional teams is unspoken, neither organization ever openly discusses any “rivalry” but the players have their own agendas. Things got chippy quick between the Bulls and Pacers who both have reputations of being physical teams. David West and Jimmy Butler were called for double technical fouls after a free-throw situation – ugly.
Your Take Away Piece:
“The Bulls aren’t going anywhere without a fight this season. They are resilient and a bit stubborn, but games like Monday night remind us to keep believing in the Bulls because they’re ready to brawl with the best. Indiana has the best record in the Eastern Conference at the moment and it’s highly likely that the Bulls will face the Pacers again on the big stage of the NBA playoffs.”
The Bulls get a three day break before they host the Portland Trailblazers on Friday at 7 PM. With a little less than a month to play in the regular season, every game matters as the Bulls and Raptors are neck-in-neck for the third place spot in the Eastern Conference. Keep the wins coming boys!