The Chicago Bulls were on-fire in its game with the Indiana Pacers and raced out to a convincing 62-41 half-time lead.
Chicago showed a glimpse of the team it could become this season with everyone playing a strong game. The Bulls had a 29 point lead in the fourth quarter. By that time, Rajon Rondo, Jimmy Butler, and Dwyane Wade took a seat on the bench as the reserves finished out a 118-101 rout of Indiana.
Six Bulls scored in double-figures led by 6th man, Doug McDermott who had 23 points and made five of six three-point baskets. With McDermott lighting it up from the field, it took pressure off of F Jimmy Butler and G Dwyane Wade. Butler was hot, hitting six of nine shots for 16 points. Rajon Rondo, the guard acquired from Sacramento, had 13 assists. Wade scored 14 points after his 22 point debut the night before.
The big men for the Bulls played well too. Robin Lopez chipped in with 12 points and made some nice defensive plays. Taj Gibson tallied 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.
The Bulls had a huge second quarter when it shot 77% on 14 for 18 attempts from the floor. Last season, Chicago did not have many of these type of wins. Coach Fred Hoiberg sat Butler, Rondo, and Wade for the fourth quarter.
Paul George led the Pacers with 20 points. They were severely outplayed in the Bulls’ second win of the young season. This offense has firepower. The bench appears to have more depth than last season. The recent addition of Michael Carter-Williams adds to the bench strength of Chicago. Williams can pass, rebound, and make assists. Four years ago he was the NBA Rookie of the Year.
Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah are gone and now play for the New York Knicks. But after this win, who’s missing them?
Chicago next plays Brooklyn on Monday night as the team attempts to open the season with its third straight win.