The Chicago Bulls welcomed back Derrick Rose…again. Rose missed Friday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors with a “sore hamstring”, but returned for Saturday night’s 110-94 complete domination of the Indiana Pacers.
Chicago used Luol Deng’s 23 points and seven rebounds to derail the Pacers (9-1), handing them their first loss of the season. Rose also had his best game of the season, scoring 20 points in 30 minutes. Kirk Hinrich added 13 points and eight assists off the bench.
The Bulls looked the best they’ve had all season long, smoothing the Pacers with strong defense and scoring at will with silky-smooth offense. Indiana looked out of sorts for much of the night and shot (40 percent) putrid for better part of it too.
Paul George finished with 12 points on 3 for 14 shooting. It was easily his worse performance of the season.
At one point, the Pacers were shooting 22.6 percent from the floor. Ouch.
The Bulls (5-3) are back in action against the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday. Indiana will look to bounce back on Wednesday in Madison Square Garden.