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Short-handed Pacers cruise past Bulls for third straight win

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) His sixth NBA season has been a slow transition in getting acclimated with a new team, so T.J. Warren admittedly was pressing too much.

On a Sunday night when the Indiana Pacers had a makeshift lineup with three injured starters sidelined, Warren adjusted well to playing a more prominent role with a season-high 26 points in a 108-95 home win over Chicago.

''It's definitely been a process,'' said Warren, acquired in the offseason after five years with Phoenix. ''I'm just trying to figure out how I can fit in and where I can be effective on this team. It's a whole new system with guys who have been together for like a month and a half now. We're still learning each other.''

Warren, a 14.4-point scorer with the Suns, was averaging 12.8 points for the Pacers (3-3) after a humbling 3-point effort on 1-of-8 shooting in a Friday home win over Cleveland. But this night the shots were falling from the outset as he scored 14 first-half points to help the Pacers take a 13-point lead at the break.

''It's more just him trying to find his rhythm and get a feel for where his opportunities are coming,'' said Pacers coach Nate McMillan. ''We're still early. It's going to take some time with this group getting a feel for each other.''

A Pacers squad already missing its best player - All-Star guard Victor Oladipo has yet to make his season debut in his recovery from knee surgery - was also without forward/center Myles Turner (ankle) and center Domantas Sabonis (calf contusion).

That meant McMillan was tinkering with lineups he hadn't even tried in practice, but they worked as the Pacers won their third straight game and sixth in a row against the Bulls (2-5).

''Guys have to be ready to step up and play when that opportunity presents itself,'' McMillan said. ''I thought tonight, as a group, we did.''

Point guard Malcom Brogdon had 22 points and seven of the Pacers' team-high 28 assists.

''Having Victor out, you know the type of player he is as an All-Star, and still being able to win games and put it together, it's been huge for us,'' Brogdon said. ''But to have Myles and Domas out and still get this win, it's huge for our confidence.''

Reserve forward TJ Leaf took advantage of extra minutes as a backup center with his second career double-double, 13 points and 15 rebounds. The third-year pro had entered with seasonal averages of 2.8 points and 2.5 rebounds.

The Bulls (2-5), winless in five road games, lamented a lost opportunity against an opponent missing key players.

''We've been the short-handed team that went out and scrapped it and junkyard-dogged it and beat teams that maybe we shouldn't have beaten,'' said Bulls coach Jim Boylen. ''We haven't been the team that's favored very often. And maybe that's the lesson we've got to learn, that whether you're favored or not, or whether they're hurt or not, you've got to bring it.''

Zach LaVine led the Bulls with 21 points and Wendell Carter Jr. added 20.

''We've got to take advantage of opportunities like this,'' said Bulls reserve forward Thaddeus Young, who had 12 points. ''I told the team in the postgame meeting this is what we call a trap game. We just didn't take advantage.''

TIP-INS

Bulls: LaVine joined select company on Friday in his 93rd game in bumping his career point total to 2,020. The only other Bulls to score more than 2,000 points in fewer games were Hall of Famer Michael Jordan (73 games) and Derrick Rose (86), according to Elias Sports Bureau.

Pacers: Rookie reserve center Goga Bitadze, drafted 18th overall, is making the most of his first extended playing time with nine points against the Bulls after scoring 10 against Cleveland on Friday. Prior to that, he had just two points in two games and did not play in two others.

FAMILIAR NAMES

At one point in the first half, the Pacers' lineup featured nothing but T.J.'s and Holidays with center TJ Leaf, forward T.J. Warren, forward T.J. McConnell, guard Justin Holiday and guard Aaron Holiday.

UP NEXT

Bulls: Host L.A. Lakers on Tuesday night.

Pacers: At Charlotte on Tuesday night.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:48 +2 Wendell Carter Jr. made floating jump shot, assist by Zach LaVine 2-0
11:32 +2 Goga Bitadze made jump shot, assist by Malcolm Brogdon 2-2
11:09 +2 Wendell Carter Jr. made floating jump shot, assist by Otto Porter Jr. 4-2
10:54 +3 Malcolm Brogdon made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Goga Bitadze 4-5
10:35 +2 Zach LaVine made jump shot, assist by Tomas Satoransky 6-5
10:18   Goga Bitadze missed turnaround jump shot  
10:15   Defensive rebound by Wendell Carter Jr.  
10:02   Zach LaVine missed jump shot  
9:58   Offensive rebound by Zach LaVine  
9:58   Zach LaVine missed layup, blocked by JaKarr Sampson  
9:58   Defensive rebound by JaKarr Sampson  
9:56   Bad pass turnover on JaKarr Sampson, stolen by Tomas Satoransky  
9:53   Otto Porter Jr. missed layup  
9:50   Defensive rebound by Malcolm Brogdon  
9:44 +2 Malcolm Brogdon made driving dunk 6-7
9:26   Shooting foul on Goga Bitadze  
9:26   Wendell Carter Jr. missed 1st of 2 free throws  
9:26   CHI team rebound  
9:26 +1 Wendell Carter Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 7-7
9:13 +2 JaKarr Sampson made dunk, assist by Jeremy Lamb 7-9
9:02   Personal foul on T.J. Warren  
8:54   Tomas Satoransky missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:51   Defensive rebound by Goga Bitadze  
8:38 +2 T.J. Warren made jump shot, assist by Malcolm Brogdon 7-11
8:20   Bad pass turnover on Tomas Satoransky, stolen by Jeremy Lamb  
8:16   Shooting foul on Lauri Markkanen  
8:16 +1 Jeremy Lamb made 1st of 2 free throws 7-12
8:16 +1 Jeremy Lamb made 2nd of 2 free throws 7-13
8:00 +3 Zach LaVine made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Tomas Satoransky 10-13
7:40 +2 T.J. Warren made floating jump shot, assist by Goga Bitadze 10-15
7:40   Shooting foul on Tomas Satoransky  
7:40 +1 T.J. Warren made free throw 10-16
7:20 +2 Tomas Satoransky made floating jump shot 12-16
7:10   JaKarr Sampson missed jump shot  
7:10   Defensive rebound by Tomas Satoransky  
6:55   Zach LaVine missed running Jump Shot  
6:54   CHI team rebound  
6:48   Zach LaVine missed driving layup, blocked by Goga Bitadze  
6:46   Defensive rebound by Malcolm Brogdon  
6:41   Shooting foul on Luke Kornet  
6:41   JaKarr Sampson missed 1st of 2 free throws  
6:41   IND team rebound  
6:41   JaKarr Sampson missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
6:39   Defensive rebound by Luke Kornet  
6:20   Otto Porter Jr. missed driving layup  
6:18   Defensive rebound by JaKarr Sampson  
6:10   Out of bounds turnover on Malcolm Brogdon  
5:55 +2 Thaddeus Young made driving layup, assist by Otto Porter Jr. 14-16
5:45   Out of bounds turnover on Justin Holiday  
5:34   Otto Porter Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:31   Defensive rebound by Jeremy Lamb  
5:20   Justin Holiday missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:17   Defensive rebound by Otto Porter Jr.  
5:09   Out of bounds turnover on Zach LaVine  
4:59   T.J. Warren missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:56   Defensive rebound by Coby White  
4:49   Coby White missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:47   Defensive rebound by TJ Leaf  
4:39 +2 T.J. Warren made reverse layup, assist by Malcolm Brogdon 14-18
4:28 +2 Thaddeus Young made floating jump shot, assist by Luke Kornet 16-18
4:13   Personal foul on Luke Kornet  
4:02   TJ Leaf missed jump shot  
4:00   Defensive rebound by Lauri Markkanen  
3:52   Kris Dunn missed driving layup, blocked by Justin Holiday  
3:49   Defensive rebound by TJ Leaf  
3:43   T.J. Warren missed jump shot  
3:39   Offensive rebound by T.J. McConnell  
3:39   T.J. McConnell missed dunk  
3:38   Offensive rebound by TJ Leaf  
3:38   TJ Leaf missed dunk  
3:37   Defensive rebound by Lauri Markkanen  
3:20   Thaddeus Young missed floating jump shot  
3:18   Defensive rebound by T.J. Warren  
3:10   Aaron Holiday missed finger-roll layup  
3:08   Defensive rebound by Thaddeus Young  
2:53   Lauri Markkanen missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:50   Defensive rebound by TJ Leaf  
2:29   Shooting foul on Ryan Arcidiacono  
2:29 +1 T.J. Warren made 1st of 2 free throws 16-19
2:29 +1 T.J. Warren made 2nd of 2 free throws 16-20
2:15   Thaddeus Young missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:11   Defensive rebound by T.J. McConnell  
1:55   TJ Leaf missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:51   Defensive rebound by Ryan Arcidiacono  
1:41   Ryan Arcidiacono missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:38   Defensive rebound by TJ Leaf  
1:23 +2 Justin Holiday made jump shot, assist by T.J. McConnell 16-22
1:08   Bad pass turnover on Coby White, stolen by TJ Leaf  
1:04   T.J. Warren missed layup  
1:02   Defensive rebound by Coby White  
0:48   Lauri Markkanen missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:45   Defensive rebound by Justin Holiday  
0:42 +2 TJ Leaf made dunk, assist by T.J. McConnell 16-24
0:29 +2 Thaddeus Young made hook shot 18-24
0:05   Justin Holiday missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   Defensive rebound by Lauri Markkanen  
0:00   Lauri Markkanen missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   CHI team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:51   Offensive foul on Doug McDermott  
11:51   Turnover on Doug McDermott  
11:41   Kris Dunn missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:38   Defensive rebound by T.J. McConnell  
11:34   Personal foul on Ryan Arcidiacono  
11:24   Goga Bitadze missed jump shot  
11:20   Defensive rebound by Kris Dunn  
11:13 +2 Lauri Markkanen made driving layup, assist by Kris Dunn 20-24
10:53 +2 Goga Bitadze made layup, assist by Doug McDermott 20-26
10:41 +2 Wendell Carter Jr. made layup 22-26
10:23   Doug McDermott missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:20   Defensive rebound by Wendell Carter Jr.  
9:59   Shooting foul on Goga Bitadze  
9:59 +1 Lauri Markkanen made 1st of 2 free throws 23-26
9:59 +1 Lauri Markkanen made 2nd of 2 free throws 24-26
9:47 +2 Goga Bitadze made dunk, assist by Aaron Holiday 24-28
9:34   Bad pass turnover on Kris Dunn, stolen by Aaron Holiday  
9:29   Justin Holiday missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:25   Offensive rebound by Doug McDermott  
9:22   Shooting foul on Kris Dunn  
9:22   Aaron Holiday missed 1st of 2 free throws  
9:22   IND team rebound  
9:22 +1 Aaron Holiday made 2nd of 2 free throws 24-29
9:06   Thaddeus Young missed turnaround jump shot, blocked by Goga Bitadze  
9:03   Offensive rebound by Wendell Carter Jr.  
9:02 +2 Wendell Carter Jr. made dunk 26-29
8:49   Doug McDermott missed layup, blocked by Ryan Arcidiacono  
8:49   IND team rebound  
8:49   Personal foul on Ryan Arcidiacono  
8:49 +1 Doug McDermott made free throw 26-30
8:48 +2 Doug McDermott made jump shot, assist by Jeremy Lamb 26-32
8:35   Personal foul on Jeremy Lamb  
8:28 +3 Zach LaVine made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Wendell Carter Jr. 29-32
8:06 +3 Goga Bitadze made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jeremy Lamb 29-35
7:50   Coby White missed jump shot  
7:47   Defensive rebound by Goga Bitadze  
7:24   Doug McDermott missed jump shot  
7:20   Defensive rebound by Zach LaVine  
7:08 +3 Zach LaVine made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Thaddeus Young 32-35
6:54   Shooting foul on Zach LaVine  
6:54 +1 Jeremy Lamb made 1st of 3 free throws 32-36
6:54 +1 Jeremy Lamb made 2nd of 3 free throws 32-37
6:54 +1 Jeremy Lamb made 3rd of 3 free throws 32-38
6:42 +2 Luke Kornet made alley-oop shot, assist by Otto Porter Jr. 34-38
6:27 +3 Doug McDermott made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Malcolm Brogdon 34-41
6:11   Traveling violation turnover on Otto Porter Jr.  
5:58 +2 TJ Leaf made driving layup, assist by Malcolm Brogdon 34-43
5:42   Out of bounds turnover on Zach LaVine  
5:31 +2 Malcolm Brogdon made finger-roll layup 34-45
5:20 +2 Tomas Satoransky made finger-roll layup 36-45
5:07   Lost ball turnover on Doug McDermott, stolen by Thaddeus Young  
5:01   Tomas Satoransky missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:58   Defensive rebound by TJ Leaf  
4:41 +3 T.J. Warren made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Doug McDermott 36-48
4:27   Offensive foul on Thaddeus Young  
4:27   Turnover on Thaddeus Young  
4:15   T.J. Warren missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:10   Defensive rebound by Shaquille Harrison  
3:58   Lauri Markkanen missed driving layup, blocked by Jeremy Lamb  
3:53   Defensive rebound by Jeremy Lamb  
3:51   Jeremy Lamb missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:47   Defensive rebound by Thaddeus Young  
3:44   Shooting foul on Doug McDermott  
3:44   Thaddeus Young missed 1st of 2 free throws  
3:44   CHI team rebound  
3:44   Thaddeus Young missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
3:43   Defensive rebound by TJ Leaf  
3:34   Offensive foul on Malcolm Brogdon  
3:34   Turnover on Malcolm Brogdon  
3:24   Personal foul on Goga Bitadze  
3:20   Otto Porter Jr. missed floating jump shot  
3:16   Offensive rebound by Wendell Carter Jr.  
3:16 +2 Wendell Carter Jr. made dunk 38-48
2:59 +2 Malcolm Brogdon made jump shot, assist by Doug McDermott 38-50
2:49   Zach LaVine missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:46   Defensive rebound by Doug McDermott  
2:40   Personal foul on Otto Porter Jr.  
2:40 +1 Doug McDermott made 1st of 2 free throws 38-51
2:40   Doug McDermott missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
2:38   Defensive rebound by Wendell Carter Jr.  
2:23 +2 Wendell Carter Jr. made dunk, assist by Tomas Satoransky 40-51
2:09 +2 T.J. Warren made turnaround jump shot 40-53
1:58 +2 Wendell Carter Jr. made alley-oop shot, assist by Tomas Satoransky 42-53
1:40   Malcolm Brogdon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:37   Defensive rebound by Lauri Markkanen  
1:21   Otto Porter Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:16   Offensive rebound by Tomas Satoransky  
1:12   Otto Porter Jr. missed floating jump shot  
1:10   IND team rebound  
1:10   Personal foul on Otto Porter Jr.  
1:10 +1 Jeremy Lamb made 1st of 2 free throws 42-54
1:10 +1 Jeremy Lamb made 2nd of 2 free throws 42-55
0:57   Zach LaVine missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:56   IND team rebound  
0:47   Jeremy Lamb missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:43   CHI team rebound  
0:35   Offensive foul on Wendell Carter Jr.  
0:35   Turnover on Wendell Carter Jr.  
0:29   Malcolm Brogdon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:27   Defensive rebound by Zach LaVine  
0:09   Zach LaVine missed driving layup  
0:06   Offensive rebound by Wendell Carter Jr.  
0:02   Traveling violation turnover on Zach LaVine  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:43   Traveling violation turnover on Jeremy Lamb  
11:33 +2 Tomas Satoransky made jump shot 44-55
11:21   Goga Bitadze missed jump shot  
11:16   Offensive rebound by JaKarr Sampson  
11:11 +2 T.J. Warren made jump shot, assist by Malcolm Brogdon 44-57
11:01 +3 Lauri Markkanen made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Tomas Satoransky 47-57
10:49 +2 Malcolm Brogdon made finger-roll layup 47-59
10:33