Nikola Vucevic took advantage of Indiana’s missing big men by posting 32 points and 17 rebounds to help the Chicago Bulls overwhelm the short-handed Pacers, 113-97, on Tuesday night in Indianapolis.
Chicago has won two straight since snapping a six-game losing streak and moved within one game of the Pacers for the No. 9 spot in the Eastern Conference. Vucevic also had five assists while going 14 of 29 from the field. All-Star Zach LaVine added 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
The combination was simply too much for Indiana, which started the game without two-time All-Star Domantas Sabonis (sprained left ankle) and guard Malcolm Brogdon (sore right hip), before losing Myles Turner in the third quarter with a sprained left ankle.
Caris LeVert led the Pacers with 20 points and six rebounds.
Hawks 123, Pelicans 107 — At Atlanta: Trae Young scored 30 points and helped lead a third-quarter 3-point barrage as surging Atlanta beat Zion Williamson and New Orleans.
76ers 106, Celtics 96— At Boston: Joel Embiid scored 35 points and Philadelphia rolled to a win over Boston.
Lakers 110, Raptors 101 — At Tampa, Fla.: Los Angeles built a 34-point lead in the first 20 minutes and cruised to a win over Toronto.
Grizzlies 124, Heat 112 — At Miami: Dillon Brooks scored 28 points on 10-for-16 shooting and Memphis ended Miami’s four-game winning streak.