Rapid Reaction: Pacers 97, Bulls 80

INDIANAPOLIS -- Let's take a quick look at how the Indiana Pacers earned a hard-fought 97-80 win over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

How it happened: Paul George had 21 points and six rebounds while David West added 16 points and 13 rebounds as the Pacers rolled to 5-0. Luol Deng had a nice night for the Bulls, scoring 17 points, but it wasn't enough for a Bulls squad that continues to struggle offensively.

What it means: The story remains the same for the Bulls. They're playing tough enough to win; they just can't hit enough shots down the stretch or make enough defensive stops when it matters most. After a promising first half in which Derrick Rose scored 12 of his 17 points, he couldn't find his rhythm in the second half as Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau decided to stick with Kirk Hinrich throughout much of that time.

The Bulls shouldn't be worried that the sky is falling because they still have plenty of talent on this team. But Thibodeau has to be concerned that his team's offense continues to falter down the stretch in games. Obviously, Indiana is one of the better defensive teams in the league. But the Bulls were getting good looks just the same; they just weren't making their shots.

Hits: Hinrich had a good night off the bench, scoring 12 points and recording five assists.

Misses: The Bulls were just 5-for-20 from the field in the third quarter.

Stats of the night: The Pacers closed the game on a 30-11 run. The Bulls turned the ball over 18 times, resulting in 29 Indiana points off those turnovers.

What's next: The Bulls face off against the Utah Jazz on Friday night at the United Center.