How it happened: Danny Granger had 22 points and nine rebounds to lead the Pacers to an impressive win. Roy Hibbert added 20 points and eight rebounds of his own. The Pacers played the Bulls tough from the jump and seemed to outwork the Bulls at certain points, especially towards the end of the game. Derrick Rose had 24 points. Ronnie Brewer had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Joakim Noah added 10 points and 13 rebounds, but it wasn't enough for the Bulls on this night, especially playing without Luol Deng (wrist) and Taj Gibson (ankle).
What it means: The Pacers always play the Bulls tough and have clearly improved since last season. They play Tom Thibodeau's style of basketball and would have been a tough matchup for the Bulls even if Deng and Gibson were in the lineup. This game will be a good teaching point for Thibodeau going forward. His team knew it would have to step up without Deng and Gibson, but they are going to have to go back to the drawing board. The Pacers showed just how big the loss of Deng, and to a lesser extent Gibson, will be for the Bulls until both come back. Thibodeau has to find a way to generate more offense without Deng in the lineup. The Bulls struggled to do that on Wednesday night.
Stats of the night: The Pacers out-rebounded the Bulls, 44-41.
What's next: The Bulls hope to start a new winning streak Friday night when they take on the Milwaukee Bucks at the United Center.