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Frank Vogel jabs back at Bulls

The Chicago Bulls' and Indiana Pacers' budding rivalry added another layer last week when Derrick Rose promised he wouldn't forget the way the Pacers celebrated after winning in Chicago.

Pacers coach Frank Vogel volleyed back on Monday with a jab of his own.

"I don't know if we really celebrated any more than a lot of teams celebrated when they get a road win," Vogel said on "The Scott Van Pelt Show" on ESPN Radio. "I know they've got a couple guys on their team who celebrate on every play. I just think it's the thrill of victory.

"If they want to add some spice to the rivalry we welcome that. Rivalries are fun. Winning is fun. It's all good."

In their first meeting since a physical first-round playoff series won by the Bulls last season, the Pacers ended Chicago's 12-game regular season home winning streak with a 95-90 victory on Jan. 25. The Pacers' celebration left an impression on Rose.

"I'll never forget how they celebrated just from winning this game," Rose told reporters after the game. "I can't wait to play them again."

Bulls swingman Ronnie Brewer told "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000 that the Bulls could hear the Pacers' celebration in the locker room.

Vogel defended his Pacers, who aside from handing the Bulls a rare home loss, did it on the second night of a back-to-back after a loss to the Orlando Magic.

"I think there is a little dispute about how much we really celebrated," Vogel said Monday. "We were excited. We're excited every time we get a win. In particular any road win and against a team that we struggled to close out some games against last year in the playoffs but also a team that had won 25 out of 26 home regular season games.

"So to go in there on the second night of a back to back after coming off the West Coast, it was a huge win for us."

The Bulls next face the Pacers on March 5 in the United Center.