It was a battle of the NBA‘s top defenses and front courts, but it proved to be anything other than a shootout. Despite the lack of offensive production from both teams, the Indiana Pacers were able to get a big win over the Chicago Bulls, 91-79. The two teams will meet again this Monday, but it was the Pacers’ big men who walked away with bragging rights Friday night.
Combining for 41 points and 23 rebounds, Luis Scola, Roy Hibbert and David West got the better of Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer and Taj Gibson. Chicago’s three-head big-men threat combined for 29 points and 23 rebounds, and shot a collective 11-35 from the field for a grand percentage of 31 percent.
Indiana’s win came on the heels of news that center Andrew Bynum will be out indefinitely due to troublesome knees. Scola seemed to take the news rather well, as he led the team in scoring with 19 points on 9-12 shooting in just 20 minutes. That is the type of productivity that Bynum could never provide the Pacers.
Both squads have incredible big-men and front courts that will more than just bother the Miami Heat, but if I had to pick one team, one front court, I’m going with Indiana. Scola, Hibbert and West have all been rather consistent in both the scoring and rebounding departments. Boozer has really struggled to find the touch, while Gibson is questionable at best. There is no question that the Bulls might play with more heart and injury, but the Pacers big-guys have shown more success and consistency. It may have something to do with a better backcourt backing them up, but whatever it is, the Indiana post-play will be a problem for Chicago and Miami.
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