INDIANAPOLIS — Danny Granger and the Indiana Pacers haven’t given up on the season.Granger had 30 points and eight rebounds to help the struggling Pacers beat the Bulls 100-90 on Saturday night.The Pacers snapped a three-game losing streak and won for just the second time in nine games to improve to 20-39.Dahntay Jones and Troy Murphy each had 17 points, and Roy Hibbert added 12 for the Pacers, who avoided being swept by the Bulls this season in the teams’ four games.Derrick Rose had 27 points, and Luol Deng added 13 points and 18 rebounds for the Bulls (31-28), who trailed most of the game and fell behind by 16 in the fourth quarter.Indiana pushed a 12-point lead in the third quarter to 94-78 on Hibbert’s two free throws with less than five minutes left in the game. James Johnson’s 3-pointer got the Bulls to 96-88 with two minutes left, but four straight free throws by Granger and Murphy sealed the victory.The first half featured seven ties and two lead changes and neither team led by more than nine points. The Pacers took their biggest advantage of the half, 50-41, on Brandon Rush’s jumper late in the second quarter.Indiana stretched its lead to 12 on numerous occasions in the third quarter, including Murphy’s jumper to end the period.Taj Gibson finished with 14 points, nine rebounds and three blocks.Indiana capitalized on 21 Bulls turnovers.
NOTES—Pacers C Jeff Foster (back) and F Tyler Hansbrough (ear infection) did not play….Deng was given a technical foul for arguing a call in the fourth quarter…..The Bulls host Atlanta Monday night.
Danny Granger’s game-high 30 points and eight boards lift Indiana over the Bulls. (Getty Images)