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Hinrich's career-high leads Bulls past Pacers

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

By ANDREW SELIGMAN

AP Sports Writer

CHICAGO -- Kirk Hinrich scored a career-high 38 points, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Indiana Pacers 108-95 on Wednesday night even though their two best players were injured.

The Bulls learned earlier in the day that forward Luol Deng would miss one to three weeks because of his recurring left Achilles' tendinitis. Then, they found out that leading scorer Ben Gordon would sit out with a sprained right wrist.

Even so, they had more than enough to beat the Pacers.

Hinrich, who hit 14 of 21 shots, scored 12 points in the fourth quarter and left to a loud ovation with 40 seconds left. Andres Nocioni added 24 points, including six during a 17-0 run in the second quarter that snapped a 29-all tie and put the Bulls ahead for good.

Joakim Noah added 14 points and 15 rebounds, and Thabo Sefolosha scored 14 points.

Danny Granger did all he could to keep Indiana in the game, scoring a career-high 33 points.

The Pacers had whittled the lead to 79-77 on a basket by Shawne Williams and two free throws by Mike Dunleavy 1:16 into the fourth. But the Bulls went on a 16-6 run that increased their lead to 95-83 with 5:19 left in the game.

Hinrich scored six points during that stretch and delivered a behind-the-back pass in transition to Noah for a dunk that drew a roar from the crowd.

INDIANA (95)

Dunleavy 2-12 6-8 10, Granger 11-18 7-7 33, Foster 3-5 6-6 12, Tinsley 1-4 0-0 2, Rush 5-14 0-0 13, Daniels 0-3 0-0 0, Williams 3-11 2-2 8, Diener 4-10 0-0 10, Diogu 1-1 0-0 2, Harrison 1-3 1-2 3, Graham 0-1 0-0 0, Owens 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 32-83 22-25 95.

CHICAGO (108)

Nocioni 8-19 6-9 24, Smith 2-5 2-2 6, Wallace 1-4 1-4 3, Hinrich 14-21 6-6 38, Sefolosha 6-16 2-2 14, Noah 6-9 2-2 14, Thomas 1-1 2-2 4, Griffin 2-8 1-3 5, Gray 0-1 0-0 0, Nichols 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 40-84 22-30 108.

Indiana24193022--95
Chicago27302229--108

3-Point Goals--Indiana 9-30 (Granger 4-7, Rush 3-6, Diener 2-6, Tinsley 0-1, Williams 0-4, Dunleavy 0-6), Chicago 6-16 (Hinrich 4-5, Nocioni 2-8, Sefolosha 0-3). Fouled Out--None. Rebounds--Indiana 53 (Foster 11), Chicago 53 (Noah 15). Assists--Indiana 20 (Tinsley 6), Chicago 19 (Hinrich 10). Total Fouls--Indiana 21, Chicago 22. A--21,774 (22,467).



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