INDIANAPOLIS — Derrick Rose and Luol Deng each scored 16 points to help the Chicago Bulls beat the Indiana Pacers 95-86 on Friday night in the preseason opener for both teams.
C.J. Watson added 15 points for the Bulls, who brought their share of red-clad fans for the game that had some of the intensity of a key regular-season game. It was a rematch of last season's first-round playoff series, which the Bulls won 4-1.
Tyler Hansbrough had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Paul George added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers. Danny Granger scored 12 points for Indiana, but was just 5 for 17 from the field. Indianapolis native George Hill scored three points in his first game in a Pacers uniform after being acquired from San Antonio.