Indiana Pacers use late surge to drop Chicago Bulls to remain undefeated

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INDIANAPOLIS — Luis Scola, Donald Sloan and Lance Stephenson accounted for all the points in a decisive 12-2 run, thwarting a late charge by the Chicago Bulls and sending the Indiana Pacers, the NBA’s last unbeaten team, to an 97-80 victory Wednesday night.

The Pacers are 5-0 for the first time since 1971-72. Paul George had 21 points and six rebounds to lead Indiana, while David West had a season-high 17 points and 13 rebounds.

Luol Deng and Derrick Rose scored 17 points each to lead Chicago (1-3). Rose scored only three points in the second half.

KNICKS: Center Tyson Chandler is expected to miss 4 to 6 weeks because of a broken bone in his right leg.

The team said Wednesday that tests showed no ligament or nerve damage and surgery is not required.

BUCKS: Forward Caron Butler was fined $15,000 by the league Wednesday for making an obscene gesture during the Bucks’ game in Boston on Friday night.

• Center Larry Sanders injured a thumb in an off-court incident that is being investigated by police.

“I’m not sure exactly what happened but right now it’s under investigation,” Bucks coach Larry Drew said. “I do know that it is being investigated and that’s the word I’ve got.”


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