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The Pacers ride a 7-game slide in a game with the Bulls

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clumsy Indiana Pacers He will try to snap a seven-game losing streak on Tuesday when he is Chicago BullsAnd, playing the second leg of a back-to-back set, visit Indianapolis.

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Chicago is on a three-game winning streak with a 111-100 home win over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday. DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points in his latest victory. Zach LaVine added 20 points and Nikola Vucevic had 14 points, 17 rebounds and seven assists.

The result was a successful comeback for the Bulls after their 126-108 defeat of the Detroit Pistons on Thursday in Paris. Lavigne scored 30 points in that contest while DeRozan, who returned to the lineup for the trip to France after missing three games due to a quadruple injury, finished with 26 points.

With 26 straight points, DeRozan has scored at least 21 in 13 of his past 15 games – with one of the two outliers being a January 9 loss in Boston where he first suffered his injury.

DeRozan—appearing in his 1,000th career game—was one of six Bulls to score in double figures against the Hawks. Alex Caruso and Kobe White scored 12 and 10 points, respectively, off the bench.

Chicago rebounded after shooting by 24 percent in the first quarter.

“One thing we’ve talked about all this year is, there will be games where shots don’t go in,” Caruso told NBC Sports Chicago in his post-game interview. “We have to rely on our defense, our discipline and our principles.”

The Bulls will be looking to continue their defensive play in the past two games against a Pacers team that has struggled to find chemistry with Tyrese Haliburton out of the lineup.

Haliburton — Indiana’s leading scorer this season at 20.2 points per game and leading assists in the NBA with 10.2 per contest — was sidelined after suffering elbow and knee injuries on January 11.

The Pacers don’t win that stretch, reaching their all-season scoring average of 115 points per game only once.

Haliburton told Bally Sports Indiana that the elbow slows his return to the lineup more than his knee. On JJ Redick’s “Old Man and Three” podcast, Haliburton suggested returning in early February.

Indiana dropped two games below . 500 due to the constant slip.

“Although it looks bad, it really isn’t that bad,” Paddy Held said in team remarks Monday. “We’re still in the mix.”

TJ McConnell’s play has been a positive for the Pacers amid their struggles. After flirting with a triple-double on January 14 against Memphis and scoring 29 points on January 16 in Milwaukee, McConnell scored a triple-double on Saturday in Indiana’s 112-107 loss to Phoenix: 18 points, 12 assists. and 10 rebounds.

“Try to be myself and get my teammates involved, shoot when I’m open and be wrong on defense,” McConnell said of his style after being moved into the starting lineup on Saturday. “Trying to get a third of Tyrese’s going to do with this unit.”

McConnell’s move to fifth place brought rookie Benedict Mathurin back to the bench, where he had his breakout season. After scoring 26 points in the first four straight games, Mathurin scored just under 17.3 points per game in three straight games.

He finished with scores of 19 and 23 in Indiana State’s last two games, coming off the bench each time.

–Field Argument Level

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