The Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls had one of their usual close, gritty showdowns in the Chi last night, with the Pacers emerging victorious. Derrick Rose was upset not only by the Bulls’ first home loss of the season, but also because of the way Indy celebrated on his court. Per the Daily Herald: “The Bulls (16-4) lost for the first time at home this season, dropping a 94-90 decision in this suddenly intense Central Division rivalry. The Bulls beat the Pacers in the first round of last year’s playoffs in five tough games. ‘I’ll never forget how they celebrated just from winning this game,’ Rose said in the locker room. ‘I can’t wait to play them again.’ The next meeting is back at the United Center on March 5. The Bulls visit Indiana just once this season and not until April 25. The Pacers, obviously, couldn’t wait for this contest to be played. ‘The guys are just thrilled to get the win here,’ Indiana coach Frank Vogel said. ‘They were crushed that we didn’t beat (the Bulls) last year in the playoffs.'”
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