The game was tied at 84 heading into the fourth quarter, where both teams hit a shooting slump. The Pacers shot 22 percent and the Bulls 26 percent, but outscored Indiana 14-12. The lead changed a total of 14 times throughout the game.
“(It was) a really ugly fourth quarter on the offensive end,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said.
“We beat them (with) ball screens in the fourth quarter. We were trying to confuse them and slip them out. (Mirotic) was big time all game long and put the ball in Jimmy’s hands at the end. Jimmy rose up and knocked down a big shot.”
The Pacers outscored the Bulls 52-36 in the paint, 15-5 in fast-break points and finished the game with four fewer turnovers, but still managed to lose a crucial game against a division opponent. The Bulls hold the tiebreaker over the Pacers for playoff seeding as the season enters the final two weeks.
As for the ballpark itself, the team will be bringing out the big guns when it comes to serving fans food. Hot Doug’s will return to the bleachers at the ballpark, bringing along a wide variety of dishes. Giordano’s will also be back in the ballpark as the official pizza of the team, and High Plains Bison hot dogs will be available in the main concourse.
The Cubs will also open several new attractions, including a rebranded Fannie May Bleacher Sweet in center field and the Marquee Grill, located on the main terrace underneath the iconic sign at the ballpark.
All of these amenities and new features will only be available after an extended security procedure this season. The team is recommending fans arrive at the ballpark a half hour earlier than they used to to deal with the new features, and with sellouts expected throughout the season, delays will be inevitable as the team enacts new procedures laid out by Major League Baseball.
The ban will leave the Blackhawks even more short-handed than usual on their blue line, as they continue to deal with ineffective play and injuries with the playoffs looming.
ake Arrieta yielded two hits over seven dominant innings, Miguel Montero homered and drove in three runs, and the Chicago Cubs opened a season of high expectations with a 9-0 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.