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|Bulls Down Pacers in Preseason Opener
|INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Rookie Taj Gibson had 19 points and nine rebounds to help the Chicago Bulls beat the Indiana Pacers 104-95 Friday night in the preseason opener for both teams.
Derrick Rose added 17 points, and Luol Deng and John Salmons had 15 each for the Bulls. Danny Granger led the Pacers with 27 points in 26 minutes. Luther Head scored 14 points, and Brandon Rush scored all 13 of his points in the second half for Indiana.
Chicago's Tyrus Thomas left the game in the third quarter because of a concussion.
Indiana guard Mike Dunleavy sat out because he's still recovering from surgery performed on his right knee last March. Pacers forward Troy Murphy rested a sprained left ankle, and rookie forward Tyler Hansbrough sat out with a sore right shin.
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