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Battered Pacers Lose Seventh Straight Game

Last updated on Wednesday, December 30, 2009

(CHICAGO, IL) - The Indiana Pacers’ losing streak is up to seven as they lost to the Bulls 104-95 in Chicago.

Indiana trailed by 19 points in the second quarter but came back to take the lead midway through the third before the Bulls finished the period on a 16-2 run and were never headed.

The Pacers started the game shorthanded up front as rookie Tyler Hansbrough missed the game with an inner ear infection.

It got worse in the third quarter when Troy Murphy sprained his left ankle.

Murphy did not return. Derrick Rose led Chicago with 28 points with John Salmons finishing with 17 points and former pacer Brad Miller adding 16.

Roy Hibbert led the pacers with 17 points with Mike Dunleavy and Solomon Jones adding 13 points each as the Blue and Gold fall to 9-21 on the season.

The Pacers are back home tonight as they host the Memphis Grizzlies.

It is not known if Hansbrough or Murphy will be available for tonight's game with the Grizzlies.

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