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Bulls top Pacers 95-86 in preseason opener

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  • Derrick Rose scored 16 to help the Bulls beat the Indiana Pacers Friday night in Indianapolis in both teams preseason opener.

      Derrick Rose scored 16 to help the Bulls beat the Indiana Pacers Friday night in Indianapolis in both teams preseason opener.
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Derrick Rose and Luol Deng each scored 16 points to help the Bulls beat the Indiana Pacers 95-86 on Friday night in the preseason opener for both teams.

C.J. Watson added 15 points for the Bulls, who brought their share of red-clad fans for the game that had some of the intensity of a key regular-season game. It was a rematch of last season's first-round playoff series, which the Bulls won 4-1.

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Tyler Hansbrough had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Paul George added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers. Danny Granger scored 12 points for Indiana, but was just 5 for 17 from the field. Indianapolis native George Hill scored three points in his first game in a Pacers uniform after being acquired from San Antonio.

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