Butler, Wade, Rondo lead Bulls to 118-101 rout of Pacers

Jeffrey Becker / USA TODAY Sports
Jeffrey Becker / USA TODAY Sports

CHICAGO (AP) — Doug McDermott had 23 points, Jimmy Butler added 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting and Rajon Rondo had 13 assists to lead the Bulls to a 118-101 rout of the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night, Chicago’s second straight victory to open the season.

McDermott scored 11 points in the fourth quarter as coach Fred Hoiberg gave his veteran starters — Butler, Rondo and Dwyane Wade, who had 14 points — the rest of the night off after the third quarter.

Taj Gibson had 12 points and eight rebounds, and Robin Lopez added 12 points for the Bulls.

Paul George and Myles Turner had 20 points apiece to lead the Pacers (1-2).

The Bulls had a 24-20 lead at the end of the first quarter before breaking things open with a dominant second. They scored 38 points on 14-for-18 (77.8 percent) shooting in the quarter to race out to a 62-41 halftime lead.

Indiana seemingly sleep-walked on defense throughout much of the second quarter — especially in transition where the Bulls had a 19-0 edge in fast-break points. McDermott had seven points in seven minutes, and five players scored at least five points. Rondo added six assists.

Through three games, the Pacers have been outscored by a total of 33 points in the second quarter.

Chicago maintained its intensity in the third quarter and stretched the lead to 92-67 entering the fourth.

The Bulls lead by as many as 29 points in the final quarter (102-73) before Indiana made a futile run in garbage time to trim the deficit to 112-101 with two minutes to play.

TIP-INS

Pacers: Aaron Brooks (sore right knee) and Rodney Stuckey (right hamstring) sat out with injuries. Stuckey is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday.

Bulls: Wade said he’s feeling fine but sat out Friday’s practice after playing 32 minutes in the opener on Thursday. The 13-year veteran said he will take regular days off to stay healthy and fresh. “Certain days (are) better to be mental days than physical days,” he said.

CUBS FEVER

With the Bulls idle Friday night, Wade attended Game 3 of the World Series at Wrigley Field.

“I noticed that everybody in my family that was at the game, everybody had on Cubs gear — and I know everybody’s not a Cubs fan,” he said. “But it’s just about being a part of the moment. It’s a historic thing for the city of Chicago . and a lot of people just want to say they’ve been to a World Series.”

UP NEXT

Pacers: Host Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.

Bulls: At Brooklyn on Monday.