Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) is stripped of the ball by Chicago Bulls forward Joakim Noah (13) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Photo by Brian Spurlock, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.
INDIANAPOLIS - Paul George, Roy Hibbert and Lance Stephenson led a balanced Indiana attack to power the Pacers over Chicago 91-79 Friday, but learned center Andrew Bynum will be sidelined indefinitely.
George contributed 10 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for the Pacers while Stephenson netted 15 points and Hibbert added 12 points and 11 rebounds.
It was the fifth win in six NBA games for Indiana, which improved to an Eastern Conference-best 51-18.
Chicago, led by 17 points each from D.J. Augustin and Jimmy Butler, fell to 38-31, fourth overall in the East but 13 games behind Indiana in the Central division with 13 games to play.
Joakim Noah contributed 12 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and four steals for the Bulls, who allowed Indiana 17 points in a row early in the third quarter to fall behind for good.
Stephenson scored nine points in the Pacers' key run, which produced a 63-45 Indiana lead.
Before the game, the Pacers said Bynum will be out indefinitely with soreness and swelling in his right knee.
Bynum missed all of the 2012-13 season with knee issues. He averaged 8.4 points and 5.3 rebounds in 24 games with Cleveland, then traded to Chicago but dumped without playing a game for the Bulls in a salary cap move.
In two games with Indiana, Bynum averaged 11.5 points and 9.5 rebounds.
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