Slow start dooms the Bulls again in a loss to the Pacers

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 05: Jeff Teague #44 of the Indiana Pacers drives to the basket against Jerian Grant #2 of the Chicago Bulls in the second half of the game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on November 5, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Pacers defeated the Bulls 111-94. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using the photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS – Just 22 hours earlier, Fred Hoiberg got on his Bulls team about starting slow in a loss to the Knicks on Friday night.

Looks like he will have to repeat that lesson again once his team returns from Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

After allowing 31 points to New York at the United Center on Friday night the Bulls gave up 31 against the Pacers on Saturday and played even worse offensively. The Bulls fell behind by 16 points after 12 minutes and never recovered in a 111-94 loss in Indianapolis.

A 3-0 start to the season seems a bit distant at the moment as Hoiberg’s team has now lost three consecutive games to drop to the .500 mark.

Jeff Teague scored 21 points to lead the Pacers while C.J. Miles scored 20 off the bench and hit four three-pointers. Both helped the Pacers expand their lead 24 points before the end of the third quarter before putting in most of their bench in the fourth.

Bobby Portis and Jimmy Butler each had 16 points on the night to lead the Bulls while Dwyane Wade struggled. The guard had his worst game of the season so far as he scored just four points and hit just 1-of-9 shots from the floor.