Posted December 26, 2012 on AP on Fox
The Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers have finished at the top of the Central Division in each of the past two seasons, largely due to their defensive prowess. Defense continues to be both teams' calling card this year, though one is currently trying to rebound from back-to-back disappointments. Chicago will travel to Indianapolis looking to avoid equaling a season-high three-game skid in a matchup with the surging Pacers. Both Indiana and Chicago own two of the league's top scoring defenses at 89.9 and 91.0, respectively. But the Bulls' defense hasn't looked the part of late. Chicago (15-12) has given up 212 points over its past two games, its highest two-game total of the season. The Bulls have let their last two opponents shoot a combined 52.8 percent from the floor - a number in stark contrast to their 43.1 season average. The latest defensive meltdown was a 120-97 loss to Houston on Christmas night. It was Chicago's largest margin of defeat of the season...
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