Pacers Unapologetic About Celebration Following Chicago Win
Derrick Rose, known for his calm demeanor, made his displeasure known on Wednesday night after the Pacers defeated the Bulls 95-90 at the United Center.
“I’ll never forget how they celebrated just from winning this game,” Rose told reporters. “I can’t wait to play them again.”
The Pacers handed the Bulls their first home loss of the season and gained a measure of revenge for their first-round playoff loss last spring. Including the 2011 postseason series, Indiana hadn’t won at Chicago since March 22, 2008, a stretch that included nine-straight defeats.
“I don’t think we did anything outside the box,” David West, who just signed with the Pacers last month, told RealGM on Friday night. “I thought we handled the game the right way, finished it the right way. Obviously you share the locker room area, so maybe he heard some guys come in happy after winning a game. One of the hardest things to do is just to win a game in the NBA. We were able to get one; it didn’t mean any more or less than any other game this season.”
Roy Hibbert, who has been with the Pacers the last four seasons and has lost a lot of games in Chicago, admitted that winning there was somewhat special.
“It’s not like we ran over there and took off our shirts or anybody stormed the court,” Hibbert told RealGM. We hadn’t won there in like 10 games, which is like four years, so you have to at least give us that. Nobody was over there doing anything crazy, but I understand losing and never wanting to have that feeling. It would have been different if it was a close game and we had already won there several times. I can understand where [Rose] is coming from, but you have to understand the situation – how long it had been since we won there.”