Robinson helps Bulls beat Pacers at Notre Dame

Robinson helps Bulls beat Pacers at Notre Dame
October 26, 2012, 9:54 pm
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Indiana Pacers guard D.J. Augustin, right, drives the lane against Chicago Bulls guard Nate Robinson during the first half of an NBA exhibition basketball game on Friday Oct. 26, 2012, at Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)


SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Nate Robinson replaced Kirk Hinrich in Chicago's starting lineup and had 21 points and eight assists, helping the Bulls hold off the Indiana Pacers, 97-90 at Notre Dame's Joyce Center.

Luol Deng added 17 points for the Bulls, who never trailed and finished the preseason with a 5-2 record, best in the Central Division.

Roy Hibbert led Indiana (4-3) with 17 points and eight rebounds. David West had 16 points and nine boards, and D.J. Augustin totaled 10 points and 13 assists for the Pacers.

Taj Gibson had nine points and 11 rebounds off the bench for Chicago.

Hinrich did not play after straining his right groin Tuesday against Oklahoma City.