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Robinson helps Bulls beat Pacers

Published: Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Nate Robinson replaced Kirk Hinrich in the Bulls’ starting lineup and had 21 points and eight assists, helping them 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 the Bulls.

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

The Bulls led by as many as 15 points in the first quarter. Indiana got the lead down to 52-43 by halftime, thanks to 10 points off the bench from Ian Mahinmi, who finished with 14.

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