Pac­ers Hand Bulls’ Boylen Los­ing Start

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NEW YORK (Dis­patches) - Myles Turner scored 18 points as the In­di­ana Pac­ers handed Jim Boylen a los­ing start with the Chicago Bulls on Tues­day.

Boylen took over the head coach­ing du­ties with the Bulls on Mon­day after Chicago fired Fred Hoiberg.

But the scale of the task fac­ing Boylen was un­der­scored by the Pac­ers in In­di­anapo­lis as the Bulls slipped to a 96-90 de­feat. The loss left Chicago with a 5-20 record, an­chor­ing them firmly at the bot­tom of the Eastern Con­fer­ence stand­ings.

The Pac­ers im­proved to 14-10 for the sea­son, mov­ing them into fifth place in the East, 5.5 games adrift of lead­ers Toronto. As well as his dou­ble-digit points tally, Turner also chipped in with 11 re­bounds and three as­sists.

The 22-year-old power for­ward, who also had five blocks, was given sup­port from Dar­ren Col­li­son, who had 23 points and eight as­sists. Fin­nish for­ward Lauri Markka­nen led the scor­ing for Chicago with 21 points and 10 re­bounds.

Boylen mean­while praised his team’s char­ac­ter -- but point­edly warned that fit­ness lev­els need to im­prove.

“I re­ally like this team,” Boylen said. “We com­peted. We bat­tled. That’s a big, phys­i­cal team. I’m dis­ap­pointed we didn’t win. But I’m not dis­cour­aged. We showed grit.

“I’m re­ally dis­ap­pointed in our con­di­tion­ing,” Boylen added. “It’s go­ing to change.” Else­where Tues­day, the Or­lando Magic im­proved to 12-12 for the sea­son with a 105-90 win over the Mi­ami Heat in their Flor­ida derby.

Aaron Gor­don had 20 points with 13 re­bounds for Or­lando, one of six Magic play­ers to fin­ish in dou­ble fig­ures.

Nikola Vuce­vic and Ter­rence Ross both had 19 points for Or­lando.

Jus­tise Winslow led the scor­ing for Mi­ami with 14 points off the bench.

Mi­ami vet­eran Dwyane Wade ac­cused his team-mates of com­pla­cency fol­low­ing the de­feat, which had fol­lowed con­sec­u­tive wins over New Or­leans and Utah.

“We just re­laxed for some rea­son, like we got enough wins around here,” Wade said. “I thought our of­fense stunk.”

“I would rather play Golden State than Or­lando be­cause we don’t play with the same fo­cus when we don’t play against a team we see on TV ev­ery night,” he added.

A mis­er­able night for Mi­ami also saw Has­san White­side leave the bench with 40.5 sec­onds re­main­ing and head for the locker room.

Mi­ami head coach Erik Spoel­stra played down the sign­f­i­cance of White­side’s ap­par­ent tantrum.

“He’s prob­a­bly ex­tremely upset like we all are,” Spoel­stra said af­ter­ward. In Dal­las, Mav­er­icks ace Luka Don­cic led the way in a 111-102 vic­tory over the Port­land Trail Blaz­ers.

Slove­nian teenager Don­cic also had three as­sists in the vic­tory. Damian Lil­lard weighed in with 33 points for Port­land, who fell to 13-11 after the loss. In Salt Lake City, Dono­van Mitchell had 20 points and Rudy Gobert 18 as the Utah Jazz routed the San An­to­nio Spurs by a score of 139-105.

In the night’s other game, Phoenix’s mis­er­able cam­paign con­tin­ued with a 122-105 loss to the Sacra­mento Kings.

The Suns are now prop­ping up the Western Con­fer­ence with a 4-20 record, the worst record in the NBA.

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