The Bulls nearly lost its shooting touch late, and went 0-13 at one point during the the 4th quarter. This allowed the Pacers the climb back into it and take a late lead. But Jimmy Butler’s clutch trey with 1:07 remaining, gave Chicago a 92-90 margin, which they held onto for the victory.
Butler, making a strong case for All-Star consideration, once again led the Bulls with 27 points and added 9 rebounds. Pau Gasol had 20 points, and Derrick Rose scored 17, in a game where the Bulls won, despite shooting a poor 34.5% from the floor. Rose was 5 for 20 from the field. F Mike Dunleavy also had 8 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
The Bulls were leading by 16 early in the 4th quarter, when Chris Copeland of Indiana made shots, and the rest of the team followed. Six Pacers scored in the double-figures led by Copeland’s 17 points.
This was a “Whew!” win and the only thing to do was the leave the arena as soon as possible.