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article imageNBA: Pacers avoid sweep with 89-84 victory over the Bulls

By Austin Tyler     Apr 24, 2011 in Sports
Indianapolis - This series has had the Pacers leading at halftime in every series, but had the Bulls coming back in the fourth quarter to win the games. This time the Pacers led at halftime, but almost fell to the usual when the Bulls made another late push.
The Indiana Pacers (37-45) hosted the Chicago Bulls (62-20) for their second home game in this seven game series. The Pacers gave up the last two games when they allowed the Bulls to bounce back in the fourth quarter to get three straight victories to go up 3-0. The Pacers finally closed a game out to win their first game 89-84.
Indiana had an 11-6 lead to open the first quarter with a Danny Granger layup. The Bulls tied the game up when Carlos Boozer completed a three-point play to tie the game up at 11. Paul George made a three-pointer to spark an 8-2 run that gave them a 20-13 lead.
The Bulls got a layup from Derrick Rose, and a jumper from Ronnie Brewer to cut into the Pacers lead. Dahntay Jones made one of two free-throws to give the Pacers a 23-17 lead. C.J. Watson made a pair of free-throws for the Bulls to end the quarter down 23-19.
Chicago started the second quarter struggling as the Pacers pushed their lead 29-22 when Josh McRoberts tipped-in a rebound. The Bulls bounced back to get within four before Indiana called a timeout. Joakim Noah got a dunk to get within two, 32-30.
The Pacers went on an 11-0 run to take a 15 point 47-31 lead with .41 seconds left. The Bulls got a pair of free-throws from Joakim Noah to make it 47-33. Danny Granger made a tip-in basket to close the half out and give the Pacers a 49-33 lead going into halftime.
The teams traded baskets to open the third quarter, but the Bulls started to cut away at the Pacers lead with a three-pointer from Luol Deng and a layup from Joakim Noah to get within 11 points. The Bulls cut the Pacers lead into single-digits, but the Pacers bounced back and took a 11 point lead again on a free-throw from Darren Collison.
Chicago got a layup from Luol Deng to try and cut into Indiana’s lead. Mike Dunleavy got fouled while he was shooting a three-pointer, but only made 1 out of 3. Kyle Korver made a pair of free-throws to get the Pacers’ lead to single-digits going into the fourth.
Indiana opened the final period by pushing their lead to 16 points behind five straight points from A.J. Price. The Pacers kept their lead at 16 points until the 8:12 mark when Kyle Korver made a jumper.
Danny granger made a jumper to give the Pacers a 80-64 lead with 6:43 left in the game. With 2:38 the left in the game the Bulls made their push with Kyle Korver making a three-pointer to get within 11 points. The Bulls went on a 8-0 run to get it close 84-79 and Indiana took a timeout with .46 seconds left.
Derrick Rose got a steal with .38 seconds left and a dunk to get the Bulls within three. Mike Dunleavy made a free-throw to make it 85-81, and the Bulls took a timeout. Joakim Noah made a three-point play to get the Bulls within one, 85-84.
You could see the “not again” look on the Pacers faces when Noah made the free-throw and they called the timeout.
The Pacers got the ball in and Danny Granger was fouled to try and stretch the game out, but he made both free-throws to make it a three-point game. Carlos Boozer missed the three-pointer for the Bulls, and the Pacers got two more free-throws from Granger to force a game five.
Joakim Noah led the Bulls with 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Luol Deng scored 16 points. Carlos Boozer and Derrick Rose both scored 15 points apiece. Rose finished with 10 rebounds and four steals, and Boozer finished with 13 rebounds and four assists.
Danny Granger scored 24 points with 10 rebounds to lead the Pacers. Roy Hibbert had a big game with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Paul George had nine points and five rebounds. A.J. Price came off the bench and scored 10 points in 15 minutes of play.
The Bulls will host game five back at the United Center on Tuesday, April 26, 2011. Chicago can close out the series on Tuesday or Indiana can push a game six with another win.
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