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article imageNBA: Bulls send Pacers home with 116-89 win to win the series 4-1

By Austin Tyler     Apr 28, 2011 in Sports
Chicago - The Bulls allowed the Pacers to get game four with pour shooting and bad defense, but the Bulls put out a great effort today to end the series. Derrick Rose turned his ankle in game four, but came out and played today after wearing a boot for three days.
The Chicago Bulls (62-20) wanted to end the series at home as they took on the Indiana Pacers (37-45) for game five at the United Center. The Bulls started their run to late in game four to pull off the victory as the Pacers forced a game 5. This game, the Bulls lead from the start and finally went into halftime with the lead for the first time all series.
The Bulls started off with a 12-2 run that was started by a Keith Bogans three-pointer and capped off by a Derrick Rose layup. Paul George made a three-pointer to get the Pacers close 11-17, but another Bogans’ three-pointer gave them a nine point lead.
Luol Deng made a three-pointer to give the Bulls a 29-19 lead with 3:58 left in the period. Indiana went cold after a Danny Granger technical foul shoot, and the Bulls took advantage as they went up 14 points after Deng made a pair of free-throws. The Bulls ended the quarter with a 36-25 lead.
A.J. Price made a three-pointer to start the second quarter, and a few minutes later Brandon Rush made one also to get the Pacers within seven points. The Bulls stretched their lead back out to ten when Luol Deng made a layup. The Pacers did not score in the second from the 8:25 mark to the 4:05 mark. The only points that the Pacers scored was a free-throw from Tyler Hansbrough and a free-throw from Roy Hibbert.
The Bulls took a 13 point lead when Luol Deng made a pair of free-throws. Danny Granger made a three-pointer to get the Pacers within eight, 48-40. Dahntay Jones made a jumper with .33 seconds left with to get the Pacers within eight to end the half, 54-46.
Chicago took a 59-46 lead with Keith Bogans making a three-pointer in the beginning of the third quarter. The Bulls had a 61-50 lead and the Pacers went on a 7-0 spurt to get within four, and forced Bulls to take a timeout.
After the timeout the Bulls went on a run of their own with Derrick Rose making three-pointers during a 14-3 run to make a 75-60 lead. With 1:12 left in the period Keith Bogans made back-to-back three-pointers to give the Bulls an 82-65 lead. Chicago ended the period with a 9-2 run to take an 84-65 lead into the final period.
Keith Bogans of the Chicago Bulls
Keith Bogans of the Chicago Bulls
The Bulls got within 16 points with Danny Granger making a three-pointer. The Pacers got another three-pointer from Danny Granger, but the Bulls responded with three-pointers from Kyle Korver and Luol Deng to take a 19 point, 96-75 lead.
The Bulls bench came into the game and played the rest of the fourth quarter as they slammed the door on the Pacers season. Deng made one more three-pointer before he went out, and Korver made one also to give the Bulls a 111-83 lead with 3:17 left in the game.
Danny Granger scored 20 points with six rebounds and three assists. Tyler Hansbrough had 14 points with 11 rebounds. Roy Hibbert scored 11 points, and Dahntay Jones came off the bench to score 10 points.
Derrick Rose scored 25 points with six assists, and Luol Deng scored 24 points with seven assists, and six rebounds. Joakim Noah scored 14 points with eight rebounds and three assists. Keith Bogans scored 15 points to have a big game from behind the arc going 5-7.
Kyle Korver came off the bench to score 13 points and Taj Gibson scored 10 points with seven rebounds.
Chicago closed out the series 4-1, and wait to see who they play out of the Atlanta Hawks and the Orlando Magic.
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