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Bulls Vs. Pacers, Game 4: Indiana Survives Furious Chicago Rally To Hold On, 89-84

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Bulls Vs. Pacers Score: Danny Granger, Indiana Survive To Force Game 5 Against Chicago

A late 13-1 Chicago run erased a sizable Indiana lead and made things interesting once again down the stretch between these two teams. Chicago had a chance to tie with just 14 seconds off but a Carlos Boozer three-point attempt missed short and Danny Granger iced the game at the other end with two free throws giving the Pacers an 89-84 win. 

Granger led Indiana with 24 points and 10 rebounds while Roy Hibbert had 16 and 10. The Bulls were led by Joakim Noah's 21 points and 14 boards. Carlos Boozer had 15 and 13 while Derrick Rose tallied 15 points and 10 assists. 

The story though was the furious comeback by Chicago late. Turnovers nearly undone the Pacers but they were able to compose themselves long enough to pull out the victory. Indiana didn't make it easy for themselves going just 22-34 from the free throw line. 

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Bulls Vs. Pacers Score: Derrick Rose Struggles, Indiana Leads 67-56 After Three

Chicago was able to cut into the Indiana's halftime lead but they still trail by a 67-56 score. The Pacers defense has been good particularly on Derrick Rose who has 10 points but is just 4-16 from the field and has only attempted two free throws thus far. Danny Granger is leading the way with 16 points and eight rebounds while Roy Hibbert has 12 points and seven boards.

Joakim Noah leads Chicago with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Carlos Boozer has 11 and eight respectively. 

The Pacers have been in this position before after watching a double figure lead disappear in Game 1 during the fourth quarter. If Indiana has cause for concern it is with their own free throw shooting. The Pacers are just 9-19 from the line through three quarters. If they want to pull out a victory, they need to continue to keep Rose off the line while they cash in on a few more of their free opportunities.  

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Bulls Vs. Pacers Score: Danny Granger Leads Indiana To Halftime Lead

The Indiana Pacers turned up the defense in the first half to capture a commanding 49-33 lead over the Chicago Bulls. Danny Granger and Paul George each scored nine points for the Pacers. The Indiana defense turned up the pressure, forcing the Bulls into 11 first half turnovers which led to 18 points by the Pacers. 

Derrick Rose injured his ankle late in the first quarter, but returned to the game in the second. He leads the Bulls with 10 points at the half. Joakim Noah has nine points while Carlos Boozer added seven, but Boozer is once again in foul trouble with three in the first half. 

The Pacers have enjoyed leads in each of the first three games, but have been unable to hold them coming down the stretch. 

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Bulls Vs. Pacers Score: Derrick Rose Injured, Pacers Lead 23-19 After One

All of Chicago was no doubt holding its breath as Derrick Rose limped to the bench gingerly on a twisted ankle that he suffered on a drive to the basket late in the first quarter. Rose went to the locker room but returned to the Chicago bench shortly before the quarter ended. His status for the remainder of the game is unknown. Before getting hurt, Rose scored seven points to lead the Bulls who trail the Pacers 23-19 after one. 

The Pacers jumped out to a good start led by the inspiring play of rookie Paul George, who scored seven points to lead Indiana. Danny Granger has five while Tyler Hansbrough has four. 

This game began in much the same way that the other games in this series have, with Indiana building an early advantage. They will have a much better chance of sustaining that advantage if Rose doesn't return or is hampered by that ankle injury.

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Bulls Vs. Pacers, Game 4: Derrick Rose Prepares Final Flourishes On First-Round Masterpiece

Nothing is ever easy on the way to the NBA Finals -- even for the undisputedly great players, like Kobe Bryant circa 2008 or LeBron James in 200always, the challenges are magnificent. Every bump can be a pratfall, even a first-round opponent like the Indiana Pacers. Derrick Rose hasn't been perfect against that bump, but he's been great enough at the right times -- and has made almost perfect adjustments to mitigate the issues facing him -- to have the Chicago Bulls in position for a 4-0 sweep on Saturday in Indianapolis (2:30 p.m. ET, TNT).

Rose has led the Bulls to victory in tight contests three straight times, taking over the down the stretch and watching the often rudderless Pacers float around aimlessly. Rose's own rudder is sometimes crooked -- he's shooting 38 percent from the field in the series, after all -- but there's no denying its truth in the closing minutes.

His teammates have been pretty good, too. Kyle Korver, in particular, has been a favored target for Rose in those key possessions; overall, the gunner has hit seven of eight of his three-pointers. The Bulls' big men have struggled from the floor -- Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer have each shot well below 40 percent so far -- but Luol Deng and Keith Bogans have also been effective from long-range (a combined 9-22) and the team's defense (excepting Boozer) has been predictably outstanding.

Indiana was primed for a fight, and has put up a great effort, and can still take Game 4 to prolong the seemingly inevitable. Danny Granger has been solid on offense, shooting almost 50 percent from the floor despite getting almost everything on the perimeter, and Darren Collison has been vital. The Pacers have a +2 efficiency differential when Collison is in the game, and a -14 when he is not.

But it just hasn't all added up, and the Bulls can be the first team to advance to second round. Be sure to see our Bulls vs. Pacers hub. For more on the Pacers, visit Indy Cornrows and SB Nation Indiana. For more on the Bulls, visit Blog-a-Bull and SB Nation Chicago.

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