Indianapolis. Jimmy Butler scored 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds and the Chicago Bulls held off a late rally to beat Indiana 92-90 Monday for their seventh consecutive NBA victory.
Spanish star Pau Gasol added 20 points while Derrick Rose contributed 17 despite 5-of-20 shooting for the visiting Bulls, who improved to 22-9, two games behind Toronto for the best record in the Eastern Conference.
The Bulls nearly squandered a 21-point lead with a sluggish fourth quarter in which they were outscored 25-11.
A 3-point play by Chicago’s Mike Dunleavy, who pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds, put the Bulls ahead 75-54 late in the third quarter, but Chicago missed an unprecedented 17 shots in a row until Gasol broke the futility streak with a turnaround jumper with 3:27 remaining in the fourth quarter. Elsewhere, Nets overcame Kings 107-99.
While the Bulls went silent, the Pacers scored 20 points in a row at one stretch, with Lavoy Allen’s layup midway into the final period putting Indiana in front and Luis Scola’s basket putting the Pacers ahead 86-83.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor